The Amish Cook column continues to be one of the last remaining widely published, self-syndicated newspaper columns and that’s because of you and the newspaper you are reading this in. A huge thank you to both! A great debt is owed to the newspaper running this column and for allowing us to reach out to readers.

The Amish Cook column is like the proverbial cat with nine-lives. Do we have a 10th somewhere? Readers can decide. The Amish Cook column continues to be moving toward a time when reliance on readers for its direct survival will lessen. Highlights coming include the late-year release of my first full-length Amish-themed novel titled Abraham’s Redemption (previously entitled "The Appeal"). Super supporters can order today. Lovina has read a draft and enjoyed it and has been very supportive of my shift to fiction.  We’ve also been drawing record crowds to the newly designed Amishcookonline and with it building advertising revenue. I’m more optimistic than ever about the column’s medium and long-term prospects. The short term period, however, is among the most challenging for the column that I’ve seen in my 20 years (and that is saying a lot) which is why we are reopening The Amish Cook Friend Club in 2012. A little reader support now will keep this column publishing through the rest of 2012. This membership drive is staying open through May 4.

Joining The Amish Cook Friend Club is a fun way to keep the column publishing. There are several levels of support that you can offer to the column:

1. Basic one-year membership, $10:  thank you note and recipe for "marriage meatloaf."

2. One-year silver, $25: thank you note and a packet of 25 unpublished recipes from The Amish Cook recipe archives.

3. One-year gold, $50 all of the above, plus an 8-by-10 photo of a suppertime scene at Lovina’s and a copy of The Amish Recipe Project Cookbook.

4. Super supporter, $100:  all of the above, plus a complimentary copy of Abraham’s Redemption when it is released.

You can join in three ways, send payment to Oasis Newfeatures, PO Box 157, Middletown, Ohio 45042, go online at www.oasisnewsfeatures.com/friendclub or call 1-800-224-3032. 

Memberships can be sent to: Oasis Newsfeatures, P.O. Box 2144, Middletown, Ohio 45042. Allow two to four weeks for delivery of thank you notes and recipes.   

This is a recipe Lovina wanted to share with readers this week. Her column will return next week in its usual format:

Place eggs in bottom of a casserole dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drain asparagus, reserving one cup of juice. Place drained asparagus on top of eggs. In a saucepan melt the butter and then mix in flour. Add 1 cup milk and 1/2 cup asparagus juice. As mixture begins to thicken add the rest of the asparagus juice and continue to stir until mixture thickens. Pour the thick sauce over the eggs and asparagus. Sprinkle cheese on top. Add bread crumbs. Bake at 400 or until bread crumbs are toasted.