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Dec 24, 2012 01:47 AM

Old Mennonite Cooking Show???

Does anyone remember these 2 Mennonite ladies that had their own show, back in the day. This was a time there were only a few chef on TV like Jeffrey Smith, Yan Can Cook, and the Cajun guy (name?). It may have been a combined crafts and cooking show. I remember a recipe for a baked "fried chicken" recipe that included marjoram, flour and butter. If someone can remind me or find me that recipe... I can relive aspects of my childhood which was as a foreign child in the inner city. And yet, I loved these ladies. Please help???????????

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  1. was that Madylin Cooks(spelling?)

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    1. re: dolly52

      No - "Madeleine Cooks" was a PBS show with a French woman making gourmet French dishes. She wasn't a Mennonite.

    2. Justin Wilson
      is probably the Cajun chef, or alternately Paul Prudhomme.
      I'm 60 and I remember no Mennonite cooking show.
      Almost sounds like an SNL skit.
      What city are we talking about and was it PBS?

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      1. re: bbqboy

        I grew up in NYC and watched a lot of PBS. IThat and 60 Minutes is how I learned English. No wonder I became a chef with an itch for socio-economic justice (aka-the Tooth Fairy).

        It was def. not the Cajun chef or chubby chef Prudhomme. It was two Mennonite ladies and it was for a short time I remember them. Now, I think it was between 1978-80 I saw this show. That one recipe was actually heaven to my mouth. I made that recipe and subsequently, became a chef, many years later. I would love to find recipe to find what was ultimately, pieces of heaven, to a physically and psychologically abused child.

        If you would please help me find what I seek and not second-guess me, that would be wonderful. Thank you.

        1. re: Meltemi

          Are you sure they were Mennonite? I ask because the Mennonites that I know, especially women, shun drawing attention and it seems odd that they would go on TV, even PBS.

          1. re: cleobeach

            I can swear as far as I was a kid and I remember this was my first introduction into Mennonites. I knew about the Amish but not these people. So it was quite fascinating for me to learn about them. The two ladies were dressed quite the way you would imagine. I'm pretty sure they were from Indiana. I will find them one day. I know I will :)

      2. Perhaps you are thinking of "Cooking from Quilt Country" with Marcia Adams? I don't think she herself was Mennonite, but her cooking was. And she was just one lady, not two. Apparently she passed away in 2011, but here's one of her books, which does have a recipe for "oven fried chicken" that might be the one you're looking for:

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        1. re: AmyH

          Oh my!!! You are RIGHT! It was Quilt Country which is why I kept seeing quilts. Thank you! You are awesome!

          1. re: AmyH

            The correct title of the show was "Amish Cooking from Quilt Country", if that helps in locating copies of the programs.

            1. re: AmyH

              An older Memmonite cookbook is this one by Showalter

              My mom got this when I was in high school, and I browsed it quite a bit. Among other things it includes menu and recipes for a barn raising (50+ people).

              this is the cover I recall

              Another, with more of an international flavor (from Mennonites working in relief work) is More with Less,

              1. re: AmyH

                RE: Amy H.....I have this cook book & I love it!! Haven't used it in some years, will have to dig it out again....

              2. And if you want a current source for Mennonite recipes, here's a great blog:


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                1. re: Jeri L

                  Thank you. I do appreciate it but i'm not exactly looking for Mennonite recipes as much as a particular recipe/recipes because I'm being nostangic. I did see the blog. I was going to write to them if I failed to find it here. Thank God for AmyH.

                  Book ordered. You ought to see the smile on my face.

                  1. re: Meltemi

                    Wow! I'm so glad I could bring such joy into your life today! I hope the recipe in the book is exactly the one you are remembering and that it brings back good memories of your childhood.

                    Happy holidays!

                  2. re: Jeri L

                    I took a look ... just wondering, the picture under About Us ... I used to see Mennonites all the time when I was growing up, and they wore bonnets and were very recognizable (and very distinguishable from Amish women whom I saw a lot as well). Have I missed something? These women look like everyone else ;)

                    1. re: foiegras

                      There are different subgroups (orders) of Mennonites and Amish. They follow the rules of their leaders in regards to dress and use of modern technology. I think the variation between groups is quite a bit more pronounced and noticeable among the Mennonites. So, like you said, some are very recognizable and some look just like us.

                      1. re: foiegras


                        The ones with the distinctive dress were most likely 'Old Order Mennonite'.

                        Looks like the Mennonite Girls Can Cook group is based around Abbotsford, BC, just inland from Vancouver.

                        1. re: paulj

                          Thank you both. Most interesting.