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Recipe Post: Written in Love by Kathleen Fuller

Written in LovePhoebe, the main character in my latest release, Written in Love, loves to cook. Jalon, the man she strikes up a pen pal relationship with, loves to eat. His favorite meal is Hunan Beef. Not exactly an Amish staple, but the Amish do enjoy eating types of cuisines other than the typical home style meals found in Amish cookbooks. Here’s a recipe for Hunan Beef, plus another recipe for sugar cookies that is more typically Amish. Enjoy!

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Hunan Beef

Recipe courtesy of China Sichuan Food
Note from Kathleen: If you don’t have a wok, you can use a large frying pan.

Hunan style beef stir fry–a classic and popular Chinese beef stir fry recipe


• 200g beef tenderloin
• 2 long green peppers
• 3 long red peppers
• ½ cup pickled yellow pepper
• 1 cup of celery
• 2 garlic cloves, chopped
• 1 thumb ginger, chopped
• ¼ teaspoon baking soda (can be used for tendering the meat, optional)
• small pinch of salt
• 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
• 3 tablespoons cooking oil

Marinating sauce:

• 1 tablespoon cooking wine
• 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
• 1 tablespoon starch
• small pinch of salt
• pinch of pepper
• ½ tablespoon sesame oil


1. Cut beef into thin slices (as thin as possible). If you are not skilled at cutting, freeze the beef for around 10 or 15 minutes before cutting.
2. Transfer beef into a large bowl and then add cooking wine, light soy sauce, starch, salt and pepper. Mix generally and them add sesame oil. Combine everything well. Set aside for 15 minutes.
3. Prepare all the side ingredients, cut peppers, celery, garlic and ginger.
4. Heat up cooking oil in wok until really hot and then fry the beef slices for around 30 seconds. Transfer out.
5. Return the extra oil to wok, fry garlic, ginger and all the peppers until aroma. Add celery and sprinkle a pinch of salt too. Return beef, add light soy sauce and give a quick fry. Transfer and serve with steamed rice immediately.

Amish Sugar Cookies:

Recipe courtesy of Taste of Home

• 1 cup butter, softened
• 1 cup vegetable oil
• 1 cup sugar
• 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
• 2 large eggs
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon cream of tartar


1. In a large bowl, beat the butter, oil and sugars. Beat in eggs until well blended. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar; gradually add to creamed mixture.
2. Drop by small teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 5 dozen.

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