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Amish Cook - Dorcas Raber rolls out recipes for 2017

By Dorcas Raber | Dec 28, 2016

Editor’s note: Due to the Christmas holiday, Gloria Yoder is taking time off from writing her column this week. She will return next week in her usual format.

Meanwhile, her mother, Dorcas Raber, was tending to up to 300 pounds of venison that she is freezing for 2017. The venison will be used in stews and recipes like the barbecued venison meatballs included in this week’s column. Enjoy these recipes from the Raber kitchen.

Barbecued Venison Meatballs


-3 pounds ground venison

-1-3/4 cup milk

-1 cup quick oats

-1 cup cracker crumbs

-3 eggs

-1 teaspoon chili powder

-1 teaspoon onion salt

-1 teaspoon garlic salt

-Salt and pepper

Barbecue sauce


-2 cups ketchup

-3/4 cup brown sugar

-1 tablespoon mustard

-1 tablespoon vinegar

1-1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke


In a large bowl, combine the ground venison, milk, oats, cracker crumbs, eggs, and seasonings.

Stir or knead until the meat mixture is well-combined. Shape the meat into 1-1/2 inch balls.

Place the balls on cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees until no longer pink inside.

In a Dutch oven, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar, and liquid smoke.

Stir until well-combined and heat over medium, stirring frequently, until near boiling. Add the meatballs to the sauce, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until ready to serve.

Raber’s Homemade Coffee Cake


-1/4 cup sugar

-1 cup vegetable oil

-1 cup milk

-1 teaspoon vanilla

-2 cups flour

-1 teaspoon baking soda

-1/2 teaspoon baking powder

-1/2 teaspoon salt

-Topping: 1/2 cup brown sugar

-1 tablespoon cinnamon


Mix the sugar, oil, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl. Then add flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

Pour into a greased 13X9 inch pan. Sprinkle topping on top of batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Amish Pecan Pie


-3 eggs

-2/3 cup white sugar

-1/2 cup pancake syrup

-1/2 cup clear corn syrup

-1/3 cup melted butter

-1 cup pecans


Stir together with a wire whisk and pour into one unbaked pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees until done, about one hour or until center is set.

Favorite Winter Chili


-3 pounds hamburger

-2 cups onion chopped

-1/2 cup whole wheat flour

-2-1/2 quarts tomato juice

-1-19 ounce can kidney beans (or beans of your choice)

-1 tablespoon cumin

-2 tablespoons chili powder

-1 tablespoon salt

-1 tablespoon taco seasoning

-2 teaspoons paprika

-1/2 teaspoon black pepper

-1/2 cup brown sugar


Fry and chop hamburger and onions in six-quart kettle. Add flour and mix well. Then add tomato juice and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add the rest of ingredients, simmer one hour.

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