50 responses to Lovina Eicher Answers Your Questions (Essential Amish Cookbook Giveaway)
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    Ali Campbell
    Comment on From the other side of the world (July 18th, 2018 at 06:34)

    From the other side of the world

    I am very interested in how the Amish live and am particularly interested in Amish recipes. We don’t have any Amish living in my country, but I would love to visit an Amish community one day and try their food. I like to live a simple life and eat wholesome food and am inspired by the Amish way of life. It was interesting reading Lovina’s responses – it’s great to hear from a real Amish person.

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    Donald F. HANSON
    Comment on Lovina Eicher Answers Your Questions (Essential Amish Cookbook Giveaway) (July 18th, 2018 at 06:54)

    I have 4 of your books in my Amish collection. This book would surely benefit my love of Amish/country cooking.

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    Comment on Lovina Eicher Answers Your Questions (Essential Amish Cookbook Giveaway) (July 18th, 2018 at 07:08)

    I would be thrilled to add Lovina’s book to my collection. Her column is the highlight of my week-the wonderful anecdotes she tells about her life and family and of course the delicious recipes she shares. I’ve made so many and they are staples in my cooking lineup. Grateful thanks to Lovina for sharing her stories and recipes.

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    Comment on Lovina (July 18th, 2018 at 07:16)


    I thoroughly enjoy reading Lovina’s column. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

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    Karen Pollard
    Comment on Family (July 18th, 2018 at 07:18)


    How do you train your children to be good cooks? Are they encouraged to try things on their own?

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    Comment on cookbook giveaway (July 18th, 2018 at 07:29)

    cookbook giveaway

    I love reading about the amish.

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    Comment on Visit to Holmes County (July 18th, 2018 at 07:30)

    Visit to Holmes County

    I would love to have this cookbook by Lovina. My hubby and I visited Holmes County several years ago and had a wonderful time visiting Amish families for breakfasts in their homes. I wrote a poem about our visit and have it on my site : www.poetrypoem.com/polyanthum I hope to revisit sometime in the future with God’s Blessing.

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    Rose Goddard
    Comment on Lovina Eicher Answers Your Questions (Essential Amish Cookbook Giveaway) (July 18th, 2018 at 07:37)

    Lovina Eicher Answers Your Questions (Essential Amish Cookbook Giveaway)

    Thank you for a chance to win this cookbook I have many books and love reading of and about their/your ways of life

  • I have the Amish community cookbook, and this would be a wonderful addition.

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    Trudy Rands
    Comment on Would Love To Win (July 18th, 2018 at 08:19)

    Would Love To Win

    Looks like an amazing book. Would love to win.

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    Tammy Neill
    Comment on Cookbook (July 18th, 2018 at 08:38)


    I would love to win your cookbook. I enjoy all that you write and thank you for letting us into your life.

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    Pat Wilson
    Comment on love Amish cook books! (July 18th, 2018 at 08:54)

    love Amish cook books!

    I’ve visited Amish in Ohio & Tennessee would like to go again sometime!

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    cherese akhavein
    Comment on Lovina Eicher Answers Your Questions (Essential Amish Cookbook Giveaway) (July 18th, 2018 at 09:27)

    What is your favorite get together or sisters day activity? Quilting, canning, or just being with friend and family.

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    Comment on Want to Bake Like Mom! (July 18th, 2018 at 09:56)

    Want to Bake Like Mom!

    I will forever try to become the baker my mother was. The only thing that compares with my mom’s cooking is Amish cooking. I don’t need anything else!

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    Sally Kwilinski
    Comment on Love your recipes (July 18th, 2018 at 10:02)

    Love your recipes

    I always look forward to Mondays to read your column in the Goshen News in Goshen, IN.. Love your stories and recipes!!

  • Fun questions! Thanks for sharing these. I love reading Lovina’s column and I’m definitely intrigued by her cookbook.

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    Heidi Strain
    Comment on Thank you (July 18th, 2018 at 10:36)

    Thank you

    I have been reading Lovina’s column since I was a young wife. My grandpa enjoyed the column every week. I began in 2007 to cut out and date the column every week and tape it in a notebook for him to read them all together. He enjoyed reading and was a shut-in in the winter. Sadly I never got to give it to him. He died in 2010 at age 91 and the notebook still wasn’t full. So I just kept doing it. I now am on the 3rd notebook and have not missed any article. I enjoy going back and reading them. Thank you for the interview.

    Rochester, Minnesota

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    Brenda Wheeler
    Comment on Cook Book (July 18th, 2018 at 10:45)

    Cook Book

    Looks like a lot of delicious recipes in this I love Chicken & noodles oh so good

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    Kat Taylor
    Comment on Love this interview and Lovina! (July 18th, 2018 at 11:04)

    Love this interview and Lovina!

