I love my Homestyle Amish Kitchen Cookbook. I also love and admire how the Amish live a simple life of love, gratitude, and faith in the midst of a very complicated world. To some, they may seem old-fashioned, but when it comes to living with an abiding peace, they are far beyond most of us living a frazzled, fast-paced modern life. Their cookbook is full of plainly delicious recipes from the simple life.
The Amish personify simple living based on living with less choice. When an Amish woman wakes in the morning, she doesn’t face countless decisions about how to carry on with her day: what to wear, what to do, how to do it. It’s already been decided: Friday? housecleaning; Saturday? grass cutting; Monday? laundry day. She knows exactly what has to be done and in what order. But having less choice isn’t what makes Amish life a simple life. A truly simple life is much more than that. They have a guiding principle that seems to rest on Jesus’ words: to only live with things that they really use. And to treasure them: faith, families, homes and communities. Amish maintain one of the strongest and most stable family systems in America.
Although Amish women are not free to use makeup, they are free from the pressure to look “perfect” or to fight normal aging or to be a size 2 when their body wants to be a size 10. The Amish are not free to accept Social Security checks, but they are free from worrying about who will care for them in their old age. They are free from trying to keep up with the Joneses, free from feeling inferior to others, free from competition among friends. They are free to be uncool.
*We are not promised skies always blue, but a Helper to see us through.
HAM CASSEROLE INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups cooked ham, cubed
1 cup potatoes, diced
1 cup carrots, diced
1 cup mixed vegetables of your choice
1 tbsp flour
*your favorite biscuit recipe
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 tsp dried parsley
salt and pepper to taste, if desired
Brown the ham in a small amount of oil and then add the potatoes, carrots, add enough water so they don’t stick while cooking. Cook until tender and add vegetables and enough boiling water to cover them. Stir together flour with enough cold water to make a very thin paste. Add this to the meat and vegetables while stirring constantly. Pour mixture into large casserole or baking dish. Drop biscuit dough, to which you add the cheese, parsley and salt and pepper, on top of the casserole and bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until biscuits are cooked through.
Need a biscuit recipe?
In mixing bowl combine:
2 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
Cut in finely 1 /3 cup shortening and add:
3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp milk
Stir with a fork to make a soft dough
TIP: Great recipe to have when you have leftover ham. After your ham dinner measure and cube cooked ham and freeze in a baggie.
*Excerpts taken from Amish Peace by Suzanne Woods Fisher