A Very Plain AMISH Christmas Cookbook
The story behind “A Very Plain AMISH Christmas Cookbook” is quite a simple one, and yet so many stop me to ask, “Why a cookbook?” After all, the main focus of my writing has been about business, marketing, and psychology, so why deviate right now, at this time to cooking?
Some years ago I was actively involved in restoring rotted out horse drawn vehicles as a hobby. It began with a single horse sleigh I had picked up out of a farmer’s field in Medicine Hat, Alberta in Canada. Then some years later an old McLaughlin buggy, typical of the old doctor’s buggy that some would see in television westerns came into my possession.
My buggy had been in the family for a long time, and in fact, so long that most had forgotten about it. They had forgotten about it for so long that the barn it sat in had actually collapsed, but fortunately the hay loft was full of loose hay, and it acted as a pillow between the buggy and the barn beams. When the debris was cleared away, the buggy rolled out of the barn fully intact, but showing years of modest decay.
I was able to complete much of the wood replacement on my own, but when it came to the wheels, I lacked the jigs for cutting and shaping the spokes as well as the hubs. It was at this time that I had the unique pleasure of getting to know members of North America’s Amish community.
Members of the Amish community were gracious to assist me in the necessary restoration of my buggy wheels, and it was during this period that I had a chance to poke around taking a closer look at their lifestyle.
Known for living a very plain lifestyle, the Amish work hard every day void of many of the things in life which the non-Amish community now consider to be normal. The traditional old order Amish still function today without electricity, and gas powered vehicles.
As a single parent, meal preparation fell on my shoulders and I often sought out recipes to prepare meals for my children. When it came to recipes that had stood the test of time, there seemed no better place to turn than to my Amish friends.
Today’s Amish community, due to rising real estate values are being forced to move away from their tight knit communities and with that will come an end to a way of life.
This book contains some of the traditional Christmas Amish recipes which have been shared with me over the years. Some of these recipes date back as far as the late 1800’s and most are so well known that members of the various Amish communities can quote these recipes to a person from memory.
These recipes are huge in size as many are designed to feed large farm families and guests. For the most part these recipes can be cut in half or quartered to accommodate a smaller family meal.
It’s my hope that in making A Very Plain AMISH Christmas Cookbook available, you too will come to enjoy the incredible recipes found inside it’s pages.
A Very Plain AMISH Christmas Cookbook
Levi Bechler’s Bacon Chestnuts
Coblentz’s Famous Oven Baked Onion Rings
Rachel Klopfenstein’s Cheesy Pecan Roll
Nancy Strubhar’s Incredible Deep Fried Zucchini Sticks
Albrecht’s Cucumber Dip
Sweitzer’s Broiled Grapefruit & Oranges with Brown Sugar
Naomi’s Egg Cheese
Katura Lantz’s Ham Roll Ups
Aaron Yordi’s Favourite Garlic Nuts
Elizabeth Muller’s Apple Pizzas
Mary Stahler’s Best Onion Fritters
Eli’s Favourite Spicy Nut Mixture
Susan’s Stuffed Mushroom Caps
Mary’s Christmas Quiche
Barbara Schmucker’s Fried Cheese Sticks
Mary Plank’s Fried Dill Pickle Slices
Rebecca Otto’s Sweet Potato Bonbons
Elmo’s Favourite Piggies In Da Blanket
Samuel’s Cashew Crunch
Nancy Knepp’s Chicken-Corn Soup
Miriam Schrock’s Chili Soup
Emma Troyer’s Corn Fritters
Christner’s Amuzing Red Beet Eggs
Burkholder’s Vegetable Soup
Zook’s Tomato Fritters
Traditional Amish Turkey
Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Stuffing
Elizabeth Slagel’s Shepherd’s Pie
Nancy Ropp’s Chicken Pot Pie
Bontrager’s Beef Stew
Gloria Ramseyer’s Pot Roast
Nafziger’s Schnitz Und Knepp
Amish Holiday Meat Pies
Levi’s Favourite Baked Chicken
Rebecca’s Crunchy Chicken Pieces
Daniel’s Sausage Loaf
Rachel Verkler’s Hamburger Puffs
Barbara’s Scalloped Ham
VEGETABLES AND CASSEROLES
Miriam’s Asparagus and Knepp
Rachel’s Saturday Night Baked Beans
Nancy Oyer’s Cabbage-Filled Peppers
Burki’s Creamed Spinach
Mary’s Simple Fried Eggplant
Rachel Wagler’s Squash
Gloria’s Baked Stuffed Tomatoes
Broccoli With Sauce
Susan’s Sour Cream Cabbage
Nancy Camp’s Fried Tomatoes
Samuel’s Christmas Baked Carrots
Katura’s Fried Parsnip Patties
Ruvenacht’s Crusty Baked Potatoes
Ringenberg’s Basque Potatoes
Amish Traditional Baked Stuffing or Dressing
Emma Bachman’s Chicken Loaf
Egli’s Baked Potatoes and Green Beans
Eli’s Wee Piglet Pie
Emma Beachey’s Pluckets (Sweet Pull-Buns)
Eli’s Favourite Cornmeal Buns
Rebecca Lepp’s Honey Oatmeal Bread
Traditional Amish Aylmer Bread
Katura Chupp’s Sweat Buns
Aaron’s Favourite Butterhorn’s
Rachel Grunden’s Sweet Cinnamon Raison Rolls
Yordy’s Nut and Date (or Raisin) Bread
Bontraeger’s Nutty Orange Bread
Nancy Augsburger’s Traditional Christmas Pumpkin Bread
Lambright’s Southern Style Biscuits
Amos Rocke’s Christmas Rum Fruitcake
Gloria Studer’s Applesauce Cake
Hostetler’s Banana Nut Cake
Miriam Imhoff’s Caramel Cake
Elizabeth Kemp’s Incredible Carrot Cake
Emma Jantzi’s Sweet Chocolate Cake
Eicher’s Spice Cake
Yutzi’s Shoo-Fly Pie
A Very Plain AMISH Christmas Cookbook — by James C. Tanner