23 responses to Music Village Brain Drain
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    Comment on Pinecraft Park (February 20th, 2013 at 09:53)

    Pinecraft Park

    Thanks for the information, Erik, about more filming of Breaking Amish in Sarasota. They were at the Pinecraft Park, according to

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    Comment on Be careful of what you're eating (February 20th, 2013 at 12:31)

    Be careful of what you're eating

    I don’t know what Amish feeling on eating horse is but everyone needs to wake up to what is happening in Europe. Over 100,000 American horses (and this includes the horses the Amish use)are regularly sent to slaughter via Canada or Mexico.

    Pay attention to what is happening cause I believe it won’t be long before we’re told that our food chain is equally if not more so contaminated with horse.

    I understand the Amish see horses differently than most Americans. But unless your slaughtering your own horses and or cows your not going to know if you’ve been contaminated. Most people regularly give Bute which is also called horse aspirin–a drug that clearly states on the label that it is not intended for food source animals. Worming medications, fly sprays are among others that make horse unfit for slaughter.

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      Comment on Music Village Brain Drain (February 20th, 2013 at 18:55)

      I’d bet I’ve eaten horse a few times when in Poland, in one form or another. There is a type of small sausage that was long traditionally made from horse, though I understand it is now more often made from different meat.

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      Comment on They eat them by choice (February 27th, 2013 at 09:14)

      They eat them by choice

      It is not like the Europeans are being deceived or mislead in what is in their food supply when they eat horse meat. They do it by choice. Especially the French. They have sales for horses going to slaughter, just like we do for beef (and older dairy) cows going to slaughter.

      Horse meat is considered perfectly acceptable over there. Never has caught on over here & I am glad of that. However, it would be perfectly legal to sell horse meat in the U.S. if it were labeled as such. It is NOT legal to sell it and attempt to pass it off as beef or anything other than what it is.

      The reason that you don’t see it in meat markets here is not because it is illegal to sell, it is because people here have an aversion to eating it & that includes me. So to state that their food supply is being “contaminated” with horse meat is not entirely accurate. They know they are eating horse & they are okay with it. To each his own …

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on "Just read!" (February 20th, 2013 at 13:07)

    "Just read!"

    That’s my motto, above. I adopted it since I’ve worked in libraries for over 25 years and have grown weary of the way we have to “bribe” (my opinion) people to read, and not JUST kids, with Summer Reading clubs, Winter Reading clubs, contests, all luring into the library with prizes of all sorts (and not just cheap chotchkes—our Grand Prize for our children’s winter reading club was an overnight stay for a family of 6 to an indoor water park a few towns over!)

    That said, YES, Erik, “So many books (or other reading material), so little time!”

    I would love to see photos (inside and out) of the Ohio Amish Library (it sounds like a place I’d like to retire to, and volunteer there, too). What types of reading materials and documents do they have? How is it arranged? Do they maintain some sort of catalog? It sounds like a place close to my heart! (Can you tell?)

    Interesting post. And Margaret, I’ve known about the “horsemeat” issue for years, and agree we don’t know WHAT we’re eating if it’s imported from countries with dubious food-processing practices. The “chemicals” we use on and in and around animals should certainly be of concern to anyone who EATS in this country (unless, as you say, you grow & fully process all of your own food—highly improbable).

    Alice Mary

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      Comment on Inside the Ohio Amish library (February 21st, 2013 at 00:25)

      Inside the Ohio Amish library

      I wished later I had gotten some Alice Mary…was towards the end of our outing and I was a little out of it I guess. You wouldn’t think the building contained a library if you didn’t know. When you enter you see a rectangular room, maybe 40 x 15 feet, with a number of rows of shelves with books arranged both by Amish and Anabaptist topics as well as books in categories you’d see in any other library. There was a back room with boxes full of very old records of Budget newspapers. There were quite a few very old books with crumbling covers, Ausbunds and other important tomes. The place was fitted out with the kind of gas lamps you see in Amish homes. Apparently the ceiling is fireproofed in case of fire in the room above.

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    Comment on Music Village Brain Drain (February 20th, 2013 at 13:15)

    I’m glad Ira addressed that. I find myself nodding my head a lot when I (on occasion) read his blog.
    And I agree with you Erik… There is so much that I hope to have time enough to read.

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    Comment on NASHVILLE LIGHTS (February 20th, 2013 at 15:05)


    As an aside to the photo above, it is just north of this little village where the largest drive-through Christmas Lights show happens each year. And if you think the Amish don’t care for yards a decorated up at Christime, think again! We went out there from Mt. Hope two nights in a row with our Tahoe loaded to the gills with our OOA friends. While we were out there we saw several open-top buggies filled with families taken in the sites of the neighborhood. It was quite amazing how much they enjoyed going out “to look at the lights”!

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    Comment on Major’s Maggot, Jeff Martin and Ms Yoder (February 20th, 2013 at 20:58)

    Major’s Maggot, Jeff Martin and Ms Yoder

    What are the chances the Y in E.W.Y is for “Yoder”?

