AMISH COOKBOOK New town's clothing customs lead to wardrobe changes

By Lovina Eicher


Two years have passed since I wrote my first column. Taking over for my Dear Mother was the hardest thing I ever had to do. God has been a tremendous help and so have you readers with your encouragement.

My husband, Joe, is home today working on the pole barn. We're putting in new overhead doors for it. Our other ones were pretty old and these new ones are insulated to heat for church services. Joe and Jacob have a good start in insulating them but they ran out of insulation. Material is so expensive. So maybe we can do a little at a time and have it done by the time we have church.

I have a big laundry out on the lines. Sister Verena came over and had breakfast with us and then helped me with the laundry. We were at their house for supper last night and so were Jacob and Emma's. They had a delicious supper. It's always nice to eat someone else's cooking.


I sure got plenty of good used clothes at the Amish garage sales this spring. It helped out a lot with my sewing. I couldn't buy the material for the price I gave for it. Clothing customs are different in this community so we had to have all new clothes. A lady in our church also gave me a lot of clothes that her children had outgrown. I thought that was so nice of her. It was greatly appreciated and saved me a lot of sewing.

Tomorrow I take Loretta to the doctor for a check-up on her arm. Hopefully it is healing good. If it is, her cast can be taken off in two weeks. She says it is really itchy.

I made something different for breakfast this morning. We really liked it. I'll share my recipe. A hint: I put cheese slices on top after they are almost done.

Bacon and potato pancakes

5 to 6 medium potatoes, chopped

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 tablespoons flour

Oil for frying


5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

2 eggs, beaten

Salt/pepper to taste

Shred potatoes. In a bowl combine potatoes, bacon, onion, eggs, flour, salt and pepper. In a skillet, heat oil until sizzling. Drop by 2 heaping tablespoons into hot oil. Flatten to form patties. Fry until golden brown. Turn and cook other side. Drain on paper towels. Yield: 2 dozen.

The Amish Cook is a weekly column written by Lovina Eicher, an Old Order Amish woman who lives in Michigan. To comment, send mail to Eicher at P.O. Box 2144, Middletown, OH 45042.

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