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Archive for September 3rd, 2009

To market, to market

Amazing flowers at the Amish market

Amazing flowers at the Amish market

Last week, Tom and I visited family and friends in Lancaster County, PA where we both grew up. We enjoyed going to Lancaster Central Market, the oldest farmer’s market in the U.S., to sample the homegrown produce and Amish wares found there. It was a treat to eat fresh sweet corn and tomatoes picked that morning in the nearby farm fields. Tom’s mom used to shop here weekly, and when I taught in Lancaster I shopped at this┬ámarket, too.

We were tempted by all the baked goods, including Whoopie pies (which originated in Lancaster Co., PA but later could also be found in Maine), that my┬ámom used to make when I was a kid. I’ve made them one or two times in my many years as a cook; but the fact that they are made with Crisco makes them a bit less appealing today!

Lancaster has a brand-new convention center which we’re considering using for a Debbie Diller Institute. If you might be interested in attending one in Lancaster, PA, please let us know! No dates set yet. Just thinking about it.

Just for fun, here’s Mom’s recipe for Whoopie Pies: (makes a bunch!)

Cookies: (mix together and make into cookies and bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes on cookie sheet)

1 c. Crisco shortening
2 c. sugar
2 egg yolks
1 c. sour milk (1 T. vinegar to 1 c. milk)
2 tsp. vanilla
4 c. flour
1 c. cocoa
1 tsp. salt
1 c. hot water with 2 tsp. baking soda dissolved in it

Filling: (put between 2 cooled cookies, then wrap with Saran wrap)

blend together the following:

4 c. powdered sugare
2 T. vanilla
4 T. flour
4 T. milk
1 1/2 c. Crisco shortening
then add 2 beaten egg whites

Just thought you had to see what was in these babies!!! If you ever get to Pennsylvania Dutch Country, check out downtown Lancaster on market day.

Amish bakery

Amish bakery with traditional potpie noodles that I make from scratch

Vegetable stand at the Amish market

Vegetable stand at the Amish market

Amish goods

Amish girl rings up sales at the market

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