When we arrived at the farm, I was instantly excited by the milk cows that were right across from the house in a huge field with a grain silo and barns. I never had the chance to really see that stuff growing up so I love when I'm anywhere near a farm. I love Holstein cows and their adorable black-and-white coloring.
(***Total sidenote........I remember in 1987 when Poison came in concert with Brittny Fox and the lead singer of Brittny Fox wore holstein cowboy books. I've wanted a pair since the first day I saw him wearing those. I also caught CC Deville's t-shirt that night-It's probably still in the garage packed away with my other headbanger momentos!)
My boys getting ready to eat some good food!
Such a quaint, simple and beautiful house. It reminded me of paintings of the perfect farmhouse
They require a reservation of at least 10 people so that you fill up the long tables. The food is served family style and there was tons of it. I'm not exaggerating at all when I say that, next to my Momma's cooking, of course, this Amish food was........the......best......ever!!!!
We started out with coleslaw, then green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade chicken and noodles, rolls with apple butter (to die for!), turkey and dressing, roast beef, baked chicken, 4 kinds of pie; butterscoth (soooo good), coconut, chocolate and peach. One of the other tables had left a whole cherry pie and the sweet Amish lady serving us asked us if we wanted it. Of course we did!!! After all, we did have a crowd of around forty people. It was amazing that the food kept coming out. They gave us more than enough to eat.
The really fun part of the night was explaining to my kids that the egg noodles for the chicken and noodles didn't come in a bag that said Reame's Egg Noodles. The noodles were made by hand and cut by hand. The pie crusts didn't come from the Wal-marts, they were handmade. My poor kids didn't know what to think about that. It actually made me feel a little guilty for not cooking home-cookin' type food all the time. The honest truth is....I work and I don't have that kind of time, nor do I have that kind of metabolism! HA!
Mr. Hautemama and I have been on a diet for a couple of months now and we actually weighed ourselves before we went to dinner and then the next morning. I gained 1.4 pounds that night and hubs only gained .4 - go figure! Men-they kill me!!!
The biggest surprise of the night was the lighting in the family's house. And we ate in the basement of their house. Upstairs where you walk in has a little desk and some shelves for selling their food stuff.
I have to admit, I bought some of almost everything they had for sale. I bought a huge jar of sweet garlic dill pickles, a package of homemade noodles and chicken base in a little plastic container. We also bought a big jar of the apple butter. We've had toast every morning for breakfast and eaten it with the apple butter. During the dinner, Small Fry liked the Apple Butter so much, he put it on his plate and started just eating it with a spoon. Now that's some good Apple Butter - kid tested and approved!
They were selling the family cookbook with all their recipes and I bought that too!
If I could learn to cook like that, I would have a happy family! A fatter figure, but a happy family. You win some, you lose some!
After reading through the cookbook, I realized that the Amish way of cooking is fairly simple. Just really fresh ingredients....that's what makes the difference. Our family could stand to leave the preservatives alone for a while! We're probably pickled from all that stuff that's in our fast food and junk food.