Dreams Really Do Come True!

PtL! The cover for Cooking & Such ~ adventures in Plain Living is here! Are you ready for a contest? Keep reading. There are two!

While spooning gravy over my plate of biscuits last winter in Troyer’s Dutch Heritage Restaurant, I leaned in as I listened to my Old Order Amish friends, Levi and Lydia Fisher, present an idea to me that was so incredible, I would barely sit down the remainder of the day. Lydia is the editor of the successful, relatively new publication, Ladies Journal magazine. Knowing my passion for writing and my love of great food, she and Levi thought starting a cooking magazine for Plain folks was an endeavor I would not only enjoy, but could become my life’s work. They prayed about it extensively, they said, before bringing the idea to the table. Literally! And then they told me if anyone was up for the challenge, it would be me.

They were right. After much prayer on my end and several meetings with folks more business-minded than myself, I got that confirmation from God to go forward with the project.

Little did I know then, there would be 15+ people involved making this publication the unique magazine it is. This has been a prime example of true team effort. That breath-taking photo of the Chocolate Strawberries-n-Cream Whoopie Pies was the creation of many hands. A batch of the cookies were baked by 15 year-old Kathleen Schlabach, and the pretty pink filling was a recipe I specially created and whipped up for our Valentine’s Day photo spread. Piping in the frosting just-so and wrapping them with a pretty bow was Lena Kropf. Finally, the sweet, little, frozen (you wouldn’t believe how fast they wanted to melt on us) cookie cakes were photographed by Chris Meyer. They tasted every bit as good as they looked!

Combine creative food stylist/photographers, writers from across the country (Jenni Yoder’s Christmas candy-making story made me laugh and cry), a copy editor, bakers and cooks, and the best graphic designer one could wish for, and viola – with God’s grace, Cooking & Such is now a reality.

I’ve enjoyed unexpected response to my first cookbook, Taste of Pinecraft; Glimpses of Sarasota, Florida’s Amish Culture and Kitchens. Many people know I never anticipated anyone outside our village and readers of The Budget newspaper would ever see a copy. I just set out to write a cookbook for our community – one local folks could pass on as a gift to visiting family and friends. If you told me two years ago my book would be read by people in other countries (a BBC producer in Wales), endorsed by bestselling authors (wow!), and that its contents would prompt a call from The National Geographic Channel telling me, one, they read it and really liked it, and two, asked if they could send a film crew to my house, I’d have laughed out loud at your far-fetched good humor.

Cooking & Such is different. With this project, I purposely set out with a dream of making this magazine a delight to both Amish and non-Amish readers alike. Can we do it? Time will tell. Meanwhile, this has been one the most exhilarating times of my life. But one that did not come without challenges. Creating the winter issue while living in Florida in the midst of scorching August heat was more than a little difficult, to say the least (it was a first for us to do a Christmas cookie baking in the summertime). But we did it! And we hope you love it as much as we do.

The premier issue debuts December 1, 2011. Subscription information is available by clicking on the cover of Cooking & Such on the flash header at the top of the page or you can go to BOOKS, and click on the magazine cover, itself).

Contest #1
I’m giving away a package of delicious, homemade Pennsylvania Dutch Ginger Cookies made with 10 year-old Elizabeth Yoder’s recipe, featured in the first issue of Cooking & Such. To enter, leave a comment here, telling what you’d like to see featured in future issues of the magazine. And I’d love to hear how you heard about this website. :)

Contest #2
For subscribers only: You can win a FREE gift subscription for a friend! We’ll pick one randomly chosen winner of all those who subscribe to Cooking & Such ~ adventures in Plain Living through this website, only. The winner’s name will be announced in the first issue. :)

~ Blessings from Pinecraft, the most unique little village in the world.

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49 Responses to Dreams Really Do Come True!

  1. Sandra Selle says:

    Sweet sweet Sherry….I could not be more excited if it were my own magazine!!! You are a God given special and dear friend that I am soooo very proud of. I’ll be anxiously awaiting that first issue and be drawn into it from beginning to end.

    God Bless You !!!

    Love you!
    Sandra

  2. Sandra Selle says:

    Thought I would pop waiting on the opportunity to subscribe! Now…I can go to bed:-)

  3. Maggie Thornton says:

    Sherry,
    I have been praying for you from the beginning of this magazine. I am so happy that one of your dreams of many have come full force. Congratulations and the cover is remarkable to say the least. It is you all the way. Blessings my Good Friend. Many more prayers are being said for you.
    Maggie

  4. Daniel griego says:

    I’m so happy for you! I would like to see anything that’s in the magazine being a man who cooks dinner every night for my children I’ll be using the recipes offer as I do taste of pinecraft.

