31 responses to The Essential Amish Cookbook: Your Question Suggestions For Lovina
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    Kathy Baumbusch
    Comment on Bishop’s Approval (May 24th, 2018 at 07:58)

    Bishop’s Approval

    Was it hard to get the bishop’s approval for you to do your blog? I’m glad he did!

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    Comment on Questions for Lovina (May 24th, 2018 at 09:08)

    Questions for Lovina

    Here’s a question you could ask Lovina.

    “When it comes to cooking, what season do you enjoy cooking the most and why?”

    BTW, I read her article weekly in our local newspaper

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    Terry Burk
    Comment on Retired Baker in Training (May 24th, 2018 at 10:14)

    Retired Baker in Training

    I have purchased all of Lovina’s books. The only thing that I have noticed when a recipe fails, is that the instructions do not indicate whether the dough should be refrigerated for a better result. This occurs more with Cookies. The Basic Brownies are a constant request by family and friends. Thank you Lovina!

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    Comment on Cooking for a crowd (May 24th, 2018 at 12:43)

    Cooking for a crowd

    Maybe Lovina has already answered this, but I’d like to hear more about cooking for a big group. Tips on multiplying recipes, any recipes that can’t be multiplied, and strategies for planning/working in the kitchen for a large group.

    • Good question Erin, there are sections on both Amish church and wedding meals (I assume they are group-sized recipes though I don’t have the book in front of me right now to check). I’ll add something about this topic for Lovina.

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        Joan Solders
        Comment on Food (June 14th, 2018 at 18:06)


        I want to mention that I was born and raised in Northern Minnesota on a farm. I want to say, there is no difference between Amish cooking and the food my Mother cook. Pies and cake and cookies are the same. My Grandmother’s used everything in there gardens. We canned everything that could be canned. My husband and I have traveled to many places and ate at many places and to us farm cooking is the best.

        Thank you,


        I love Amish peanut butter, I even made some once and it turned out great.

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    Comment on Saltine Crackers & Milk (May 24th, 2018 at 12:45)

    Saltine Crackers & Milk

    Dear Lovina,
    I have heard of an Amish breakfast dish made of boiled saltine crackers and milk. Do you put cinnamon & other ingredients to sweeten it?
    Does it taste like oatmeal or maybe cream of wheat? I am curious as to how it started. By the way, adore banana whoopie pies!
    Thank you!
    Guienevere Allen

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    Comment on Crackers !? (May 24th, 2018 at 13:29)

    Crackers !?

    Does she have any recipes for crackers ?? Or do the Amish buy their crackers for the most part ?

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    Mary Turner
    Comment on Onions (May 24th, 2018 at 15:05)


    I have noticed that the Amish recipes use lots of onions,
    I can’t eat onions,will the recipes be ok without them?

  • I wonder if calf liver with onions in gravy is a traditional Amish food? What about stuffed pig belly? What about goose or duck?

    I ask this because these were typical dishes my grandmother used to eat. She was German, but grew up in NY. I assume maybe the Amish might have had similar food. These foods are no longer popular like they were in my grandmother’s days. I find them to be really good, but as soon as you mention them to younger people my age they automatically say “liver sounds nasty”, but not because they ever tried it.

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      Comment on Liver 'n' gizzards (May 28th, 2018 at 10:58)

      Liver 'n' gizzards

      Liver is an underrated treat. I like it a lot. I guess people shy away because it is one of the foods named directly after an internal organ – rather than the generic “meat”.

      I also love chicken gizzards and hearts. My dad used to fry them up. Kind of a country delicacy (he grew up in rural NC) but I recently saw them in a somewhat fancy restaurant. I actually never really knew what part the “gizzard” was. It’s a specialized stomach some animals have.

      Probably not good to visit this link right before a chicken gizzard meal, but if anyone’s interested: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gizzard

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    Pat M.
    Comment on Amish bakers stingy with spices; at least in our area. (May 25th, 2018 at 08:09)

    Amish bakers stingy with spices; at least in our area.

    We live around the Arthur/Arcola Illinois area. We’ve purchased numerous baked goods over the years from Amish bakers and have noticed they all seem to be stingy with spices. For example cinnamon anything; i.e. rolls… hardly ever have much cinnamon in them; especially compared to how most of we English prepare them. Of course we realize that most Amish are extremely frugal and have thought perhaps that’s why they don’t use the amount of spices that at least we would prefer. I thought this would be a perfect time to ask why they may be so stingy with spices. Thank you in advance.

    • Interesting observation, Pam. Commercially-produced food may not always match what Amish make for themselves…

      There was a recent discussion by readers on this food quality topic which you might like to check out: http://amishamerica.com/things-you-see-at-an-amish-auction/#comments

      Since based on that discussion other people seem to be interested in this topic, I might tweak your question to ask Lovina about her impressions of food produced for sale by the Amish in general.

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        Comment on Reply to Erik's response to my comments regarding spices (May 28th, 2018 at 11:26)

        Reply to Erik's response to my comments regarding spices

        Erik, you may have a point; but I’d think if they’re commercially producing it, that they’d want to make it as good as they could so people would “come back for more.”