    It was by chance that I happened upon levinas cookbook in a half price bookstore and I immediately fell in love with it! I would adore to be able to get her new cookbook but unfortunately I don’t have a job at the moment so money is tight. We have made several recipes from The cookbook that we have though and they are delicious! Growing up my grandmother was close friends with an Amish lady who lived in Indiana. Her name was Sarah Coblentz and she was so kind. She would Austin host and welcome English to her house for dinner so my family has always missed some of the recipes that she made for us, as she is no longer with us. These recipes are very similar to hers and definitely bring back a lot of nostalgia! Thank you for the lovely interview and for posting this!

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    Kat Taylor
    Comment on Love this interview and Lovina! (July 18th, 2018 at 11:07)

    Love this interview and Lovina!

    ( my apologies if this post twice but I seem to be having issues with posting a comment so I wanted to try again.)

    This is a lovely interview! People ask some good questions and I really enjoy hearing from her! Her recipes are amazing and I would love to win a cook book!

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    Mindy schriver
    Comment on Love the Amish Cook books! (July 18th, 2018 at 12:24)

    Love the Amish Cook books!

    I have most of the Amish Cook books and would love this one too!

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    Renissa Francis
    Comment on Cook book entry (July 18th, 2018 at 12:48)

    Cook book entry

    I love to read your column. I would love to win your book.

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    sheila romero
    Comment on Lovina questions and answers (July 18th, 2018 at 13:11)

    Lovina questions and answers

    I love seeing Lovina’s emails in my inbox. I make a point of getting something to drink and relax a few minutes reading all about Lovina, her family, and the amazing foods she cooks for her family.

    It keeps me smiling all day long and I have tried quite a few of the recipes



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    Richard Tolzman
    Comment on whole chicken fryers (July 18th, 2018 at 13:16)

    whole chicken fryers

    We buy eggs from Amish locally and they sell chicken fryers. How should we prepare those?

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    Merrillyn Watts
    Comment on Wedding food (July 18th, 2018 at 13:16)

    Wedding food

    I love the roast and creamed celery. I would love to have recipe but no one will give it to me. I am a driver so thought I might be allowed. I am looking forward to reading your cookbook

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    Brittany Jones
    Comment on Lovina Eicher Answers Your Questions (Essential Amish Cookbook Giveaway) (July 18th, 2018 at 13:16)

    Thank you for the oppritunity. God bless!

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    Comment on Vielen Dank! Thank you! (July 18th, 2018 at 13:21)

    Vielen Dank! Thank you!

    Prior to riding Amtrak, my only encounter with the Amish was either a field trip to Lancaster (PA) with my schoolmates or a family vacation (also to Lancaster PA – we are from the state of New York).
    I met a woman in Costa Rica later in life who grew up Mennonite, which was my first inkling about that particular branch of the tree. She was not and is not a strict follower of much of what I read here, but it did not matter much, and we are still friends today.
    I credit Amtrak with providing myriad opportunities to meet and befriend the Amish and Mennonites. I won’t name them here, but I was surprised and delighted to hear from a newlywed Amish couple I had met in Chicago’s Union Station not long ago. I lamented that my traveling clothes were surely not nearly as comfortable as the dress my friend was wearing. I asked where and how I might get one, and she actually offered to make one for me. She asked for (and I gave) my measurements, and I will make every effort to arrive personally to get the dress and meet her in her new home, if the community would permit it – and if her extremely dedicated life allows it!
    The title for my comment is an expression of my gratitude to you and others like you, who help the “English” and other outsiders to learn about you in this friendly (non-instructive or condescending) way. Sincerely. 🙂

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    Melissa Morphies
    Comment on So Enjoyable (July 18th, 2018 at 13:21)

    So Enjoyable

    I really enjoy reading about your family and life. It is so very interesting. I love cooking for my family and friends. I would also love to win the cookbook!

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    Comment on origin of recipes (July 18th, 2018 at 13:28)

    origin of recipes

    My grandmother’s family came in the early 1700’s. They were Lutheran but spoke Pennsylvania Dutch, and everything she cooked or baked was like the Amish, although she never used a cookbook or measuring tools. Do you?

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    Mark Fowler
    Comment on Column (July 18th, 2018 at 13:33)


    I used to read your column quite often and show the recipes to my wife. But we moved a couple years ago and I have not seen your column recently.

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    Comment on Bread (July 18th, 2018 at 13:34)


    You mentioned bread/rolls are your favorite food to make…..I have never been successful baking with yeast so I would love to have your cookbook to try your recipes.

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    Comment on Essential Amish Cookbook Giveaway (July 18th, 2018 at 13:43)

    Essential Amish Cookbook Giveaway

    I would love to have this book!