    Inspired by the straw sun hats post I am listening to a CD (yes) of music put out by a music re-enactment group out of either Old Forts George or Erie performing music dating as far back as 1651. Some of the battle story songs of English history wouldn’t be acceptable to the Amish, but the instrumentals are quite beautiful. There is one that reminds me, this is a 1990s Canadian rock alternative reference, of The Tea Party’s [with Jeff Martin, Lead singing, the comment title’s reference] “The Badger” a very cool sounding instrumental I’ve always liked.

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      Comment on Yoder or Yutzy? (February 21st, 2013 at 00:19)

      Yoder or Yutzy?

      Pretty good chances Shom, but could also be a Yutzy in that community. Now you’ve got me thinking if there are any other common Amish names I’m missing that start with “Y” (not just in Ohio). None come to mind…

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    Karen Pollard
    Comment on Cheeseburger Soup (February 20th, 2013 at 21:54)

    Cheeseburger Soup

    WHAT???? No recipe for the cheeseburger soup??? Not fair to tempt our taste buds and then not share the recipe!!!

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      Comment on Music Village Brain Drain (February 21st, 2013 at 00:15)

      I was too busy enjoying it to secure the instructions Karen 🙂 I know, a real short-sighted way to eat my soup. Plus I wouldn’t have whatever magic Amish ingredients they put in but don’t tell you about to make it taste that good (surely there are some of those, right?) http://amishamerica.com/can-you-really-taste-the-difference-in-amish-cooking/

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    Karen Pollard
    Comment on Cheeseburger Soup (February 21st, 2013 at 01:09)

    Cheeseburger Soup

    Okay, I’ve rescued you. I found this recipe online in several places, and it sounds good. In fact, I’ve printed it out to make it tomorrow night for our supper.

    1- 1/2 cups milk
    3/4 cup shredded carrots
    3/4 cup chopped onion
    1/2 lb. ground beef
    3 cups chicken broth
    4 Tablespoons butter
    1 teaspoon dried basil
    3/4 cup chopped celery
    1 teaspoon dried parsley
    2 cups cubed Cheddar cheese
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    4 cups cubed potatoes (5-6)
    1/4 cup sour cream

    1. In a large pot, melt 1 tablespoon butter or margarine over medium heat: cook and stir vegetables and beef, until beef is brown.
    2. Stir in basil and parsley. Add broth and potatoes. Bring to a boil, and then simmer until potatoes are tender; about 10-12 minutes.
    3. Melt remainder of butter and stir in flour; making a roux. Add the milk and stir until smooth.
    4. Gradually add milk mixture to the soup, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer.
    5. Stir in cheese.
    6. When cheese is melted, add sour cream and heat through.
    Do not boil.

    Several people said they doubled the recipe and/or added more ground beef. If it’s too thick; add a little more chicken broth. Sounds pretty good to me since we’re expecting sleet and freezing rain tomorrow night!

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      Comment on Music Village Brain Drain (February 21st, 2013 at 08:36)

      I have a very similar recipe and it’s AWESOME!!! Goes great with homemade bread and honey, too! I never thought of it as being an “Amish soup” but it would make sense since there are so many veggies!

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      Karen Pollard
      Comment on Cheeseburger Soup (February 27th, 2013 at 20:50)

      Cheeseburger Soup

      I finally made this tonight and we really enjoyed it. The idea of putting a milk roux into a ground beef dish was not appealing to me, but it turned out delicious. It’s definitely a keeper, and I will be making it again.

      Also shared the recipe with several friends on Facebook!

      Thank you for posting the name of the soup so I could find it!


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    Comment on Ohio Amish Library (February 21st, 2013 at 07:06)

    Ohio Amish Library

    Erik, I am planning a trip to Berlin later this year and would like to visit the library outside of Berlin. Could you give an address or approximate directions or something it’s near? I need to dig into your site and learn some places of interest in Berlin.
    Thank you for this site, I read it daily 🙂

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    Comment on Cheeseburger Soup (February 21st, 2013 at 07:10)

    Cheeseburger Soup

    Karen Pollard, please tell us what you thought of the soup and how you might have “tweaked” it. Thanks

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      Karen Pollard
      Comment on Cheeseburger Soup (February 21st, 2013 at 18:47)

      Cheeseburger Soup

      I haven’t made it yet due to weather, but it’s coming soon!!! Gotta get to the grocery for supplies first.

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    Marcus Yoder
    Comment on Music Village Brain Drain (February 21st, 2013 at 07:24)

    My wife makes this and it is awesome, especialy in the winter.
    Marcus Yoder

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      Karen Pollard
      Comment on Cheeseburger Soup (March 1st, 2013 at 16:06)

      Cheeseburger Soup

      I made it two nights ago and we loved it. It will definitely be a repeat performance!

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    Marcus Yoder
    Comment on Music Village Brain Drain (February 21st, 2013 at 07:26)

    Erik did you see Leroy Beachy?
    Marcus Yoder

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    Comment on Book brain drain (February 28th, 2013 at 21:03)

    Book brain drain

    I am thinking about borrowing the book “Plain Secrets” from my local public library. Has anyone read it, is it a good read?

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