Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Gather Around The Amish Table Review



Incorporate Amish cooking traditions this fall in your kitchen with Lucy Leid's Gather Around the Amish Table. Straight from Amish kitchens to yours, this cookbook offers favorite family recipes and charming stories from Amish and Mennonite cooks. Gather your family around the table to sample the nourishing fare and trademark charm of the plain people. In the words of one cookbook contributor: “Bake someone happy!”

Gather Around The Amish Table is a fantastic "cookbook." It is more than just a cookbook though, it is a wonderful collection of stories and recipes that are as delightful to prepare and they are to eat! 

For this review, I decided to make soup! I made Cream of Potato Soup and I wanted to see how easily one could modify these recipes to suit their own tastes, so I did just that! 



The original recipe is as follows:



1 Onions, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
4 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
boiling water
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons flour
3 tablespoons butter, softened
4 cups hot milk

Combine onions, celery , and potatoes in a saucepan with a little water. Simmer until tender. Drain and reserve liquid. mash cooked vegetables with a potato masher. Add some reserved liquid and season with salt and pepper. Mash again. In a separate saucepan, blend flour with butter to a smooth paste over low heat. Add hot milk and remaining reserved onion/celery/potato cooking liquid. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until thickened. Add mashed potatoes, onions, and celery, and heat until steaming.

I personally used onion powder and minced onion instead of fresh. And I added corned beef for a little added flavor, texture, and protein.

This soup made for a GREAT "stick to your ribs" comfort meal. It was inexpensive to prepare, and we had leftovers the next day as well. Adding the corned beef gave it a good meaty texture and feel. This soup has been added to our regular menu rotation!

Overall: 

Overall, Gather Around the Amish Table is a fantastic collection of recipes and lovely stories. the recipes call for easily obtained ingredients that many will already have on hand. They do referenced "canned" goods that are generally meant to be personally canned items or Amish items, but one could easily substitute in these cases. I don't think you'll be disappointed with this book! 







Get your fall baking underway with an Amish baking basket giveaway from Lucy and MennoMedia!

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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 29th. The winner will be announced September 30th on the Litfuse blog.

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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion and review. I was not required to post a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way.  The opinions expressed here belong to myself or my family only. I am posting this in accordance with FTC laws and regulations. 

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