  5. KELLY EHLERS says:

    Congradulations Sherry!! May Gods blessings continue to be in abundance to you and your family. I thank Chris Meyer for, putting us in touch and look forward to meeting you soon!! If you are not crazy busy in November, we are coming home for Thanksgiving week. Would love to meet you and your family. Love to you all!

  6. Heidi Hurtado says:

    I am so happy for you, Sherry. I can’t wait to get this magazine in my mailbox! I would love to see an issue done during the Amish wedding season on wedding customs as well as the food. Best wishes for the magazine and you my friend.

  7. Sherry, how wonderful! Dream do come true, often with some muscle and ingenuity behind them. :) Of course, I found out about your new site from Facebook. So happy for you, friend! I look forward to one day sitting down and having some Yoder’s pie with you. :)

  8. So excited for you Sherry and all involved. I would love to see more of your wonderfully described recipes and more stories of the life and times of Sherry Gore. Congratulations on all your successes. I heard about the magazine from your facebook page, I am a big fan of yours.

  9. Ivy says:

    Sherry, I’m so excited about your new magazine! I can’t wait to start receiving it! I’m so happy for you too! I love the new cover!

    I’d love to see some slow cooker recipes and things that are easier to make if you’re disabled. In other words, quick and easy!

    Congratulations Sherry and I can’t wait to get my first copy! Hugs to my sweet friend and of course to Jacinda!

  10. Sherry, I came over from Facebook. What would I love to see? I love to bake so I would love to see dessert receipes. My husband, however, would love for me to see dinner receipes (especially if they are easy to do). I don’t try new things often enough but I am willing to try! I am going to go subscribe right now.

    Congratulations Sherry! I am excited to see where this takes you!

  11. Susan Ferrell says:

    Congratulations, Miss Sherry! What a labor of love! I heard about this through, of course, Facebook! I’d love to see some one-pot dishes – easy dishes..dare I say (gasp!) crock pot dishes! My mind is will, but my flesh is weak. So I’d like to do some things that are yummy for my family where there isn’t much time or clean up involved. (I’m sick most of the time and I’ve got a little one!) Thanks for asking for our input! So exicted for you! I’ve got your books on my Christmas wish list!!! :)

  12. Lynne Young says:

    I am so excited for you Sherry! I wish for you many Blessings with this magazine. I know anyone who reads it will be Blessed. I was also excited to see that Jacinda will have a column in the magazine. How exciting for her and everyone who reads it! I personally can’t wait!

    What would I like to see? Let’s see, perhaps tidbits on how to keep food costs down for those of us who are not able to grow a garden. Oh, and something I’m sure would be unique to the Amish – cooking for 2 – 4 people.

    There is one other thing that I personally would like to see. Words of wisdom from the elderly. They have the experience and wisdom we can all learn from.

    Thank you Sherry for doing this. You, and Chris with her beautiful pictures, and all the others who make this magazine a reality, will enrich many lives.

  13. Angie Emmert says:

    I am SO excited for everyone who is involved in this wonderful project!

  14. Kae Catalano says:

    Sherry, Sherry, Sherry!!!! I am THRILLED to see the cover! I am sure Jacinda has given this cover a BIG thumbs up, considering her love of horses…..it is just so beautiful. Chris did a great job!

    I am saving my pennies, hoping to get a subscription in by November 15. I have a certain Amish friend I would love to win a subscription for!

    As to what I think would be good in the magazine are little tips for “make your own”. I thought this up this morning as I considered making spaghetti and meatballs for dinner tonight…..I refuse to spend money on store-bought Italian bread crumbs when they can be easily whipped up in a food processor in a matter of seconds. I also make my own treats for my Scotties (hey, they are “family” too, after all!) so they can enjoy homemade, too!

    God has blessed you beyond measure….May He continue to do so as you seek after Him!!!!

  15. Dianna Bupp says:

    Oh Sherry!

    How exciting!!!! I can imagine you are jumping for joy down there in Sarasota, and rightfully so!!!! I don’t cook a lot, but think this magazine is really going to be a hit and look forward to articles on just about anything you care to share with us! Yes, I agree with Lynne Young, and would love to have bits of wisdom from the Amish women (and men) and just think the whole thing will be great! You know I am your “friend” on Facebook and always look forward to hearing what is going on in your life!

    God bless!!!!

  16. Marie Ferland says:

    Congratulations Sherry!! I wish you God’s blessings on this new endeavour. It’s sure to be a hit!!

  17. Shaun Paulsen says:

    Congratulations, Sherry, on your new magazine. I can’t wait to get my copy in December.

