I had a wonderful dinner this evening.

@GardenGerty (111645)
United States
August 7, 2008 12:25am CST
It was in a restaurant that is basically run by the Amish. There was REAL lemonade, and REAL mashed potatoes, and cream gravy and fresh green beans and home made bread, all with a breaded country fried steak. I had forgotten food tasted this good. We spent less than twenty dollars for this ample meal. I have not made mashed potatoes in ages, how about you? If you do make them, do you use instant, or make them from scratch? How long has it been since you have eaten a truly "from scratch" meal?
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
8 Aug 08
Wow this brings back memories when my grandmother, mother, and I used to go to the Lancaster, PA area where of course a lot of Amish live...I remember one restaurant...an all you can eat type place, where of course was run by Amish, everything homemade...used to LOVE that Shoo Fly Pie! OMG--I just did a search as I was curious if it was still around..IT IS...It was called Good n Plenty http://www.goodnplenty.com/ Mmmm...well, I'm a stickler for making everything homemade, as I love to cook and even make homemade mashed potatoes...once I did use the instant kind and it had a weird taste to me...probably all the added chemicals and preservatives. Thinking of Shoo Fly Pie...mmmm...now I have a hankering to make one...LOL...but when it gets cooler. And yup..make my own pies..I'm such a stickler for homemade from scratch even make homemade biscuits...especially sweet potato or cheese biscuits. Can't get that from Pillsbury..LOL
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@GardenGerty (111645)
• United States
8 Aug 08
You are right, homemade is best. I just do not do mashed potatoes at all, I have had too many diet police tell me that they are not good. I like them with garlic and cheese, or sour cream. Pies from scratch, always. I will never forget how disappointed I was with canned apple pie filling, no flavor at all. I am glad I brought you some memories.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
8 Aug 08
I guess with everything it's moderation...I just think homemade mashed potatoes in the long run would be healthier for a person than the chemically manufactured type. I love adding a slice of American cheese or shredded cheddar into mine, letting it melt in and blend and some chives...mmmm..Now I'm hungry...LOL Another good idea...instead of sour cream...add a bit of Ranch dressing to the potatoes and blend in..
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@carolscash (9500)
• United States
7 Aug 08
That sounds like a delicious meal! I would hope that I could fix meals like that every day but it doesn't always happen. I like to cook from scratch when I have the time. It is nice to eat a meal like that when you are out too as you know that it is not fast food and is healthier for you. I make potatoes both ways when I mash them. I make instant potatoes if I am in a hurry. If not, I would rather make them from real potatoes. I believe that a lady that I work with makes better mashed potatoes than anyone I have ever seen. My mother in law likes to cook and she makes a lot of from scratch meals. She is good at it and she fixes homemade yeast rolls too. I don't find the time for all of that.
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@GardenGerty (111645)
• United States
8 Aug 08
I used to do a lot more from scratch, and though the food tasted better, I think I was thinner. Must be the preservatives.
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@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
7 Aug 08
I try to cook from scratch a couple times a week but I find myself also relying a lot on frozen entrees (Stouffer's white lasagna is the best) which I try to always combine with a fresh cooked vegetable. The Amish restaurant sounds lovely. We used to go to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania a lot for auctions and there was a little restarant on route 30 where we always stopped for dinner. I think it was called Diener's. Your restaurant sounds a lot like that one and it makes me want to go back there.
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@GardenGerty (111645)
• United States
8 Aug 08
Sounds like I stirred up some memories with this one.
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@weemam (13377)
7 Aug 08
I make mash a lot pal , I make mince ( ground beef) and mashed potatoes often , I make a double amount and make a shepherds pie for another day . At the moment I have a big pot of stovies on the cooker , I do like to go out for a meal too though , Hubby and I are going out for a meal tomorrow , would you believe it was 2 years tomorrow he had his triple bypass , how time flies xx
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@GardenGerty (111645)
• United States
7 Aug 08
Good to remember and be thankful.
@winterose (39899)
• Canada
13 Aug 08
I can't stand instant potatoes so I always make them from scratch. That amish meal sounded wonderful, I have home style cooking all the time here in montreal, we have thousands of restaurants but not amish that I know about.
