Thursday, May 20, 2010
AMISH COUNTRY, MAKING PRETZELS
Our first stop was the farmers market at Bird In Hand, PA. We indulged in home made sausages, shoo fly pie, local cheese, local Wilbur Chocolates and home made specialty noodles and coleslaw. Many women working the counters wore the typical head dress of the Amish or Menonnite. We aren't sure of the difference and didn't ask.
We stopped at the Old Country Store and found these chains and fasteners, the kind we still use on our ceiling fans. It's impossible to find them anymore, and so pleased to find them. It was our goal to stop at a renowned restaurant for chicken pot pie. The village was so small we passed the restaurant and found ourselves in the village of Intercourse, PA before we were even hungry.
The Intercourse Pretzel Factory gave us a tour of their pretzel making kitchen and a lesson in pretzel making. The instructor could roll that dough to the perfect thinness and length, then flip and twist it into the correct shape in seconds. Jim made a pretty good roll. No one got them quite as thin as our instructor's example.
I thought my pretzel was the best, but everyone said it had an extra twist in it.
In any case, we all earned our Official Pretzel Twisters Certificate and had a lot of fun. This company claims that 90 per cent of the pretzels made in the U.S. come from a radius of one hundred miles from their shop, but 80 per cent of them are eaten locally.
On our way out of town we stopped at an Amish farm for fresh vegetables. Though the radishes were huge, they weren't the least bit bitter or strong. Yum! Fresh organic everywhere you look.
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