Mary Ellis – Recipes for Romance – Part 2 of 2

Shannon here: Amish romance author, Mary Ellis shares a few Amish recipes plus a chance to win a copy of her latest release, A Plain Man. Comment on any post dated April 2 – 4 to enter the drawing. Deadline: April 12th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Mary:

A Plain Man by Mary EllisMary Ellis

Recipes from A Plain Man

Jessie’s Secret Recipe Four Bean Salad

Combine in large bowl:

1 can green beans

(note: all beans can be either home-canned or store-bought)

1 can yellow beans (wax beans)

1 can kidney beans (light red or dark)

1 can garbanzo beans

1 cup chopped celery

1 cup chopped carrots

1 cup chopped peppers-sweet (green, red or yellow or combination)

½ cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped black olives (optional)

Add only enough dressing (recipe below) to lightly coat salad, then chill in refrigerator several hours or overnight. Before serving, if desired, drain off any runny dressing and add fresh. (1 or 2 tablespoons, or to taste)


2 cups oil (I prefer olive)

1 1/3 cups cider vinegar

2 cups sugar

2 1/2 tsp. OldBay seasoning

2 tsp. prepared mustard

1 tsp. celery seed

1 tsp. Hungarian paprika

1 tsp. parsley (fresh or dried)

Heat oil and vinegar together, stirring in sugar and seasonings. Heat only until sugar is completely dissolved and seasonings are blended. Do not boil. Let cool and stored in a sealed jar in the refrigerator to use as needed. Shake well before using. This can be used on coleslaw and lettuce or spinach salad too.

Author’s note: I never make this recipe the same way twice, so play around with the quantities (celery etc.) or types of peppers, etc. to suit your taste.

Rosie’s Favorite Breakfast Casserole by Rosanna Coblentz

Melt 2 Tbls Butter in a skillet and add 4 cups of hash brown potatoes and season with Lawry’s salt to taste

Scramble about 18 eggs (add a small amount of milk and salt before cooking)

2 lbs bulk sausage – sauté until brown and crumbly. Add a small amount of Lawry’s salt while sautéing.

Take ½ of cooked sausage – to it add 1 can of mushroom soup and fill the can with milk and mix together with sausage….heat mixture until well mixed.

Layer in a 9 x 9 x 3 inch pan…In the bottom place the hash browns then layer scrambled eggs and sausage, then add sausage gravy on top and bake on 350 degrees for until bubbly then add 2 cups of a finely shredded cheese of your choice (cheddar, etc.) continue to bake until cheese has melted.

This recipe can be prepared the day before and refrigerated overnight, then baked….you’ll need to add a little extra baking time.

About Mary: Mary Ellis has written twelve bestselling novels set in the Amish community. Before “retiring” to write full-time, Mary taught school and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate. Living in Harmony, book one of her last series won the 2012 Lime Award for Excellence in Amish Fiction. Love Comes to Paradise won the 2013 Lime Award. She is currently working on a three-book series of historical romances set during the Civil War for Harvest House Publishers. The Quaker and the Rebel released in January. Her current release is A Plain Man. She and her husband live in central Ohio, where they try to live a simpler style of life. Learn more and connect: http://,,!/pages/Mary-Ellis/126995058236

 About the book – A Plain Man:

The Prodigal Comes Home

Though Caleb Beachy tried the Englisch world for some years, he is a Plain man at heart. But when he decides to return to the Amish lifestyle, he discovers there’s more to embracing his faith and reconnecting with the community than merely driving a horse and buggy and giving up his Levis.

Josie Yoder was just a girl when he left. All grown up now, she gives Caleb hope for the future and reminds him that while his faith may have wavered, God never left his side. But will past mistakes end up destroying their fledgling romance before it really has a chance to begin?

Delight in the story of a wounded heart finding joy, health, and healing in God’s infinite grace.

Come back April 7th to help me celebrate my new release – Rodeo Song!


12 Responses to “Mary Ellis – Recipes for Romance – Part 2 of 2”

  • angela chesnut says:

    would love to win.

  • Thanks for the giveaway and the recipes–I’ll have to try that four-bean salad. I also saw that you were a Hershey’s sales representative at one point. Anything having to do with Hershey’s sounds fun…lol. 🙂

  • Donna DeBoard says:

    Thank you for the recipes and the giveaways and contests. Good Luck to everyone.
    God Bless Donna

  • Katie J. says:

    Thanks for the recipes and giveaway!

  • Judy B says:

    Thanks for the recipes Mary! I would love to try Rosie’s Favorite Breakfast Casserole. Sounds yummy and easy to make.

    Thanks for the giveaway. I am a big fan of Mary’s books!

    Judy B

  • Thank you for sharing these wonderful recipes and generous giveaway!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

  • Melanie Backus says:

    Thank you so much for the recipes. I am a recipe collector from way back! I am keeping my fingers crossed for this wonderful book.

    melback at cebridge dot net

  • Emma says:

    I am looking forward to reading A PLAIN MAN. Thank you for the opportunity to win.Have a wonderful weekend.I enjoy reading your books.

  • chris granville says:

    Thank u for the interview and the recipes
    God bless u
    Chris G

  • Karen G says:

    Looking forward to reading A Plain Man. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

  • Merry says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway and the yummy recipes. I would like to try making the bean salad for a church pot luck.

  • stvannatter says:

    I have a winner! Donna DeBoard won the drawing. I appreciate Mary for being my guest and everyone else for stopping by.

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