March 2015 Newsletter

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Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen, the best Amish homestyle cookin' in Ohio's Amish Country21 Years and Counting

It is hard to believe how fast the time flies by, it seems that it has only been a short while that we kicked off Souper Salad Bar in March of 2014, yet here we are again, March 2015. It is also hard to believe that Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen has been up and running since September of 1994. There have been a lot of changes Souper Salad Bar at Mrs. Yoder's Restaurant in Mt Hope, Ohioin the way things are done now compared to when we first started. I still cringe when I think of some of ways we went about to prepare food and some of the food we served. I distinctly remember the first night we were open a gentleman came and told me that this was the worst charbroiled chicken breast he had ever eaten in his life. He then proceeded to tell me how to properly prepare it, and said, “I do hope you survive”. I felt so humiliated, I didn’t know what to say or do other than maybe crawl under a table and disappear. That same gentleman is now a regular and says he loves the food! So there have been some bumps in the road, but we have most definitely survived.
Our first managers 21 years ago were Gary Hochstetler, who now manages the Carpenter’s Café at Keim Lumber, and Jerry Miller, who is now an accountant. I learned a lot from them in those early years. I was a crazy woman with a big dream and they served as a buffer to some of my over exuberant ideas. I had no restaurant experience, but I loved to cook. I found out rather quickly that cooking for a family and cooking for a restaurant are two very different things. Do you know how many ways there are to make chili soup, or meatloaf, or potato salad, or, you name it; and everybody likes it the way they’re used to eating it. After four years Gary was offered another job and this is when Trent, our son, came in as a manager. He, like the rest of us, had to learn from the bottom up. But looking back I feel that was the best way to learn. We have good employees and a good management team. I have seen a lot of employees come and go in the last two decades, I’ve watched the girls get married, have children, and now some of those children are working here. Maybe in twenty years the next generation will be working here.
Five years after Trent came on board we asked Robert Burkholder and his wife, which is our niece, to join our team, and like everyone else he had to start in the dish room and learn the ropes. Two years later he became a partner in the business and has been working ever since. About 5 years ago we got into catering and it keeps growing bigger every year. Robert is found in the kitchen most of the time, cooking and making wedding chicken, and making sure everything gets done that needs to be done. He also takes care of all the catering. You will find John Raber out front mingling with the customers and making sure everything is in order in the front of the house. Jonas Kaufman is every place doing whatever needs to be done at the moment. Trent Yoder does the bookwork, works on repairs, and helps out as needed. Laura Mae Van Pelt will do whatever is asked of her, most of the time she will greet you at the front desk with her cheery smile and she will remember you and what you’ve been up to, so be careful. We have a man in the back that you hardly ever get to see, (he is a little shy). Abe Yoder comes in early in the mornings for the delivery trucks and puts all the supplies away. When he’s done with that he cuts up chicken or beef, and gets fish ready for the buffet. So we have a great team working here. Restaurant work is not easy, but it’s enjoyable and the woman whom so many people said must be crazy to put a restaurant in Mt. Hope enjoys it very much. Thank you for making Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen a success!

I received six new cookbooks for Christmas this past year, so I invited some friends over and made an entire meal using only brand new recipes. I love to invite friends when I try new recipes so they can judge the food, and also help me eat it in case I don’t like it! Here are a few I’ve tried this year..

Simply Green Salad
6 C. torn iceberg lettuce
6 C. torn romaine
3 C. green onions, thinly sliced
1 celery rib, thinly sliced
¾ C. dried cranberries
¼ C. toasted sliced almonds
¼ C. veg. oil
¼ C. white vinegar
¼ C. sugar
¼ tsp salt
½ to 1 tsp hot pepper sauce
1 T. minced fresh parsley
In a large bowl toss first 6 ingredients. In another bowl combine the oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, hot pepper sauce, and parsley. Mix well and toss with salad. Enjoy!

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Chicken Broccoli Rigatoni
12 oz uncooked rigatoni, or large tube pasta
1 T olive oil
1 tsp minced garlic, optional (I used onions)
¼ C. butter, cubed
¼ C. all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2 ½ C. milk
5 C. fresh broccoli florets
2 C. or 8 oz mozzarella cheese
3 C. diced cooked chicken
Cook pasta, drain, then toss with olive oil and set aside. In saucepan, sauté garlic in butter, stir in flour and salt until blended. Gradually add milk and bring to a boil. Stir until thickened. Remove from heat and set aside. Boil broccoli in a small amount of water until crisp-tender. Drain and rinse with cold water. Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray, layer 1 cup of white sauce, then half of the chicken, pasta, and broccoli. Repeat layers, then top with remaining sauce and cheese. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes, or until hot.

Lemon Delight
32 oz yogurt (plain or vanilla)
2 – 3 oz pkg. instant lemon pudding
1- 20 0z can crushed pineapple, with juice
8 oz. cool whip
Mix first three ingredients, then fold in the cool whip. This is so simple, easy, and quick. I have also used Pina Colada pudding

Amish Restaurant with Buffet in Mt Hope, 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

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