Lovina is taking a much-needed break this week after a tough month of losing a niece, holding a funeral service, a church service, and then dealing with the serious head injury to 12-year-old daughter, Verena. Lovina’s column will return in full form next week. I, however, was able to visit with the Eichers last week and have some observations to share.
12-year-old Verena has returned to her usual insightful, sweet self. She has a maturity and outlook older than her dozen years and that pre-concussion personality has returned, although she still has some rough days. I took a bunch of your cards and get -well cards with me to Lovina’s and they were all very deeply appreciate of the kindnesses. We spent last Thursday evening at Lovina’s sister, Emma and husband Jacob’s.
The Schwartzes are an amazing and kind family and it was wonderful to see them holding up so well after the tragic loss of Marilyn. We enjoyed a pizza supper and some games outside on a beautiful summer evening.
On Friday, I had a chance to explore Lovina’s garden. I have posted a free 4-minute video of her garden this week at www.amishcookonline.com and on my Facebook page. Just type in Amish Cook Fan Page on Facebook.
In celebration of the column’s 19th anniversary and as a way to keep this column going, we are trying something fun which hopefully also allow The Amish Cook to make it down this home-stretch. This promotion has been enormously popular online. From now until the column’s July 16 anniversary, we are offering “name your own price for a set of cookbooks.” We do need and are requesting more orders.
By utilizing name your own price you are buying and also purchasing additional time for the column. This is a way to make these books accessible for everyone. So to order at your price, go to www.amishcookonline.com/special, call 513-849-9158, or send to Oasis Newsfeatures, PO BOX 2144, Middletown, IN 45042. If your bid does not cover the costs of a set, you will be sent a partial set grab-bag of books. Phone orders are preferred, books ship same day. Mail orders are slower. (On a separate note, production of the “Kitchen Sink” book has been delayed because of the rough month, copies will be mailed out around July 20)
A reader in Russell, Kansas requested a recipe for a simple soup commonly served among the Amish. The soup is called Knepfle.
broth or water
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Beat egg in cup and fill it up with water. Add to dry ingredients. Put 1 quart of water or broth in 2 or 3 quart saucepan. Bring to boil. Hold bowl with dough over boiling water or broth, dropping off dough in as small pieces as you can with spoon. Dip spoon in water or broth often to prevent it from sticking. Let cook 5 minutes.