This delightful cookbook was originally inspired by the lack of a community cookbook. Sherry Gore wanted to gift her friend a cookbook that represented her Pinecraft community located in Sarasota, FL, but sadly couldn't find any. She gathered recipes from the local women and also posted in The Budget (a well-known and read Amish paper) for recipes from those that may have visited the Pinecraft community in the past. This task took over three years and more than 700 recipes to weed through before "Simply Delicious Amish Cooking" was born.
When skimming the pages, one will first come across the story of the community, cookbook, the Amish and their beliefs as well as information about The Budget and how it can be obtained. Then comes the sections with the delicious recipes and story excerpts taken from The Budget creating a wonderful blend of food and stories to delight the soul. One soon discovers how important food is to the Amish and Mennonite communities.
I took my time testing and cooking recipe after recipe from "Simply Delicious Amish Cooking" and the title could not be any more correct or self-explanatory! The recipes are simple, using basic ingredients and they are delicious!!! Be prepared to find recipes for Honey Whole Wheat, to Amish Bean Soup, to Hand-Breaded Pork Chops and Creamy Country Gravy to some of the most delightful (and sinful) desserts like Final Exam Brownies. At the end is a chapter called "This and That" and it has recipes for things that didn't seem to fit in the other categories such as Zucchini Relish and Apple Butter.
Every recipe I tried was very, very good. The family wanted seconds and family and friends demanded (yes - you read that right) the recipes. There were a few recipes that called for ingredients that I didn't have on hand because of our location, but then again, I'm not sure if I would really want to try the Alligator Stew. I, too, like to cook simple and that really doesn't fit into my line of simple thinking.
This cookbook is a treasure of both recipes and stories and would make the most wonderful gift for anyone on your gift-list as well as a copy for yourself. It comes highly recommended by all who have tasted the recipes from it so far and I know a few of those have went out and purchased their own copies!
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Sherry Gore lives in Pinecraft, an Amish and Mennonite Community in Sarasota, Florida. When she couldn't find a local Amish cookbook to give to a friend, she set off on a mission to create one. Simply Delicious Amish Cooking is the second cookbook created as a result of her efforts. The recipes are from the Plain folks who live or vacation in the Pinecraft community.
Amish cooking is all about simplicity. The recipes in this cookbook have ingredients that you would have at home or are easy to find at the store. Many recipes contain processed foods, which is surprising to me coming from an Amish cookbook. There are not a lot of pictures of the recipes but the ones included look appetizing. The recipes have simple instructions. They easy to put together and sound very tasty. Many of them have a tropical feel with the addition of oranges and pineapple. Scattered among the recipes are excerpts from The Budget, an Amish and Mennonite newspaper. They give the reader a glimpse into the Amish way of life. If you enjoy recipes that are no fuss, check out this cookbook.
I enjoyed this cookbook, even though several of the recipes aren't totally made from scratch. They are so many recipes that I want to make in it. I decided to try the recipe for Iced Coffee since my older children like to drink it. The Iced Coffee was a hit, my children thought it was good.
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons instant coffee
1 1/2 cups brewed coffee, cooled to room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Combine ingredients in a 2 quart pitcher. Add 1 quart of milk. Fill glass with ice and add coffee mixture. Refrigerate leftovers.
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I love this cookbook and I am happy to add it to my cookbook collection. The recipes inside are easy to make and delicious too! The photos soon will have you drooling and the information inside is helpful and the stories are all so interesting.
Where can you find a recipe for Alligator Stew in other recipe books? If you were looking for Yumesetti under what category would you find it? Have you ever heard of Morning Glory Muffins or Spiced Pretzels? It's all here in this wonderful cookbook.
Order this cookbook for your collection and start making some easy mouth watering recipes! You will be glad you did!
Thank you Sherry Gore for putting together this wonderful cookbook that can be treasured recipe after recipe!
Simply Delicious Amish Cooking is a cookbook with wonderful Amish/Mennonite recipes and anecdotes as well as stories of the Pinecraft Amish/Mennonite Community in Pinecraft, Florida. This book has lots of wonderful recipes with little to no processed ingredients. And most of the recipes have a small amount of ingredients too, hence the title. This is a wonderful ebook that I highly recommend. I enjoyed reading about the start of their community in Pinecraft and learning about different aspects of their lives as well. So many recipes to try, they all sound so yummy! I can't wait to cook another!
Unbeknownst to many folks outside the Amish Mennonite population in America, Pinecraft, Florida---a village tucked away in the heart of Sarasota---is the vacation paradise of the Plain People. Unlike any other Plain community in the world, this village is a virtual melting pot of Amish and Mennonites from around the world, intermingled with people, like author Sherry Gore's family, who live there year-round. Gore has put together a cookbook that represents the people who make Pinecraft unique. With hundreds of easy-to-prepare recipes, 16 full-color photographs and black-and-white photographs throughout, this cookbook includes traditional favorites such as Sweet Potato Sweet Mash and Mrs. Byler's Glazed Donuts, as well as Florida favorites including Fried Alligator Nuggets, Grilled Lime Fish Fillets, and Strawberry Mango Smoothies. Interspersed with the recipes are true-life stories about births, engagements, weddings, deaths, funerals, celebrations, wildlife encounters, and accidents told through years of Sherry's Letters from Home column published in The Budget, the Amish newspaper. This delightful cookbook offers readers a faith-based, family-focused perspective of the simple way of life of the Plain People. It is truly a breath of fresh air from Sarasota, Florida!
The recipes in this book really are simple and delicious! I'm always looking for a good, simple cookbook. I hope this is as enjoyable for others as it has been for my family!
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