5 Tasty Menno/Amish Cooking Blogs You Won’t Want to Miss

Mennonite Community Cookbook is all about bringing people together around food and celebrating the Mennonite and Amish traditions of quality cooking. Here is a collection of Mennonite or Amish food bloggers that have inspired us in their commitment to similar goals.  In no particular order:

Hopeful1. Hopeful Things: Blogging with the intent to inspire

Who’s cooking? Hope, a stay-at-home cook from Virginia. Her commitment to her family and God shine brightly throughout her blog, as do her gifts in graphic design and photography. Read her bio here.

Why we love it: Hope has us head-over-heels in love with her stunning photos of mouthwatering dishes.

Don’t miss: Fried ham with onion gravy, a recipe that appears in Mennonite Community Cookbook. Onion and white bean gravy sounds just too good to miss!

 

Home Joys2. Home Joys

Who’s cooking? Gina, a Mennonite cook with a big family and a strong commitment to God. The blog’s attitude is summed up well in its tag line: “If you think my hands are full, you should see my heart.”

Why we love it: While food is a central component to the blog, Gina includes many helpful posts about gardening, family life, and her Mennonite background. She also includes a section filled with her favorite posts – what a great feature! Find that list here.

Don’t miss: We loved Gina’s creative use of zucchini in this zucchini crust pizza. A must try for an overflowing garden!

 

3. Jennifer Murch

Who’s cooking? Jennifer Murch, who lives with her husband John and their children on five acres near Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Why we love it: We’ve already shared Jennifer’s great story telling and cooking abilities in her guest post feature on the blog. Her sensibility and terrific photography contribute to each of her posts.

Don’t miss: Jennifer recently added a recipe for Lemon Cheesecake Morning Buns that she made on a blustery Virginia snow day. They look simply divine.

Mennonite Girls Can Cook4. Mennonite Girls Can Cook

Who’s cooking? 10 Mennonite women from across North America.

Why we love it: The step-by-step instructions of a huge array of recipes have kept this blog beloved by many. We also love that the bloggers have a strong commitment to giving back to others. Find out about their last projects, funded by 100% of the proceeds of their popular cookbooks, on their website.

Don’t miss: This recipe for stuffed peppers has us drooling! If you can’t get enough of these Mennonite cooks, check out their two stunning cookbooks here.

 

Lovina's Amish Kitchen

5. Lovina’s Amish Kitchen

Who’s cooking? Lovina Eicher, an Old Order Amish writer, cook, wife and mother of eight.

Why we love it: This blog is a great resource for learning about traditional Amish cooking, with many stories and updates about Lovina’s community included.

Don’t miss: This ham and bean soup sounds perfect for a cold February day. We can’t wait to see what else Lovina has cooking!

 

We can’t have found them all – what blogs should have made our list? Let us know what you think in the comments!

 

 

Benblog image Mast is a writing intern for MennoMedia and Herald Press. He studies English and Writing Studies at Eastern Mennonite University.

An Invitation to the Table


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The spread at the rehearsal dinner for my brother’s wedding in 2013.

The release of the Mennonite Community Cookbook Monday got me thinking about my own background in Mennonite cooking. My grandparents’ house, just a mile away from where I grew up in Goshen, Indiana, has been an extension of home for as long as I can remember, and at the center of our home is food.

While Dad could whip up a mean stir fry and Mom was famous for her oatmeal dinner rolls and chocolate crinkle cookies, through my childhood it was Grandma and Grandpa Mast who were at the center of my food universe. They have helped with rehearsal dinner salads and roasts for my brother and cousins’ weddings, baked muffins for open houses, and hosted countless “Tuesday-night dinners” for anyone in town. Their hospitality and cooking abilities are both traditions I hope to maintain.

I have always regarded Grandpa as the king of breakfast. I can’t recall him breaking a yolk on an over-egg, even as he stacked it on a pile of Canadian sausages and pepper-potato hash. Whenever I’m back in town, I find my way over for a breakfast at some point, and I’m never disappointed.

My family enjoying our new aprons, made by my loving grandparents (front and center.)
My family enjoying our new aprons, made by my loving grandparents (front and center.)

Grandma can often be found in the kitchen as well, up to her elbows in her latest culinary project. She cans and bakes with as much ease as most of us breathe, and her basement pantry and freezer stores are testaments to her prowess: pickle jars, homemade ketchup, and canned peaches line the walls while frozen strawberries, blueberries or some extra gingerbread men saved for a surprise visit from a great-grandchild threaten to overflow the freezer.

My grandparents stick to some of the traditional Amish or Mennonite recipes which they grew up with, both coming from the Amish church. They also try new flavors and recipes from their favorite cooking magazines and shows. They have a shelf full of cookbooks that always seems to grow as more folks continue to experiment with and share their favorite recipes.

As a kid, it was easy to take this kind of culinary mastery for granted, as it was all I knew. And while it’s always a blessing to have great food to share, the best part of cooking is the community it builds, which is what Mennonite Community Cookbook is all about – creating family dinners, church potluck meals, or a gift of Christmas cookies. Food is about the relationships it helps create.

My brother and his wife after their engagement announcement.
My brother and his wife and raspberry cream pie (!) after their engagement announcement.

Looking at my brothers and me, it’s easy to see how this tradition of food and community has affected us, both in work and in relation to each other. Our best memories are formed around the table, with fork and spoon in hand.

In the coming weeks, we will share a number of stories, from both our blog writers and guest posts from others that involve Mennonite cooking and community. If you have interest in contributing, tell us your stories in the comments or send us an email about a blog contribution. You can also leave your story via voicemail using the tab on the right side of the page. If you’re interested in purchasing the Mennonite Community Cookbook, check out this link.    

Benblog image Mast is a writing intern for MennoMedia and Herald Press. He studies English and Writing Studies at Eastern Mennonite University.