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Amish Kitchen: Cool mornings, wedding invitations and seasoned red potatoes

It’s a cool Michigan morning with the temperature down to the 50-degree mark. The redness from the sunrise is so bright, promising a beautiful day with the sun warming up the outside world. I have a few gas lights on to warm up the house for baby Ryan.

Son-in-law Mose dropped daughter Susan and children off here on his way to work this morning. Susan has both children cuddled with her on the recliner. Baby Ryan is almost 6 weeks old and already 12 pounds. He is doing well and growing. He is also cooing and discovering everyone and smiling a lot. So precious.

Daughter Elizabeth and children plan to come as well. It is always fun to have the little grandchildren here for a day. Abigail will have her third birthday on Sept. 10. She is looking forward to her birthday.

Last week we received two more wedding invitations, making a total of four on our refrigerator now. Nephew Morris and Annie are published and have set their wedding date for Oct. 3. Morris Jr. is a son to Joe’s sister Salome and Morris from Campbellsburg, Kentucky, so we would have a five-and-a-half hour trip to attend.

Daughter Susan and I were asked to help cook and daughter Verena is to be a table waiter. Our whole family is invited and we hope most of us can attend. It will be nice to see where they live now that they make their home in Kentucky.

Another invitation is from niece Salome and Caleb. They set their date in November. Salome is the daughter of Joe’s sister Loretta and her husband Henry, and this wedding is local.

Nephew Marvin and Lori’s wedding will be first in a nearby community. Marvin is brother Albert and Sarah Irene’s son. Daughter Verena was asked to be a table waiter at their wedding.

The other invitation is for a wedding in October of a good friend of ours. Brittney and Kevin will exchange vows on Oct. 12.

Congratulations to all the couples. May God bless all their marriages and be their guide as they join hands together.

Last week was the estate sale for neighbor Irene’s belongings. So sad to see her house emptied. We bought her bed and a dresser. Irene’s presence was greatly missed. It just seemed that we should see her around. Irene died in the spring at age 91.

Rest in peace Irene. You were a good neighbor to us.

In my last column, I shared a pizza sauce recipe. I have a few more specifics for those of you who want to try it. The amount of Clear Jel needed is 1 1/2 to 2 cups, which was more than I thought it would take. The amount also depends on how thick you want the sauce.

Also, I have a correction to the recipe for zucchini cookies that I shared in my column the week of July 29. The amount of flour needs to be doubled. A big thank you to the reader who pointed this out.

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Lovina Eicher’s daughters made a batch of zucchini cookies last week and everyone loved them. Provided photo

My daughters made a batch of these cookies and everyone loved them. Even for those who don’t like zucchini, I think you will like these. I apologize for any inconvenience, although most cookie bakers know to add more flour if a cookie is too flat.

This week I will share a recipe for seasoned red potatoes. We put ours in a foil pan on the grill instead of in the oven.

I am looking forward to meeting some of my readers on Sept. 14 in Nappanee, Indiana, during my book signing at the library.

God’s blessings to all.

Seasoned red potatoes

  • 12 to 14 small red potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions: Place potatoes in an ungreased three-quart baking dish. In a bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients; drizzle over the potatoes. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes or until tender. Stir every 15 minutes while baking. Serves six.

Lovina’s Amish Kitchen is written by Lovina Eicher, Old Order Amish writer, cook, wife, and mother of eight. Her newest cookbook, The Essential Amish Cookbook, is available from the publisher, Herald Press, 800-245-7894. Readers can write to Eicher at PO Box 1689, South Holland, IL 60473 (please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply); or email LovinasAmishKitchen@MennoMedia.org and your message will be passed on to her to read. She does not personally respond to emails.

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