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    Comment on FREE GIVEAWAY COOKBOOK (July 18th, 2018 at 13:45)



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    Ron Cornelius
    Comment on Wanting Lovina's Cookbook (July 18th, 2018 at 13:47)

    Wanting Lovina's Cookbook

    I would love to be a winner. I thoroughly enjoy her stories!I read Lovina’s Amish Kitchen ahead of any other email I get when she posts her column!

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    Comment on Lovina's Amish Kitchen (July 18th, 2018 at 13:55)

    Lovina's Amish Kitchen

    I look forward to Lovina’s Kitchen blog weekly. It’s very interesting to hear about the happenings of her family. Enjoy it very much! Look forward to seeing her new cookbook. Want to thank Lovina for taking the time to write weekly.

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    Comment on RE:Ingredients (July 18th, 2018 at 13:57)


    Years ago, a Mennonite friend introduced me to something called “Smearkase.” I have forgotten exactly what it consisted of.Can you tell me the ingredients?

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    Comment on Keeping cool during day and cooking in the oven (July 18th, 2018 at 13:58)

    Keeping cool during day and cooking in the oven

    How do the Amish deal with high temperatures and humidity, plus cooking in the oven at certain times of the day to keep life bearable.

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    Carol J.
    Comment on Amish Family Life (July 18th, 2018 at 13:58)

    Amish Family Life

    I LOVE reading this column from Lovina!
    I hope to visit an Amish community, soon, and often wonder how my life would differ IF my “ROOTS” hadn’t left the Amish/Mennonite Church, several generations ago?
    As a Christian “Englisher”, it is hard to think how life would be without modern conveniences….Air Conditioning, in particular! Would love to win the Cookbook!
    Thanks for this opportunity. Blessings ~
    P.S. Are there any Amish settlements between Gettysburg, PA. and Niagara Falls, and then between there and Boston, that you are aware of?
    Please advise & Thank you, so very much.

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    Sheree McLean
    Comment on Amish Food Fascination (July 18th, 2018 at 13:59)

    Amish Food Fascination

    I am extremely interested in Amish cooking and have attempted to make a few things based on some Amish recipes I’ve found on the internet. I’m actually very excited to own this cookbook…….someday!!

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    Jason Miller
    Comment on Time (July 18th, 2018 at 13:59)


    Thank you for your kind and thoughtful comments. We certainly appreciate your insightful comments on Amish living. We currently live in a community with many Amish and the household is certainly one that is extremely busy. Always cooking, cleaning, canning, doing household chores to keep the family arrangement running smoothly is the norm in this community. Thanks again for your efforts.

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    Ken Nowicki
    Comment on Hamballs (July 18th, 2018 at 14:05)


    My daughter’s love eating hamballs every time we visit the area. How hard are they to make? I love all Amish food.

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    Kathy Rowe
    Comment on Cookbook Giveaway (July 18th, 2018 at 14:10)

    Cookbook Giveaway

    Sounds like lots of great recipes in Lovina’s cookbook. Please enter me in the drawing. Would be a great book to win.

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    Comment on Wedding Celery (July 18th, 2018 at 14:13)

    Wedding Celery

    I understand that celery is always served at weddings. How do you cook it? Rather what is the recipe?

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    Comment on Loved the glimpse into an Amish Women's life! (July 18th, 2018 at 14:21)

    Loved the glimpse into an Amish Women's life!

    We travel from CT to Lancaster PA every year and I just find the whole Amish way of living so fascinating. Thanks for sharing with us!

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    Comment on Cook Book (July 18th, 2018 at 14:34)

    Cook Book

    Thank you Lovina for your generosity. And for the publisher of this site, a special thank you as well. I love the Amish and many times have thought about buying a house close to an Amish community. God bless.

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    Comment on winning Lovina Eicher cookbook (July 18th, 2018 at 14:36)

    winning Lovina Eicher cookbook

    I would love to win this cookbook!Blessings,

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    Comment on Thanks (July 18th, 2018 at 14:41)


    Thanks for sharing these Q&A. I was particularly amused by the person who asked how people get their feet clean. I go barefoot as much as possible and can’t imagine scrubbing dirt off is much different between Amish and English communities.

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    Comment on Cakes and pies (July 18th, 2018 at 14:44)

    Cakes and pies

    I read a lot of Amish novels… a lot! and I noticed that the Amish prefer pies and cookies as their desserts. Am I right? I just love pie as well, but do the Amish have any special cakes they like to make?

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    Comment on Fermentation and sheep (July 18th, 2018 at 14:45)

    Fermentation and sheep

    Questions; Do you ever make sauerkraut, wine, beer, fermented pickles and vegetables? Have you ever raised sheep for food, wool, spinning, weaving and knitting? We have enjoyed many recipe’s from your column and your love of life, family values and work ethics. Cecilia and Larry Robinson

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    Denise Gilbert
    Comment on Yeast (July 18th, 2018 at 15:16)


    I have issues with using yeast in recipes. What is the correct temperature for water for getting yeast to ferment for breads, etc?

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