One of the greatest things about writing Amish mysteries like Murder, Handcrafted is taste-testing all the Amish food, especially the desserts, so I can accurately describe in my novels. However since I’m a vegetarian and have been one since I was a teenager, there not much in the Amish daily diet that I can eat. They are very much and meat and potatoes food culture. Even so, I found a few recipes that I can enjoy, and one those is Amish macaroni salad.

Here’s the recipe for you just in time for all your summer gatherings! Enjoy!




2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

3 hardboiled eggs, chopped

2 cups Miracle Whip

3 tablespoons yellow mustard

2 1/4 teaspoons white vinegar

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon celery seed

1 onion, chopped

4 stalks celery, chopped

1 small bell pepper, seeded and chopped

5 sweet pickles, chopped


  1. Boil, drain, and cool macaroni.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together all other ingredients and then add cooked macaroni. Cover and chill before serving




USA Today bestselling author Isabella Alan is the pen name for Agatha Award winning mystery author, Amanda Flower. Amanda started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. Amanda is a librarian in Northeast Ohio. MURDER, HANDCRAFTED is her newest release. www.amandaflower.com