53 responses to Lovina Eicher Answers Your Questions (Essential Amish Cookbook Giveaway)
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    Amy Beth McPherson
    Comment on Yum (July 18th, 2018 at 15:26)


    Thank you for taking the time to answer questions. This book sounds so yummy. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

  • I would enjoy a new cookbook. It’s been awhile. I enjoy visiting the Amish community in Hazleton, Iowa. I have also found some of the baked items there to contain a lighter amount of spices than I use. Enjoyed this post!

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    Comment on Lovina Eicher Answers Your Questions (Essential Amish Cookbook Giveaway) (July 18th, 2018 at 15:31)

    Does the Amish farmer ever use any fertilizer, round up, or other chemicals on their farm? Do you buy any ingredients from the stores or are you self sufficient from your own farms?

    • Diane I don’t know that Lovina will be able to answer follow-ups here but I can just jump in and say that the majority of Amish farmers are conventional farmers, meaning they use fertilizers, pesticides, etc. There is an organic farming movement among the Amish and that has grown in popularity but it is still a minority.

      As far as self-sufficiency among the Amish, I would hazard to guess that Lovina does get things from the store, as few if any Amish are really self sufficient. We had a good post on that topic written by an Amishman here a few years back:



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    Ruthann Dulaney
    Comment on Love Amish Cooking (July 18th, 2018 at 15:44)

    Love Amish Cooking

    I don’t care for fancy food. I like plain cooking. Like the Amish cook. Would love to get a cookbook with Amish recipes in it.

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    Cheryl Baker
    Comment on Longtime Fan (July 18th, 2018 at 15:54)

    Longtime Fan

    I’ve been reading Lovina’s column for over 13 years. I love hearing about her life and family. I also love the recipes that come at the end of the column.

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    Comment on Pen & Paper Sounds Refreshing! (July 18th, 2018 at 16:00)

    Pen & Paper Sounds Refreshing!

    I love that you still embrace writing and the lost art of good penmanship. As a necessity in the English world on the job, I have seen my penmanship deteriorate over the years as a result of relying on computers and texting. Thanks for sharing insights into the Amish world!

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    Comment on Thanks (July 18th, 2018 at 16:23)


    Love reading the columns. Learning about Amish cooking, baking, and general every day things.

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    Cara Seekings
    Comment on Shoo fly pie (July 18th, 2018 at 16:25)

    Shoo fly pie

    Was hoping for a really easy shoo fly pie recipe….Lovina, you are a delight

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    Comment on Liver For Supper (July 18th, 2018 at 16:29)

    Liver For Supper

    Try pork livers onions and buttered noodles,you might like it. Also, pickled chicken livers are an excellent side dish with any meal.

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    Donna callahan
    Comment on Garden full of good things (July 18th, 2018 at 16:30)

    Garden full of good things

    garden is full of squash and cucumbers, I made bread and butter pickles and put squash in to. Do you have a receipt for bread and butter pickles? Donna

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    Barbara Hunsberger
    Comment on Love reading your posts (July 18th, 2018 at 16:57)

    Love reading your posts

    Thank you for answering our questions.

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    Comment on Interesting and knowledgable (July 18th, 2018 at 17:00)

    Interesting and knowledgable

    I found Lovina’s information very good. I have an Amish I acquired many years ago and use it today. I Like make foods from scratch and not from a box. I have always admired the Amish for their cooking and work ethics.

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    Judy Pasqualone
    Comment on Custardy corn bake. (July 18th, 2018 at 17:31)

    Custardy corn bake.

    I would love the recipe that you make a corn custard…whether with fresh or frozen corn kernels I wish to make. Fluffy & delectable. I know I need eggs….but I can’t find satisfying recipe. I made it years ago and I’m pretty sure I used corn starch. And I think I used frozen corn…but not sure how to put it all together anymore.

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    Mary Margaret Schlais
    Comment on Can hardly wait to see your book (July 18th, 2018 at 17:32)

    Can hardly wait to see your book

    This sounds like a very good Amish cook book, I can hardly wait to see your cook book. I don’t really like to cook and I don’t cook fancy as far as I can tell Amish cooking is just that good food not fancy, we are looking to have more variety in our meals.

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    Pamela Miller
    Comment on Amish Cooking (July 18th, 2018 at 17:39)

    Amish Cooking

    I would like to learn more about Amish recipes
    and cooking.

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    Comment on Lovina Eicher Answers Your Questions (Essential Amish Cookbook Giveaway) (July 18th, 2018 at 17:43)

    I have always enjoyed learning about the Amish ways. Seem like such good people. Amish cookbooks are some of the best.

  • I have always enjoyed learning about the Amish ways. Seem like such good people. Amish cookbooks are some of the best!