        I’d welcome you tweaking my question to ask Lovina. Thanks, Erik.

        BTW it’s Pat; not Pam. I’ll generally answer to anything polite though. 🙂

        • Ack – sorry Pat! I think my brain took your M initial and smushed it into your first name to turn you into Pam. Noted 🙂

          I would think the same about the food…but on the other hand, if most of your business is tourist-based, you might not have many repeat customers even if they love your food. Not saying that’s a great reason to skimp on quality, but I can see the thinking, and Amish are human too.

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            Comment on The Essential Amish Cookbook: Your Question Suggestions For Lovina (May 28th, 2018 at 12:18)

            Erik, no worries. Regarding the Amish being human, we’re very well aware of that.

            Some people idealize the Amish; we don’t. There are good Amish and bad Amish just as there are good English and bad English. We have Amish friends and acquaintances as well as English ones.

            A few months ago my husband shared something with me he’d heard someone say regarding a less than positive situation with Amish: “that’s not Christian; that’s Amish.” Of course nearly all religions/cultures could be substituted for Amish depending on the situation.

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              Comment on The Essential Amish Cookbook: Your Question Suggestions For Lovina (May 28th, 2018 at 12:25)

              That’s a VERY good statement Pat — there are good Amish and bad Amish. I wish it were not that way but I have yet to find any group of people who are all perfect OR all bad. You have a very realistic view.

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          Comment on The Essential Amish Cookbook: Your Question Suggestions For Lovina (May 28th, 2018 at 12:08)

          Difference in tastes — sometimes when we buy non-Amish made foods like pumpkin pie or cinnamon rolls, they taste “too spicy” or too strong for our family, so it is possible the cook is cooking or baking to her own idea of what tastes good. Check in an Amish printed cookbook. 🙂

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    Comment on Bare Feet (May 25th, 2018 at 13:23)

    Bare Feet

    I have always wondered HOW the Amish gals and children can get their feet clean, after going barefoot, most of the time?
    I, too, live on a farm and Usually go barefoot, summer and winter! (But I am a great gram, so have old feet! lol) My heels especially are always rough, and the dirt gets into all of those cracks & no matter how much I scrub, my feet always look dirty! Only a trip for a pedicure can get them clean, but who can afford that repeatedly lol Thanks for asking Lovina my question!

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    Pam Colle
    Comment on Children recipes (May 27th, 2018 at 15:26)

    Children recipes

    Does Lovina have special recipes for children Birthdays?
    Also, for Christmas and Easter. Thank you.

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    John CARBONE
    Comment on Lard (May 28th, 2018 at 09:41)


    What type of lard does she use …. what recipes does she have where lard is the ingredient which makes the difference … does she ever use leaf lard?

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    Comment on Weekly Meal Diary (May 28th, 2018 at 15:32)

    Weekly Meal Diary

    I’d be interested in knowing what an average two week meal “diary” looks like at Lovina’s house.

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    Dorothy Prange
    Comment on The Essential Amish Cookbook: Your Question Suggestions For Lovina (June 1st, 2018 at 13:39)

    (Can’t think of a short title?
    We lived for years in Chester County Pa. right next to Lancaster County, and I learned to cook several Amish dishes. I have wondered why you didn’t include recipes in Amish America?
    My Question?
    I have made several supposedly WET BOTTOM SHUFLY PIES, some have turned out WET most have not….How do I get a ‘sure fire wet bottom pie’?
    Thanks, let me know where to buy the COOKBOOK?

    • Hi Dorothy, there are some recipes in various sections throughout the site, but it’s not really my main specialty so I don’t do a lot with it (I’m a pro at eating, cooking not so much). Kevin Williams at Amish 365 deals more with Amish food and recipes so you might want to check his site out.

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    Ruby Wiseman
    Comment on Amish Diabetic (June 13th, 2018 at 02:23)

    Amish Diabetic

    I have wondered for some time how the Amish with diabetes handle a Diabetic meal plan. I need to learn how to plan my diabetic meals in a frugal way. Can you please help,please. I also need to know how to shop for low cost groceries to make these meals. In closing I would like to know how the Amish diabetic handle group meals? Thank you ahead of time for your much needed information. Ruby

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    Donita Johnson
    Comment on Food allergies (June 19th, 2018 at 07:46)

    Food allergies

    Do Amish ever have food allergies? If so,how do they compensate for them? My husband is severely allergic to tree nuts. I am gluten & dairy sensitive. My daughter is lactose intolerant. I have a son who is allergic to onions & his wife is lactose intolerant and allergic to corn. It makes family dinners interesting.

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    Louis Brumaghim
    Comment on The Essential Amish Cookbook: Your Question Suggestions For Lovina (July 19th, 2018 at 06:14)

    Making me hungry

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    Comment on Food allergies (July 21st, 2018 at 21:39)

    Food allergies

    Hello I just love your books,it reminds me of life with my Grandmother.

    I was wondering if your family has much trouble with food allergies/intolerance? Where do you buy supplies flours ect and supplies for your home? Thank you have a wonderful day God Bless, Linda

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