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Thursday, July 14, 2011
My husband and I had a wonderful dinner last week in the home of one of his students. This was an Amish family.

We live near Amish and appreciate these gentle folk, but we've never had the pleasure of actually eating in one of their homes. When we walked inside, they had a long table set with heirloom dishes. A guest list of approximately fifteen people included extended family (grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, cousins, another couple and us).

They passed around homemade bread, strawberry jam, salad from their garden, salisbury steak, chicken, corn, mashed potatoes, gravy and four different homemade pies (with two of each kind!). Oh, and homemade ice cream. It was like being on an episode of Martha Stewart. I wonder if she was Amish?

I've never seen so much food--and it was delicious!! Made me feel guilty for ordering takeout all the time--I got over it, though.

We had the best time of fellowship with this hospitable people and when the evening came to a close, their son (my husband's former student--third grade) and their daughter (first grade) took us on a buggy ride. I guess there's no age limit on the buggy drivers. Anyway, as dusk settled over the city, we enjoyed a moonlit ride down a lazy country road, compliments of these young drivers. We waved at other Amish folk as though we knew them.

As we drove home that night, we talked of their ways, their kindness, their priority of family. They are amazing people and it was our pleasure to enjoy a moment in time with them.

Amazing though it was, I have to admit that once I made it home, I glanced at my indoor bathroom with all its wonderful plumbing and whispered a word of thanks.

Have you ever eaten with people who live life quite different from you?

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Diann Hunt  
posted at 11:33 AM  
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At 4:33 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Diann, what a delightful experience! I've eaten in Amish country, though it was at an Amish inn, not in a home. The food was wonderful.

When I was a child we lived in the middle of an English walnut grove in California, and every summer itinerant Mexican workers came with their families and stayed in the shacks behind our barn to gather walnuts. I played with the children and sat watching their mothers make tortillas over hot stones in the fireplace. Oh, my, I loved those tortillas.

Then when we moved to Missouri, wow, did people ever eat differently here! Nearly all my closest friends were Polish-German, and the Polish food was wonderful. I never ate the duck blood soup, though. And I never learned to eat cheeseburgers with onions for breakfast like my best friend did.

Actually, I think most folks would find my typical diet stranger than those in other cultures.

At 4:58 PM, Blogger jel said...

I agree with Cheryl, what a experience! :)

My Grandma would cook sunday dinner like that on a wood cook stove. when I was a kid, it was good. Don't kock outhouses they are quite handy in the winter when the power is out! :)

in truth I wouldn't mind living like the Amish do in the winter time. but in the summer I got to have have my AC, I most been getting soft!

At 11:19 PM, Blogger Ruthie said...

If you have ever eaten Kosher, the answer to your question is "YES!" The taste (what there is of it) is rather bland in my mind and I missed the cheesy mac I would have put next to the beef brisket. (Kosher won't allow meat dishes and dairy dishes on the same plate EVER! There is a separate set of dishes for each category.)

Also, have you ever eaten a meal prepared by a woman from Southern Appalachia? Wow! That's an experience! Same amount of food as you had with your Amish friends, only laced with moonshine and lots of pork, especially hog jowls. LOL It was rather greasy, but oh, so tasty! That's where I learned how to make a mean pot of grits, and how to stuff my man full of biscuits and sausage gravy! (He's from California but converted nicely, thank you. LOL)

All in all, food is food and prepared properly is always good. Hmmm, now I'm getting hungry for a plate of cheese grits!

At 5:56 AM, Blogger jel said...

I was ninteen , and just off the farm, on my first trip to Calf.
to stay with my other sister for a bit. let me tell you that was a cultural shock! the first nite at the supper table, the was this bowl of what i thought was mash taters, but in fact was mashed parnips! :(

At 8:54 AM, Blogger Sandie said...

I would love to take a buggy ride. How fun! Agree with you on the plumbing issues. I would never accept a dining invitation because I am such a picky eater and diabetic that I am sure I would offend someone by not eating. My husband and I rented a cabin with some friends and they were told ahead of time that I would be bringing my own food. One of them still made a comment that some people would be offended that I didn't eat their food, but SHE wasn't. LOL Would you be offended? We were unable to go the next year.

At 9:18 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

No, Sandie, I would not be offended if you brought your own food. Having issues myself, I know how difficult it can be to be in a situation like that.

Still, we have to take care of ourselves, whether people understand or not. You can't really fully "get it" until you've experienced it yourself.

I loved reading your posts. Isn't it interesting how we all eat so differently? I have to say, Cheryl, a bowl of "duck blood soup" does NOT sound appetizing in the least! LOL

At 9:41 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I'd love to have an experience like that. I've hosted other cultures in my home (some couldn't even speak English) but I've never gone to one ... well, other than our English relatives when we visit there. But I cook those foods at home.

I'd never be offended at someone who had special diet needs. One of my friends is on a special diet. WHen I invited them over for dinner, I asked her what she could eat and fixed her a meal she could eat, even though ours was different. I can't imagine anyone being offended by special food needs.

At 10:20 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Since I've had food issues for many years, I can tell you that there are people who despise anyone with different needs. It makes it difficult for them. Colleen and I really bonded when she and Dave spent the night with us one night on their way home across country, and I prepared all the things I could eat, because we shared the same allergies at the time.

But parsnips, Jel? BLECH! We ate them in California when I was growing up and I never had the nerve to tell Mom I HATED them.

At 9:33 AM, Blogger Chris Jager - Baker Book House-fiction buyer said...

Hi Ladies,

I have never eaten with an Amish family, but have had an Amish style dinner. Very Good!

My most interesting eating experience was actually in the Phillipines. My siblings and I were visiting my parents and one of the housegirls they had hired invited us all over for a special dinner. It was field corn on the cob, a whole boiled turnip and a whole chicken cut up, bones and all. To say the least we were very careful on how we ate the meat that day. :-D

We also have several other funny 'eating' stories, but I don't want to rattle on forever. But have you ever tried Coke Cola in a bag?

At 11:18 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

LOL, Chris. How about peanuts in Coke? Never Coca-cola in a bag, but I have eaten boiled peanuts, introduced to me by southerners.

At 2:09 PM, Blogger Chris Jager - Baker Book House-fiction buyer said...

Hannah - I have had boiled peanuts and I don't care what those southerners say, they are yucky. :-) I lived in SC for a few years and still can't eat them.

I have seen the peanuts and coke. That still puzzles me, why ruin two good things.

Coke in a bag is done in the Phillipines because of the cost of glass. So street vendors will fill a baggie with your bottle of Coke and keep the bottle. It is very weird trying to drink it and not get the straw caught in the bottom of the bag.

At 4:09 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I'm not a boiled peanut person, either. And it's a good thing I don't drink Coke, because that would just be too weird to drink it from a baggie.

At 9:26 PM, Blogger jel said...

just think of it as a IV drip! ;)
(drink the coke from a bag)

At 1:02 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

LOL, Jel. Now THAT's imagination!

At 1:02 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

LOL, Jel. Now THAT's imagination!


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