    I agree with Susan on easy dishes. I work during the day so by the time I get home I want something easy and quick for dinner. Also, it would be nice to see something easy to make with my two granddaughters. I make donuts when they spend the night and they love to help me decorate them with chocolate, sprinkles and powdered sugar. They also help me make brownies and muffins by adding ingredients or stirring the ingredients together. I love spending time with them in the kitchen making things. I hope it’s something they will remember.

    Good luck with the magazine.

  18. Karla Hanns says:

    Congratulations, Sherry!! Sounds marvellous. I will have to investigate the cost of a subscription sent to Canada- I just worry that it get here safely. Our mail system tends to be slow- Got a book from Barbara Cameron- took a month to get here.
    The magazine looks like a dream!!

  19. BethRusso says:

    CONGRATS – I’m so happy for you because I remember when you were first starting this and couldn’t even tell us all the details. I bet that was torture keeping all the good news inside. Let’s see for a future issue, I’d like to see maybe an article or even a monthly idea for “food gifts” – things like cute ways to package a food gift or easy food to give as gifts (maybe teacher gifts, a homebound person, a congrats gift, etc.). Can’t wait for my first issue!

  20. Bonnie Beers says:

    Absolutely love the story about how this magazine has come about. God surely works in mysterious ways. My grandmother used to make a pie with potatoes and sausage that was then covered in sausage gravy. I would love to find a recipe for that. I’m really looking forward to this magazine. My family loves when I get in the kitchen and make traditional Amish food for them. Getting the magazine for me will be like a gift to them :)

  21. Gail Bates says:

    Congratulations on your new endeavor of love!!! I can feel your excitement through the page!!!! I would love to see anything you have to offer….I love to bake for Christmas gifts, so that would be a great thing to see…. gifts you bake…..
    Best of luck. I look forward to seeing what you put together!!
    Gail Bates

  22. Laura Hilton says:

    Congratulations on seeing this come together and your cookbook is awesome. My God bless your continued work.

  23. Sherry says:

    I’m so excited for you! Praying God’s richest blessing on your endeavors! Looking forward to your magazine. {{{Hugs}}}

  24. All I can say is THANK YOU for including me on this wonderful project! I am so happy for you that it is all coming together!

  25. JoEllen McNeil says:

    Clap, Clap. Clap!!!! It is so beautiful and makes me think of Shannon. I can’t wait for the magazine. Your cannon continues to explode. I’m so happy for you and a little bit jealous for the time you’ll be spending with Suzanne. God has made you a very special friend. {{{{Hugs}}}}

  26. JoEllen McNeil says:

    Shannon in the wild west and Jacinda that is :)

  27. Ruby Hudson says:

    So very, very happy for my sweet friend, Sherry! You are one of the most remarkable women I know and I’m thrilled for all the exciting things coming your way! I ordered my subscription and can’t wait for it to arrive!

    I’d like to see “healthy” recipes, with ways to make meals to make that are good for you, without sacrificing taste and texture. :)

    Love you!

  28. I would love to see recipes for picky eaters! Unfortunately for me, my husband and my 5 year old son are extremely picky. My dad was a chef, so I am feeling real tired of the same go to meals I have.

  29. Connie Kiers says:

    Your new magazine looks great. Can subscriptions be sent to Canada? And if so, what is the cost for a year?

  30. Sherry says:

    Connie, all ordering and subscription information is posted on the website, here. Click on BOOKS, then Cooking & Such, and it will be listed there. Thank you!

  31. Mary Brown says:

    Congratulations Sherry! I am so thrilled that you have completed another one of your books. I am also so very happy to have you as a friend. You are a Wunderbar Madel.. I hope that’s the right term.. If not You are a Wonderful woman to know. Congrats again. Your friend Mary Brown

  32. lORETTA SHUMPERT says:

    I would like to see a column of “helpful tips–things that are useful for other things,
    than what it is commomly known for”. Not what people have read, but what they have
    tried and KNOW works.

    i.e. If you have a squeaky door, spray the hinges with cooking
    spray, it will eliminate most, if not all, of the noise.

  33. Mary Weaver says:

    I would love to have a section of how to make the food more attractive from the stove to the table. Can’t wait for December for the first issue.

  34. Cheryl G says:

    I live in Lancaster County, PA and have Amish neighbors. One of my best friends had just purchased a retirement home in Ocala, FL, when her birthday rolled around. I found your cookbook for sale at our local Good’s Store and thought it would be the perfect present for my dear friends who grew up on a farm herself. Thus, I found your facebook site and today came across your new magazine post! I am off to explore a subscription right now! Wonderful good cooking!!!!

