Cookbook brings taste of Mexico, Amish Country

Back in July, I attended the Cookbook Extravaganza in Berlin, Ohio.

A yearly event, it brings regional cookbook authors together to show off their popular dishes, sell copies of their books and meet and greet members of the community as well as those who travel just for the event.

The winners have a poster in the Gospel Book Store displayed with their book available for purchase.

I brought home several cookbooks this year, and thought I would share some of them here.

My first book is “This is Mexico: A Collection of Recipes We Used in Mexico” compiled by Joanna Bontrager.

A collection of recipes that were used by missionaries running a school in a small town in Mexico, these are recipes from Amish and Mennonite women, along with pictures of the school and town.

The recipes are divided into eight chapters: Appetizers and Beverages, Soups and Salads, Vegetables and Side Dishes, Main Dishes and Meats, Breads and Rolls, Cookies and Candy, Desserts and This and That.

Appetizers and Beverages include Black Bean Roll-Ups, which were my youngest’s favorite dish of the day, and Frosty Mocha Drink.

Soups and Salads include Cheesy Chicken Chowder and Jell-O Salad.

Vegetables and Side Dishes include Refried Beans and Crunchy Potato Balls.

Main Dishes and Meats include Pizza Rice Casserole, Chicken Enchiladas, Easy Chicken Pot Pie and Taco Potato Casserole, all of which I have made at home and everyone enjoyed.

Breads and Rolls include Butterhorns, Peanut Butter Rolls and Donuts.

Cookies and Candy include Beary Cute Cookies, White Oatmeal Cookies (written in Pennsylvania Dutch and translated) and Chocolate Fudge.

Desserts include Pineapple Cheese Torte, Chocolate Ice Cream Roll, Shoo-fly Cake and Bean Cake, which my youngest tried at the event and couldn’t decide if she liked it or not.

This and That has recipes for Granola Cereal, Marshmallow Creme, Cheese Sauce (also written in Pennsylvania Dutch and translated) and Barbecue Hot Peppers.

My family has already had me try several recipes in the book, and have marked several more to try. There are some Mexican “inspired” dishes, but most are of the Amish variety.

“This is Mexico” is available at the Gospel Book Store in Berlin.

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Contact Amy Phelps at aphelps@newsandsentinel.com

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