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Thursday, November 20, 2014
Repeat post - Guest, Lue Shelter, Shares an Amish Thanksgiving-
Because so many viewed this blog yesterday for a peek into an Amish Thanksgiving with Lue Shelter, I am re-posting it again today. Five more days until Thanksgiving. Lue Shelter from Mount Eaton, Ohio is a guest on my blog. Welcome, Lue.
Lue is a former Amish woman who is still very much a part of her
Amish family. She lives among the Amish with her
husband, Bert (also former Amish.) They have grown children and an adorable
grandson who visit as often as they can. Lue and I became friends via
Facebook and she has been a great help to me in my research and interest regarding
the Amish. She is a blogger also, and welcomes visitors to connect with her at: www.lookinginmyrearviewmirror.com
A truly wonderful and interesting blog. Stop by and see.
Lets begin our interview...
1.Lue, do the Amish celebrate
Thanksgiving in much the same way as the Englisch?
I think they do. Food, family, fellowship.
The meals are usually very organized, the menu planned well in advance and
those who are invited are usually asked to bring a dish along. Depending on the
size of the family you will need 8-10 pies, so at least three ladies would be
asked to bring pie along. The same is true for the other desserts. This leaves
the hostess with only the hot food and if there are enough families invited,
someone might be asked to bring a salad or corn.
typically served for the meal?
This is usually ordered weeks ahead of time at the local
butcher shop. Many years ago more of the Amish had their own smoke houses, but
that practice has gone by the wayside and now they purchase their smoked turkey
from the butcher if they want one.
Delicious home grown potatoes are carefully peeled, diced, boiled in salt
water until fork tender. After the water has been drained off the potatoes the
Amish cook will take her potato masher and will begin mashing the potatoes,
adding butter, sour cream, cream cheese, warm milk and salt and pepper to
taste. The potatoes will be a very creamy and lump free consistency when
finished. Once in their serving dishes the mounds of creamy potatoes will get a
generous douse of browned butter. It is oh so good.
Toasted homemade bread cubes are mixed with eggs, shredded chicken, chopped
celery, carrots and potatoes, seasonings. Lastly milk is added to get the
proper consistency. Some Amish cooks first fry their dressing and then continue
to bake it until it is time to serve and other Amish cooks will pour the
dressing into well-buttered baking pans and bake until done.
Pan drippings from the turkey,
butter and flour turned into a rue and then chicken broth added until it is the
correct consistency, seasoned with salt and pepper and you have the best gravy
for your mashed potatoes and dressing.
Grown in the Amish cook’s garden,
processed in her kitchen, stashed away in her freezer for meals such as this
Homemade bread can be found all
across the Amish Thanksgiving tables. Served with delicious butter and homemade
jams and jellies.
This can be any salad, a lettuce salad,
a broccoli and cauliflower salad, or even a taco salad is very popular for
meals like this.
Home canned. From the Amish cook’s
canning shelf to the table.
Very often jello is served at large
dinners such as this one. Apple salad, or ribbon salad are two favorites. My
mom likes to make triple orange salad for her dinners.
This varies, some Amish cooks like
to serve mixtures of their canned fruit, but as the time progresses, they are
more “fancy” with their fruit and will mix up fresh fruits with a sweet sauce
they cook up to pour over it. The sauce is more like a glaze and made similar
as pie filling, only it is clear in color. Frozen, mashed strawberries can also
be a choice fruit dish.
Ho Ho cakes are very popular with
their creamy marshmallow layer underneath a very thick layer of chocolate. They
are so delicious and almost always every crumb is gone by end of day.
Date pudding, cracker pudding, Oreo
pudding. All favorites at a meal such as this one.
Pumpkin and pecan pies are high up
on the list. But if the crowd is huge you can add some apple pies and cream
pies to the mix. Peanut butter cream is a favorite throughout Amish families.
Coffee and Water
3.It is a custom for most
Englisch households to have a football game on after dinner. Since the Amish do
not watch TV, do they play games such as checkers or scrabble afterward?
A few things come to mind, the first one is that if the men
are big on hunting they will take the afternoon and go rabbit or deer hunting.
Both are in season during Thanksgiving and so very often you will find a few of
the men off hunting in the woods nearby. The rest of the folks will gather in
the living room and visit. The ladies usually on church benches and kitchen chairs, the men usually sit on the couches and
rockers, only time that changes is if there is an older lady in the group then
she would get a rocking chair, usually a homemade hickory rocker. The children
do find their way to the kitchen table to play games. They find new ones all
the time, but old favorites are Dutch Blitz, Sorry or Chutes and ladders. A
newer game they play a lot is Settlers. The young folks very often will play
Rook. You can usually find me at that
table too, because I enjoy a good Rook game. J
4.Do you have a favorite Amish
Thanksgiving recipe you can share with us?
Of course I do. There are so many. I think
I will share my mom’s Triple Orange Salad Recipe. It is so delicious and anyone
can make it.
Triple Orange Salad
1 box orange
instant vanilla pudding
1 box “cook
and serve” tapioca pudding
2 ½ cups
2 cups Cool
Whip or whipping cream
1.Bring water to boil. Add orange jello, instant vanilla
pudding and cook and serve tapioca pudding. Stir until all sugars have been
Set aside to cool. This pudding base needs to be cold before
you go on to the next step.
2.Add drained mandarin oranges and cool whip.
3.Pour in a pretty glass bowl. I like to add a few oranges
on top. In fact, I use more than one can of mandarin oranges when I make this
recipe because I like lots of oranges in my jello. As with any other recipe, an
Amish cook will always adjust to suit their fancy.
Thank you, Lue, for giving us a glimpse into an Amish
Thanksgiving. If we lived closer, I'd be hinting at an invitation to your place for
sure and for certain!