April 2014 Newsletter

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Ohio Amish Country Dining BuffetWhere is Spring?

Spring, it is my favorite time of year. I anticipate those first showy crocuses, the lush green grass, and the awakening of new life. As I sit here writing this however, spring is nowhere in sight. Yesterday was a balmy 62 degrees, but it was nothing but a teasing glimpse of what is to come, because today it is once again icy and snowing, and the temperature has plummeted taking my spirits along with it. God is saying to me, have patience, you are not in charge here; so I give thanks that I can stay inside and enjoy the warmth of the fireplace while still anticipating springs arrival. I have been keeping an eye out for that first sign that spring is here, the dandelion. Amish Country Cooking in OhioI can’t wait to eat my first bite of dandelion gravy over creamy mashed potatoes, one of my favorite foods for sure! I just read an article in a health prevention magazine about the medicinal importance of the dandelion. Every part of the plant is edible and beneficial for you. The leaves are rich in beta carotene and have even more iron and calcium than spinach. They are delicious in dandelion gravy or simply tossed into a salad. The flower heads are a great source of lecithin, which is beneficial for memory disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. They can be eaten raw in salads or dipped in eggs and crackers and fried. These bright yellow blooms are also the key ingredient in dandelion wine. I have some not so fond memories of having to help my dad pick what seemed like thousands of these blossoms. You could pick for hours and yet the bucket never got full. The roots may be the most versatile of all. They are chock-full of vitamins and minerals and are rich in potassium. They can be boiled 20 minutes for tea, or you can add them in when you make soup stock; you can cook them like parsnips and lightly fry them. The roots can also be dried and ground up, then roasted and used for coffee, which I have tasted, but didn’t really care for. I also read that the dandelion is a natural diuretic, and it helps to cleanse and detoxify the body. I had to smile as I read that, because my mother told me this every spring for years and she was no doctor. She always said that you needed to eat 21 meals of dandelion so you would have good health. This humble little dandelion really is a spring tonic! This article also mentioned that eating dandelion reduces Amish Country Cooking in Ohiostiffness in the joints and increases mobility. If that’s the case, you might see me hopping, skipping, and running through the restaurant. It might save me from knee surgery. It’s also used to help control diabetes and hypoglycemia. The milky juice of the stem is used to treat warts, and if applied daily for a week it helps dry them up. If the dandelion can live up to all of these medicinal miracles, then why do we spend lots of money to have them sprayed so we don’t have those yellow flower heads Amish Country Cooking in Ohiodotting our green lawns? There’s one more very important use for these yellow headed wonders. Have you ever had a dandelion bouquet given to you by a precious grandchild, or a curled corsage made with love and given from the heart? Very Special Indeed!
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Amish Restaurant with Buffet in Mt Hope, OhioFrench Rhubarb Pie

2 T. flour, heaping
1 cup sugar
1 egg
½ cup milk
½ tsp. vanilla Amish Restaurant with Buffet in Mt Hope, Ohio
2 cups finely diced rhubarb
1 unbaked pie crust

½ cup butter
½ cup brown sugar
¾ cup flour
Mix flour and sugar. Add egg, milk, and vanilla. Mix well with a wire whip, then fold in diced rhubarb. Pour into unbaked pie crust. For topping, mix all three ingredients until crumbly and put on top of rhubarb filling. Bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes, reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 35 minutes until set.

Amish Restaurant with Buffet in Mt Hope, Ohio


Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen has Amish Country Cooking in Ohio

8101 State Route 241 Mt Hope, OH 44660

Phone: (330) 674-0922

Restaurant Hours:
Monday - Saturday 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Closed Sunday

Email Us: info@mrsyoderskitchen.com

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