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@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
9 Aug 08
You made me hungry, I only make fresh mashed potatoes for hoildays. The dried potoe buds are so cheap and they are easier to make. I also made chicken fried steak a few weeks ago. Ummm! It was so good.
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@brimia (6584)
• United States
9 Aug 08
We go to Amish country almost every year. It's such a nice relaxing trip and the food is yummy. I actually do make almost all my meals from scratch these days. It takes longer but is much healthier and often cheaper.
@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
8 Aug 08
Yummy :):):)I like real everything too :)Glad you enjoyed your diner at the restaurant. I rarely make instant mashed potatoes, but sometimes I use the flakes to make soups thicker. I prefer the taste made from scratch and it doesn't even take that much longer.. well.. a bit, but it's worth LOL Most my meals are all made from scratch including the lemonada - except for bread if I use it. That's the one thing I really never got around making. Then again the only bread I know how to make takes forever to make and worse than that my hands and wrists hurt:) I think I probably would use more things that we don't have to make from scratch if the taste wasn't always not completely the way we like it. Which in the end turns out to be a good thing because this way we all cook from scratch in our home:):)
@GardenGerty (111645)
• United States
8 Aug 08
I cook more in the winter. I like potato salad and bean salads and other savory cold dishes in the summer. That is another reason that it was a treat to eat at Carriage Crossing, because it was not my kitchen that got hot.
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
9 Aug 08
LOL I know what you mean. The kitchen often gets really hot. During summer I tend to cook at night for diner. For lunch I make simpler things. Some of the things I like to have for lunch for us during the summer are : banana with portuguese fresh cheese ( cottage cheese is good too, but the portuguese one is better), some slices of tomato and cucumber, 1 slice of banana nut bread and homemade jam; strawberries/raspberries/blackberries freezee ( berries, orange or pineapple juice and plenty of ice all blended ) small slices of bread with cheese, nicely toasted so the cheese is melted, natural yogurt with pecans; carrot cream soup with green beens and portuguese chourico, grilled steak, tomato and lettuce salad; soft tacos with chicken/pork/steak lettuce, tomato and cheese, peach or berries milkshake, etc. these ones hardly get the kitchen warm and are really good. THen at night I make a all cooked meal.
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
8 Aug 08
Hi gerty, Wow that sounds yummy! I actually do make scratch meals from time to time. I do make mashed potatoes from scratch. That is one thing I just don't like for the box. Believe me, I do love my microwave and boil in the bag rice and all the other short cuts. But for some reason when it comes to mashed potatoes I just can't stand anything but the real thing. I don't make them often, but when I do it's gotta be from scratch! I will make a meat loaf, potatoes, fresh carrots and my own tomato sauce gravy. So that's a meal from scratch. It's not as often as I like. I think probably more often in the winter then summer. I will admit it is too easy these days to take the short cuts. I will start out making some of the meal from scratch, but then some of the stuff will end up with frozen veggies to spoil the effect! That's cause I don't have a real garden, only that frozen one in my frig!
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@GardenGerty (111645)
• United States
8 Aug 08
They say that frozen veggies can be as healthy as fresh or healthier, and I do not mind them. I used canned, or fresh when my kids were little, did not know any better. I like some of the terrific frozen blends you can get.
@fluffysue (1463)
• United States
8 Aug 08
Ohh I went to a restaurant like that when I was in Lancaster last year, and it was fantastic! Everything was so good, even simple things like buttered noodles. I have never made mashed potatoes from scratch myself, though I have assisted in preparation. I can't be bothered and use a mix. My meals are not usually truly "from scratch", since I ususally use something from a can, box, or package, at some point. I am lucky if the whole thing doesn't just come from one frozen box!
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@GardenGerty (111645)
• United States
8 Aug 08
When you want to, you can do it. I know people are terribly busy nowadays.
@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
7 Aug 08
Your dinner does sound good. I make food from scratch all the time. I make real mashed potatoes too. I don't mind peeling potatoes. Its hard to find a restaurant that has real mashed taters. That dinner makes my mouth water, I haven't had a good country fried steak in ages.
