Friday, August 2, 2013

"Love thy neighbor..."

    One day a road worker for our county who lived about an hour and a half from us in Stone Arabia, was paving our road. He stopped his work to help my husband and friends erect a huge antenna. Living among the Amish, he did what any Amish man would a neighbor. Told us how he loved having Amish as neighbors because they are so helpful to everyone, and described a barn raising he'd seen. Said he'd never seen so many men come together to build a many ants on a roof.  How wonderful to have the whole community rush to the aid of one who had an unfortunate happening, such as a barn fire. A true testimony of "loving thy neighbor as thyself."    

 While a barn raising is indeed hard work, beginning very early in the morning, it is also a time for fellowship and fun. The women bring lots of delicious food, and all gather at noon for a joyful meal, catching up on the latest news. Most times the meal is eaten outdoors, weather permitting. The Amish call this, a frolic.

     Well,  August is here, so we're ready for our new monthly Amish recipe. One that I enjoy is: Fried Corn Mush, except I bake mine and, sometimes I eat it cold right out of the fridge with maple syrup or fruit preserves.
Here's the recipe:                                        
One cup water
1 tsp. salt
1 cup stone ground yellow cornmeal
2 cups boiling water.
Place the water and 1 tsp. salt in a saucepan. Whisk in the cornmeal. Add the boiling water, stir constantly over medium low heat until thickened. Approximately 15 minutes or so.
Pour into a glass loaf pan and refrigerate overnight. Unmold in the morning, slice as you would pound cake and fry in about 2 T. vegetable oil until browned on each side. Drain on paper towels, then place on a serving plate.  Enjoy topped with some thick dark molasses.

Note: If you are avoiding fried foods, lightly grease a baking pan or, use a non-stick un-greased baking pan, and bake the sliced corn mush in a 400 degree oven until lightly golden. OR, you can heat for a few seconds in the microwave – still tastes very good drizzled with the molasses, honey, or maple syrup. Nutritious too!

PA Dutch Words of the month
Ferhoodled: Confused. Mixed up. Aint so?: Right?  Isn't that so?  
Expression of the month:  Eat yourself full: Eat heartily.  Eat up.

The following is a link to an article I wrote about the popularity of Amish romance novels;

Amish Read of the Month:  
The Tomato Patch, by Sarah Price (After all, August is a time of abundant tomatoes.) 

Check back from time to time to see details of my upcoming visit to Stone Arabia where I'll be among the Amish again.


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