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    Tammy Becker
    Comment on Amish Cookbook (July 18th, 2018 at 18:40)

    Amish Cookbook

    I absolutely love cooking and baking with Amish recipes. I enjoy the old ways of working with recipes, everything always seems to taste better. I hope to win a copy of this cookbook. Thank you for the chance to win.

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    Bill Theroux
    Comment on Great article (July 18th, 2018 at 18:43)

    Great article

    We are new to the Lancaster, Pa and love the food here.

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    William Martin
    Comment on Pot pies (July 18th, 2018 at 19:28)

    Pot pies

    What is the
    Origin of the thick noodles used on chicken pot pie and ham pot pie?

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    Comment on Beverages (July 18th, 2018 at 19:39)


    What is the beverage at brakefast and dinner do you drink black iced tea, coffee?

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    Janet Anthony
    Comment on Entry for Cookbook Drawing (July 18th, 2018 at 19:45)

    Entry for Cookbook Drawing

    Hello, Lovina. I very much look forward to each of your newsletters. I feel sometimes as though I am right there visiting with you. Blessings on you and your family!

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    Pat Thompson
    Comment on Cookbook and community (July 18th, 2018 at 19:49)

    Cookbook and community

    I love the questions that were asked and loved reading the answers. The cookbook sounds good.

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    Marilyn Klaasen
    Comment on Cookbook Giveaway (July 18th, 2018 at 20:05)

    Cookbook Giveaway

    I have been a huge fan of Lovina’s columns for many years and have several of her other cookbooks. I would love to have her newest one also!

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    Cynthia Bliss
    Comment on Lovina Eicher Answers Your Questions (Essential Amish Cookbook Giveway) (July 18th, 2018 at 20:17)

    Lovina Eicher Answers Your Questions (Essential Amish Cookbook Giveway)

    I like the traditional old fashioned way of cooking without the complication of too many unnecessary ingredients.

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    Nancy Scholl
    Comment on Mmmmm (July 18th, 2018 at 20:35)


    All those questions about food made me humgry!

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    Suzanne Sellner
    Comment on Amish Cooking (July 18th, 2018 at 20:42)

    Amish Cooking

    When participating in a Road Scholar program in southern Michigan comparing Amish and Mennonite cultures, we ate a little Amish food at a family’s place in or near Shipshewana, Indiana. The meats, hot side dishes, cold salads, and desserts were delicious! I loved baked oatmeal for breakfast. We made noodles that we could bring home in a Ziploc bag and cook after we returned home.

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    Sarah Seelye
    Comment on Lovina Eicher Answers Your Questions (Essential Amish Cookbook Giveaway) (July 18th, 2018 at 20:59)

    Thank you Lovina for taking time to answer questions. I love Q&A’s!!

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    Dianna Micklatcher
    Comment on Grandma's Amish ties. (July 18th, 2018 at 21:20)

    Grandma's Amish ties.

    My Grandparents grew up near Spring Lake and Mount Pleasant Michigan. I know there were Amish ties, but not sure when they left, or how far back. My Grandparents spoke fluent German, and did many things like I see so many Amish that I have become acquainted with in my life. One of her dishes, she said was from Amish heritage, was Oxtail and Homemade Egg Noodles. I miss her cooking.

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    Robin Wyatt
    Comment on Answers (July 18th, 2018 at 22:36)


    Love learning more and more about the life of the Amish.

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    Comment on Love Amish cooking! (July 18th, 2018 at 22:38)

    Love Amish cooking!

    I would be thrilled to try new recipes. I love to cook and bake. My husband like the plain cooking recipes. He’s not into the fancy stuff and I have to agree with him! Thanks!

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    Lee Annette N.
    Comment on New Cook Book - Recipe (July 18th, 2018 at 23:35)

    New Cook Book - Recipe

    Which recipe in your new cookbook are you especially excited about? I’m sure it is probably hard to choose just one.

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    Liz obrien
    Comment on Bread baking (July 18th, 2018 at 23:58)

    Bread baking

    When I was 10, my aunt taught me to make Irish soda bread which was very popular in our family. It uses baking soda and buttermilk for leavening instead of yeast. Sometimes raisins are added. The first loaf I made by myself would not come out of the pan! We had to soak it in water in the sink to pry it out. It was like a brick! Luckily I never had that problem again.

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    Loretta Shumpert
    Comment on COOKBOOK (July 19th, 2018 at 01:45)


    I know that I am a long-time reader and former reader of your mother’s column. Enjoy both and hope that you continue for many years yet.

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    Loretta Shumpert
    Comment on COOKBOOK (July 19th, 2018 at 01:56)


    Erik, I left a comment just a bit ago and now cannot see it. I don’t want to do a double post….are you able to see my comment? I’ve refreshed several times….sometimes I can’t see ANY of the comments but when I can I’m not able to see mine. Just a fb glitch most likely.

