Well, I'm back from my gut busting vacation to the Amish Country. Had some incredible meals and sampled a bunch of Lardy Chips. (I think the Original Good's are the best, followed by Gibble's, King's, Martin's, Grandma Utz's and Herr's). My experiences with Dienner's (on Route 30 beside Dutch Haven) in the past had been good, but they have outdone themselves. They have a breakfast buffet for $4.49 with everything imaginable on it (Fresh Lanc. County sausage, scrapple, fresh farm bacon, fresh farm eggs, baked oatmeal, fried cornmeal mush, shoo fly cake, fruit, doughnuts, you name it). The most incredible breakfast value in my life. I also went at lunch and had their buffet (all the typical Amish foods- chicken pot pie, pork and kraut, braised chicken, etc) and everything on it was excellent. My wife had sweet potato french fries that were wonderful. My Amish friend who has a friend that works for Dienner's said that Dienner's just bought Harvest Drive Restaurant which holds more people than the current Dienner's. I think the plan is to send the tourists out there.
Also had some great meals at Bird-in-Hand (they had an outstanding ground ham salad that was to die for). Consumed great amounts of dried corn.
Speaking of my Amish friends, I had lunch with them last Sunday. She fixed a pizza, made from scratch (sauce, dough, cheese from the cows in the barn, pepperoni was store bought) that was wonderful. She also prepared a wonderful salad with fresh bacon and eggs. We had fresh bread and butter pickles as well. But to top it off, Ruth Stoltzfus had huge, hot Apple Dumplings- the kind where you fill the core of the apple with cinnamon and brown sugar, cover the apple with dough, bathe them in a cinnamon and brown sugar sauce, serve them hot, cover them with homemade ice cream and/or non-pastuerized whole milk stright from the udder and enjoy. Man, was that good eating.