  35. Denise lusby says:

    I just subscribed!!! So excited!!! Not sure what your first magazine might have that we’d want to add to – but I’m hoping there’s lots of general writing from you (the “such” perhaps?) :) I know your website has a lot of it, but perhaps more general information about Amish, Beachy, Mennonite communities, variances and most importantly etiquette. I know I’ll be one of many in your readership who don’t fall into any of those faiths but want to understand more! Maybe info on tourism too…where to go for the best dishes and also what’s frowned upon or too intrusive for visitors. A write-in advice section? For cooking, homemaking – or even general Godly advice. You wear so many hats I’d love to hear what you have to say about all of them! I came to this website via your Facebook page…which I believe I first heard of from Wanda Brunstetter’s page! Congratulations again and God bless you and your family!

  36. Denise lusby says:

    I thought of something else – that you probably already have…a book review section. You have so many other writer friends – love to hear what’s up and coming and what you think of it!

  37. Jane Foard Thompson says:

    I love your cookbook, and didn’t want it to end. How great it is to learn you’ll be treating the world on a monthly basis!

    Hopefully, you’ll include more wonderful anecdotes along with the recipes, as you did in your book. I’ve already sent in a subscription for the Pinecraft Pauper, and will be clicking above to subsribe to the magazine.

  38. Jane Foard Thompson says:

    Whoops! When I clicked on Books, I read the magazine description more throughly. So we have to content ourselves with quarterly treats.
    Still a blessing.

  39. Lynn Brokaw says:

    Sherry, I am so happy for you, the blessings that you receive and give, by sharing with us. I have always believed in callings….and it seems that yours is to spread news in a variety of ways, as you also spread friendship, joy and love.
    My addition would be a small note of what might occur on the farm at that time of the year. For instance, Christmas…held on Dec. 25 or in January? And spring planting…etc.
    In any case, congrats, and loving hugs!!

  40. Pam Gentry says:

    I came to your site from an invite from you on my Facebook. I had never heard of you but I love your website, ideas & writing. Would think it would be great to see slowcooker easy ideas for just 2 or 4 people or slowcooker desserts.

  41. Karen Kuhn says:

    How exciting! I read the review on the blog Pinecraft-Sarasota. I’m hooked. I just purchased a subscription which I am going to donate to my Library. I’d like to see healthy, easy recipes for beginners. Helpful hints on cleaning and being nearer to God.

  42. I just finished reading my copy of Cindy Woodsmall’s book “The Christmas Singing.” After tears at the last paragraph, I turn the page and there I find the recipes for the mouth-watering wedding cakes I read about earlier in the book! I looked for your book, “An Amish Bride’s Kitchen,” and found your site with “preorder information coming soon.” Then!! I found the information of the magazine in the contest information above. I placed my order right away! I have friends in mind that will love it, too, and hope I win the gift subscription for them!
    Suggestions for Cooking & Such ~ adventures in Plain Living magazine! My husband has been wanting a recipe for Green Tomato Mincemeat the way his mother made “with green tomato, citrin and I don’t know what else,” he says. I agree with wanting wisdom from those who have lived it, and I especially would like a quilting corner!! I love scrappy ***stars***.
    Now over to Facebook to find you!! P.S. Bring on the cookies!! I hope they find their way to my door!

  43. Michelle Durben says:

    Congratulations! You really have a way with words. I can’t wait to read this magazine! I want to see everything in the magazine especially the food:)

  44. Linda says:

    Good for you, Sherry! I’m so happy your dream came true.

  45. Krystyna Gonzalez says:

    God ways are so amazing!! I’m glad that God is making your dreams become a reality. One thing I would like to see in the magazine is the history behind the featured topics. Learning about the history makes me even more interested. :) God bless!

  46. Beautiful! thanks for sharing…

  47. Gina says:

    I am so looking forward to the magazine, especially the food. As a mom of 4 children, I love to cook from the heart.

  48. Lori Preddice says:

    I just finished reading Cindy Woodsmalls book The Christmas Singing (Which I Loved) and came across your cake recipes at the end. I never had heard of you prior to that (My loss) but I’m so glad I discovered you now. I’ve always been so fascinated in yor way of life and I’m always reading whatever books I can find on it. I love to bake and to find cookbooks and magazines from you is so exciting! In you new magazine I’d love to see any baked goods with Chocolate (Brownies…). I’d love to be entered in contest #1 to win those delicious cookies!
    Being someone who struggled with Anorexia for most of her life it’s so nice to be able to enjoy good food now. I was near death and God Blessed me with my life so I’m going to embrace it with all the pleasures of the world. Thankyou for being such a Blessing to the world and sharing your talents with us. God Bless you always.

  49. Kim says:

    So glad to hear the magazine is coming out! Hopefully I can get a first issue – but we’ll always look forward to whoopie pies recipes!!