99 Favorite Amish Breads, Rolls, & Muffins

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Varozza, Georgia. 99 Favorite Amish Breads, Rolls, & Muffins: Plain and Simple Recipes to Warm Your Soul. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers. 2017.

SUMMARY:
Filled with delicious recipes originating with the Amish, 99 Favorite Amish Bread, Rolls, & Muffins shares biscuits, scones, breads, muffins, rolls and bun ideas to be enjoyed by all. Though not difficult in preparation, the outcome is definitely appetizing. Paired with a dinner menu or sampled alone as a snack, these Amish favorites are sure to inspire as well as be devoured. Popovers, Soda Bread, Orange Cream Scones and Peach Muffins are just a few of the included aroma-filled, tummy-pleasing recipes in this useful, spiral-bound cookbook.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Already owning and using several cookbooks from this series, I was more than happy to add yet another to my collection. Easy to follow directions with pantry-ready ingredients, it is perfect for that needed side-dish, hoped-for breakfast item, or anticipated dessert. Though I missed the photographs which could have accompanied each recipe, I did appreciate the spiral-bound cookbook which can remain open while cooking. Easy to substitute ingredients if needed and/ or desired, this compact cookbook should be a staple in every kitchen.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of 99 Favorite Amish Breads, Rolls, & Muffins from Harvest House Publishers for my honest review*

Made With Love

Goyer, Tricia. Gore, Sherry. Made With Love: The Pinecraft Pie Shop. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers. 2015.

SUMMARY:
madewithloveWanting nothing more than to own her own pie shop, Lovina Miller enjoys Pinecraft, Florida, where her family now resides. Positive she will never marry but instead be a young entrepreneur, Lovina’s mother has other plans for Lovina and her sisters. When Noah Yoder arrives in town to work as a carpenter, he hopes to help Lovina make her dream come true; however, there are several obstacles in the way, including his past. Full of delicious recipes, Amish Proverbs, faith, grace and forgiveness, Made With Love delivers more than fresh-baked pies…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Liking the previous books of both authors, I couldn’t pass up this combined effort. With a sweet yet involved story-line, the characters were deeper than just surface level, including possible everyday situations. Honestly reading the book originally for the recipes, the touching story was an added bonus. Trying some of recipes already (Key Lime Pie and Red-Skin Mashed Potatoes), this book will most likely find a spot on my kitchen shelf. Hopefully, the next books in the Pinecraft Pie Shop series will be written in the same style. Yum!

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Made With Love from Harvest House Publishers for my honest review*

Amish Friends (Cookbook)

Brunstetter, Wanda E. The Best of Amish Friends Cookbook Collection. Uhrichsville, OH: Barbour Publishing, Inc. 2013.

SUMMARY:
Amish cookbookThe author has created an appealing cookbook full of hearty and delicious recipes ranging from Breakfast Foods to Desserts (and many, many items in between). It appears most (if not all) of the recipes are shared by Amish women from throughout the different Amish communities (Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Indiana). Though basic in ingredients, the results sound satisfying and appetizing. Many of the recipes include a picture of the anticipated outcome. Mixed throughout the chapters of recipes is the history of Amish communities with the many differences and similarities explained (schools, transportation, religion, etc).

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
I received this cookbook as an eBook and it was outstanding on my Nook. The pictures with the recipes were visually pleasing. The Amish recipes used several everyday pantry items along with fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and sweets to mix the items in new ways. I actually tried a few of the recipes with my family and plan to continue to add them to my meals (Bean Salad, Winter Fruit Salad, Chicken Pot Pie, Cobbler, Honey Bun Cake). I also appreciated the Amish tidbits and learned about the different beliefs and customs associated with the different Amish communities. Definitely worth taking a peek at, this book was a nice change-of-pace from my usual fiction books (and SO appreciated by my hungry family)! Yum!!

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Best of Amish Friends Cookbook Collection from Netgalley and Barbour Publisher for my honest review*