Sunday, December 25, 2016

Amish White Christmas Pie (recipe and book suggestion.)

Amish White Christmas Pie Recipe

  1. In small bowl, soak gelatin in cold water; set aside.
  2. In saucepan, mix 1/2 cup sugar, flour, salt and milk.
  3. Cook over low heat, stirring until mixture comes to a boil.
  4. Boil for 1 minute; remove from heat.
  5. Stir in softened gelatin.
  6. Cool.
  7. When partially set, beat until smooth.
  8. Blend in vanilla, almond extract and whipped cream.
  9. In separate bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff.
  10. Add 1/2 cup sugar and beat until soft peaks from.
  11. Fold into gelatin mixture; then fold in flaked coconut.
  12. Divide into baked pie shells.
  13. If desired, sprinkle with additional flaked coconut.
  14. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
                                                                                                                                                                                         AND a good novel to read to go with the pie (recipe from this book) is:

    Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    Phone Shanty # 1

    A phone shanty is often mistaken for an outhouse. Usually the outhouse has no windows and has a pipe up top for ventilation.

    Wednesday, November 23, 2016

    Amish Cabbage Casserole for Thanksgiving

                                               Makes a great addition to the Thanksgiving meal.
    Recipe from Amish country from Lovis Stoltzfus in Kinzers, PA . A good and satisfying side dish.


    1. Cook cabbage in salted water until tender; drain thoroughly.
    2. In a large skillet, sauté onion in 4 Tbsp.of butter until tender.
    3. Add soup and cheese, heat and stir until melted.
    4. Stir in cabbage (salt& pepper if desired).
    5. Transfer to an un-greased 2-quart baking dish.
    6. In a small skillet, melt remaining 1 Tbsp.butter; stir in breadcrumbs.
    7. Brown lightly.
    8. Remove from heat and sprinkle over casserole.
    9. Bake uncovered at 350ºF.for 20-30 minutes, or until heated through.

    Wednesday, November 2, 2016

    Author's Autumn Visit to Amish in Montgomery County # 12

        Photo by author
    Note: If you look near the front of the roof of the buggy, you can see the light blue door frame of the house. The Amish in this area all have blue doors on their homes, as do their schools.

    Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    Author's Autumn Visit to Amish in Montgomery County, NY # 11

        Photo by Sylvia Hasenkopf
    This girl was all smiles and aware of the camera, so leaving her face intact for this photo.

    Thursday, October 27, 2016

    Author's Autumn Visit to Amish in Montgomery County, NY # 10

        Face blurred out of respect for not wanting to be photographed.
       Women and children typically go barefoot in the warmer weather.   

       Photo by Sylvia Hasenkopf

    Monday, October 24, 2016

    Author's Autumn Visit to Amish in Montgomery County, NY # 9

    NOTE:  Face (eyes) covered - out for respect to the Amish not wanting to be photographed.
       'Brown' is the typical color used for bonnets, capes and aprons in this area.

        Photo by Sylvia Hasenkopf

    Sunday, October 23, 2016

    Author's Autumn Visit to Amish in Montgomery County, NY # 8

                         The Amish in this area have light brown, kind of dark mustard colored buggy tops.

    Sunday, October 16, 2016

    Amish School Boys from Visit to Montgomery County # 4

        These boys had no desire to remain hidden from the camera or from us. They gave us quite a show when they saw us looking at them. So, I decided not to blur out their faces since they were aware of the camera, unlike other pics that will follow.  
             Photo by Sylvia Hasenkopf

    Thursday, October 13, 2016

    Author's Visit to N.Y. Amish in Montgomery County # 2

        On Dillenback Rd. Palatine, NY area.
    Lots of home grown pumpkins and squash for sale for a reasonable price.
    (Photo of author with Amish woman by Sylvia Hasenkopf.)

    Friday, September 23, 2016

    Amish Shoofly Pie Recipe


    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    3/4 cup boiling water
    1/2 cup baking molasses
    1 egg yolk
    3/4 cup flour
    1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
    1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    2 tablespoons butter or shortening
    1 pie pastry (9 inch)


    Dissolve soda in boiling water and add to egg and molasses. Set aside.

    Stir dry ingredients together, mixing well. Cut in shortening until mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Pour molasses mixture into pie shell. Sprinkle crumbs evenly over top. Do not stir.

    Bake at 450 degrees F for 15 minutes then reduce heat to 350 degrees F and bake 20 minutes longer. Cool and serve.

    Monday, June 27, 2016