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    Roxanne Jenkins
    Comment on Lovina Eicher Answers Your Questions (Essential Amish Cookbook Giveaway) (July 19th, 2018 at 02:38)

    what is your favorite dessert to make? I love reading all about the Amish, and most of the recipes are wonderful, thank you for taking your time to let us into your life, have a wonderful day!

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    Comment on Wonderful Blog (July 19th, 2018 at 05:34)

    Wonderful Blog

    I was browsing your blog and it looks wonderful. I’m glad I came across it. I already have a list of recipes to try.

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    Heather Eades
    Comment on Cookbooks (July 19th, 2018 at 05:43)


    I had no idea you already had so many books. I was inspired to buy 2 of the older ones and hoping to win this one! Thank you for what you do.

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    Comment on Good luck! (July 19th, 2018 at 06:25)

    Good luck!

    Best of luck with cookbook sales. I think this is a wonderful look into Amish culture!

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    Susan Abbott
    Comment on Loving all things Amish (July 19th, 2018 at 06:57)

    Loving all things Amish

    As a devout reader of any and all things about the Amish, I cannot fathom how I missed Lovina’s book. Oh well, that will be my next best read. I love cookbooks and I love all things Amish, what a great combination.

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    Tasha Miller
    Comment on Thank you (July 19th, 2018 at 07:32)

    Thank you

    Thank you so much for sharing your recipes with us and for taking the time to answer some of our questions. ☺️

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    Susan Campbell
    Comment on Lovina Eicher Answers Your Questioms {Essential Amish Cookbook Giveaway} (July 19th, 2018 at 07:59)

    Lovina Eicher Answers Your Questioms {Essential Amish Cookbook Giveaway}

    I enjoy making Amish recipes as they are fun to make and taste delicious. I enjoy reading your emails.

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    Peggy Woods
    Comment on Enjoy collecting Amish cookbooks (July 19th, 2018 at 08:05)

    Enjoy collecting Amish cookbooks

    I look forward to adding this new cookbook to my collection which I share with my Amish neighbors here in the Cashton, Wisconsin community. My neighbor Lester Ellen Mullet and her daughters regularly check to see if I have a new cookbook to share.

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    Comment on Made from Scratch Recipes (July 19th, 2018 at 08:53)

    Made from Scratch Recipes

    I love recipes that have been handed down from mother to daughter for generations. I have an entire binder filled with hand-written recipes that I’ve collected one at a time, over the years. Thank you for taking time to answer these questions!

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    Comment on How are y'all commenting if you can't use computers (July 19th, 2018 at 09:04)

    How are y'all commenting if you can't use computers

    I’m not amish but I want this cookbook. I am terrible at cooking and only eat microwaved beans and macaroni (typically at different times). I am trying to better myself through diet and lifestyle, so this book would be great for me. This website blows my mind though. How can you post to this as a member of the amish community?

    “What’s cookin’ good lookin’?” – people in the kitchen with me after I win this dang cookbook.

    You know what it is.

    • Lovina was sent the questions, and then she replied as she typically writes her columns, by letter. This was then transcribed by Lovina’s editor and passed along by email to me. That’s how this post came to be 🙂

      But, some Amish do use computers, for example in a workplace. They won’t own them at home, but there is some limited use. Not all Amish groups would sanction this however.

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    Comment on Lovina Eicher Answers Your Questions (Essential Amish Cookbook Giveaway) (July 19th, 2018 at 09:27)

    I love simple food.
    I’m from Germany and live in Florida now and my Grandma an Mother alway made dinner out of whatever was around.
    I can do the same now, not as good but close enough to feed my family.
    I’d love to have the cookbook to give me new ideas.

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    Comment on Thank you (July 19th, 2018 at 09:47)

    Thank you

    I appreciate hearing from Lovina, and I’d love a chance to receive her cookbook, too.

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    Lisa Maikranz
    Comment on Amish Country (July 19th, 2018 at 10:33)

    Amish Country

    Every time I am in Amish country a peace slips over me, To grow up living the Amish lifestyle is truly a blessing from God. Learning everything I can about the Amish a plus would be trying my hand at some Amish meals!

    To Got be the Glory,
    Lisa Maikranz

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    Comment on Thank you (July 19th, 2018 at 10:59)

    Thank you

    Thank you for sharing and answering questions to teach us more of your ways. I am from Canada and hope I can still be apart of the giveaway draw!!

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    Comment on Love too cook (July 19th, 2018 at 11:07)

    Love too cook

    I always love to see different dishes but I love the dishes y’all make because everything is from scratch.

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