Free Recipe Friday – Porcupines!

The first time I ever tasted Porcupines was in a Shaker restaurant. Imagine my surprise to find the recipe for Porcupine Meatballs in Wonderful Good Cooking, a small-press Amish cookbook produced by my brother-in-law’s friend in Berlin, Ohio several decades … Continue reading

Book Reviews

Hello Blog Writers….With a full slate of books being released this year I’m looking for Blog reviewers. I can send you two copies of each book. (one to give away). And I’ll do questions and answers if you wish. Even blog … Continue reading

Growing Up Amish

From a press release by Vincennes “New York Times best-selling author Ira Wagler will return home to receive an Honorary Doctorate of Letters during Vincennes  University’s 206th Commencement on April 28. Both Wagler and VU President Dick Helton will … Continue reading

The Beauty of Quilts

The other day I was making up the guest room in preparation for a friend’s visit. As I spread a quilt over the mattress and smoothed out a wrinkle, my fingers lingered over a seam. This quilt is one of … Continue reading

Anybody hear of the grain spelt?

During one of my first trips to Amish Country, I discovered an old-fashioned grain that’s growing in popularity, especially in organic and whole-food markets–Spelt. Some of my Old Order friends use spelt for horse feed, but have recently started baking … Continue reading