Good Eats in Amish Country
Berlin, OH - Events of Wednesday, June 19 to Sunday, June 23, 2013
A big reason we come to the Amish Country in Ohio is for the food. In addition to eating out at our favorite restaurant, Der Dutchman, we like to go to the many markets where you can buy foods like cheese, meats, snacks, baked goods, etc. to eat at home. One such place is Walnut Creek Cheese. Their name says cheese, but that's only part of what they offer. They also have a deli, a butcher shop, a bakery, an ice cream parlor and a lunch counter. There is also a large selection of bulk foods as well as a smattering of more common grocery items. In the same building complex there are other shops that sell jellies and kitchenware.
We headed to Walnut Creek Cheese on Wednesday because Margery needed some spices for a recipe she was planning for dinner that evening.
Amish people shop for groceries at Walmart because the food is economically priced (the Amish tend to be frugal), but they shop at Walnut Creek Cheese because Walnut Creek sells good, country-style food as well as a huge selection of bulk foods.
Because we have successfully lost enough weight to get down to our targets, we can cheat sometimes; but we still have to be careful not to eat too much of the wrong things. Although we occasionally eat candy in small quantities, buying it in bulk the way they sell it at Walnut Creek Cheese is a no-no. They do, however, have a small selection of no-sugar-added candy. Paul likes gummy peach rings.
Cheese has no carbs, so it is okay for our low carb-low sugar diet, and Walnut Creek has a lot of different cheeses to choose from. In the next photo, Paul is trying to decide what kind of cheese curds to get. Cheese curds are semi-finished cheese. They are the solid lumps of cheese that are left when the whey (liquid) is pressed out following the cheese-making process. Finished cheese is made from curds that are compressed into blocks or wheels and then aged. Cheese curds tend to be a little less creamy than finished cheese, but they make good snacks because they are bite-size lumps and don't need to be cut up like finished cheese.
Walnut Creek Cheese has a nice selection of ice cream that is made right there on the premises, but we passed on that, too. We do have ice cream frequently, but it is the no-sugar-added variety. We didn't see any no-sugar-added ice cream at Walnut Creek Cheese.
Margery picked up some bulk spices. There are almost two whole aisles of bulk items including herbs, spices, dried fruit, flavorings and mixes like cake mixes, dry soup mixes and various flavors of gelatin. There are also snacks, rice, pasta and more available in bulk packages.
Then there are the baked goods. The chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese filling looked delicious, but again, we passed.
We ended up getting some red-pepper cheese curds, a few grapes, a little sliced ham for sandwiches, a small bag of no-sugar-added gummy peach candies, some taco seasoning for the recipe Margery was planning for dinner that night plus a few other bulk spices.
One reason we were disciplined at Walnut Creek Cheese to not be tempted by all the goodies is we were planning to go to Der Dutchman on Friday. We had already been there for the breakfast buffet, and now we were planning to go for lupper.
Der Dutchman has lots of comfort food served as individual meals or family style. Sandwiches range in price from about $7 to $9, and dinners cost about $8 to $14. There is also a salad bar for $8 (available starting at 11:00 every day) and a hot buffet for $14 (available starting at 3:00 on Mondays through Thursdays) that also includes the salad bar.
We both had the salad bar. It includes a wide variety of salad fixin's plus things like cole slaw, potato salad, chicken salad, ham salad, pasta salad, three bean salad, apple sauce, pickled beets, two kinds of hard-boiled eggs, cottage cheese, fruit salad, and much more.
We have been experimenting with using the camera feature of our new smartphone, so after lupper, we went outside to take a couple of photos of the picturesque red barn in the valley behind Der Dutchman.
The camera on the smartphone, while not quite as good or as versatile as either our stand-alone Nikon or Canon cameras, is a lot better than the camera on our old flip phone. The smartphone camera did a pretty decent job in spite of the fact we didn't quite know what we were doing.
After our photo session, we headed back to the motor home and relaxed for the rest of the evening and over the weekend. We had more plans for the following week, so stay tuned.