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@GardenGerty (111645)
• United States
8 Aug 08
These were definitely real. I bet there was real cream in the gravy too.
@babystar1 (4235)
• United States
7 Aug 08
I make real mashed potatoes most of the time. If I am in a rush I make the instant but the real potatoes are lots better.
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@GardenGerty (111645)
• United States
8 Aug 08
I have not been making mashed potatoes at all, we usually have the microwaved baked ones. Hubby made a twice baked potatoe last week called Leprechaun potatoes that had chives and spinach in it.
• United States
7 Aug 08
Sounds like a typical down home cooked Southern meal. We have a lot of Amish style recipes on our menus at home in the South. Guess it's been a big influence here. If hubby had his way, I'd cooked fried and breaded every day! He's on a salt free diet, so that's out! So happy you enjoyed your dinner. Sounds divine! Did they serve pie?
@GardenGerty (111645)
• United States
7 Aug 08
Pie was available, and I love theirs, but did not have any as I was already too full.
• United States
7 Aug 08
I've eaten at an Amish restaurant, if you can call it that. The food was incredible too. Mashed potatoes, well, since we move a lot I find myself not eating them for months and then I go on a starch binge and I can't get enough. I think they are more of a comfort food. I use to do instant when I was single but that's been a while. I know that you can take the potato flakes and use them as a crust on chicken, its a yummy substition.
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@GardenGerty (111645)
• United States
7 Aug 08
Great for thickening runny things, as well, like soup.
@wachit14 (3600)
• United States
7 Aug 08
The meal sounds wonderful. I remember eating in Amish country a few times at restaurants run by the Amish and the food was always so good and, of course, made from scratch. I really do try to make everything from fresh, including mashed potatoes. I use the microwave first to cook the potatoes thoroughly and I actually keep the skins on since they contain so many nutrients. I add milk, a little butter and some light sour cream along with salt and pepper to taste and mash the potatoes by hand. My kids really like it and I know they are getting good food that was made right from scratch.
@GardenGerty (111645)
• United States
7 Aug 08
I will have to try your way sometime. I think we just consider mashed potatoes to be fattening food. I really need to watch my weight.
• United States
7 Aug 08
Oh wow .. sounds very interesting but i bet it was an amazing dinner
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@GardenGerty (111645)
• United States
7 Aug 08
Very tasty.
@saundyl (9687)
• Canada
7 Aug 08
I make my meals from scratch alot oif the time. I find i like them alot more and feel healthier than if i eat the prefab stuff.
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@GardenGerty (111645)
• United States
8 Aug 08
You are right there. I know more about my food if I fix it myself. I can put more good things in and keep the bad stuff out.
@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
7 Aug 08
I love home made mashed potatoes. I have not had instant mashed potatoes on a long long time. Does meat loaf count as made from scratch along with real mashed potatoes? Or a roast? I bet your dinner was really good, it sounds delicious.
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@GardenGerty (111645)
• United States
7 Aug 08
Of course meatloaf counts. Hubby likes to make that. I usually either make microwave baked potatoes, or butter and dill potatoes, or Italian Fanned potatoes. I do not like to peel potatoes. I even leave skins on for potato salad, because a fancy place we went back east does this. Of course they use red potatoes, they also leave the skins on and "smash" their potatoes.
@minnie_98214 (10572)
• United States
7 Aug 08
Glad you enjoyed your meal. I was at a place like this once and didnt like it so much but i grew up with processed foods lol. I mean it was good but different for me. Now I have had like real tators beofre but mostly i eat instant tators when you got kids they are so much faster and easier. My mom used to cook big meals for us when she could but I never learned how to cook like that so well.
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@GardenGerty (111645)
• United States
7 Aug 08
I learned my best cooking after I got married. Mom was a good cook but did not like to let me do more than just the basics, for fear I would ruin something and food and money were pretty scarce.
@cher913 (25870)
• Canada
8 Aug 08
well we have dinners like that quite often. we make mashed potatoes from real potatoes and mash them with sour cream, butter and milk and we have a bread machine when we make fresh bread (we got it for free from friends of ours!) also, my hubby is a wonderful cook too!
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