Fresh Rye bread, straight from the Amish bakery at Shiloh General Store, Troyer corned beef, purchased in the deli section, with melted provolone and homemade sauerkraut and thousand island dressing.
My birthday treat
For my birthday, my husband likes to take me to the Amish general store in a nearby Amish community. I love to shop. He loves the fried pies! Cherry for him and lemon for me. As is our tradition, he then offered to take me out to a nice restaurant for supper.
But this time my mouth was watering over the still warm rye bread from the bakery and the juicy corned beef from the deli. So, we skipped the fancy meal and went home for a classic Reuben on rye with homemade sauerkraut and a side of sour pickles from last summer's garden. (We'd already had dessert--those amazing fried pies.)
All we had to do was slice and butter the bread. Place it on a hot griddle to toast with cheese on top to melt while the corned beef warmed on the other side of the griddle. Then, add the sauerkraut and dressing just before sandwiching the two sides together. Simple, so fresh, and incredibly delicious.
To me, a birthday doesn't get any more satisfying than that!
Do you have a similar Amish market near you? Or have you visited one? I'd love to hear about your experience or what draws you to visit an Amish store.
Amy spent her childhood in Melbourne, Australia, where her parents were church planters. After returning to the States, the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia became home.