Sweet & Sour Four-Bean Salad by Charlotte Hubbard

This is another one of my mom’s recipes, and I always looked forward to family gatherings when she served it. Amish cooks (and Mom and I) use a pint jar of home-canned green and wax beans for each can in the recipe. A great way to get your veggies—and it keeps several days in the fridge.

1/3 cup canola or salad oil
1 tsp. each salt and celery seed
Black pepper to taste
2/3 cup white vinegar
¾ cup sugar
1 onion, chopped
1 red or green bell pepper, diced
1 15-oz. can yellow wax beans
1 15-oz. can green beans
1 15-oz. can red kidney beans
1 15-oz. can garbanzo beans
1 15-oz. can whole kernel corn (optional)

In a large bowl, mix the oil, seasonings, vinegar and sugar. Add the onion and bell pepper. Drain the canned vegetables and stir into the dressing, coating well. Refrigerate, stirring after several hours. Best made the day ahead.


Faith, tenderness, security—there’s nothing a mother won’t give. Now beloved author Charlotte Hubbard brings you an unforgettable tale of hope, courage, discovery…and the most precious gift of all.

For widow Rose Raber, it’s been a year of tragic loss and difficult decisions. She thought providing for her young daughter was the greatest challenge she faced. Until her dying mother revealed that Rose was adopted—and her birth mother is someone with much to lose if the secret comes out. As Rose struggles to reconcile the truth with her faith—and her troubling curiosity—outgoing newcomer Matthias Wagler is another surprise she didn’t expect. His optimism and easy understanding inspires her. And his prospective partnership with wealthy deacon Saul Hartzler promises a possible new life for them—together. But with this second chance comes yet another revelation for all involved.

When Saul’s wife unexpectedly turns up at Rose’s new job, their bond as mother and daughter is instant and unmistakable. And it isn’t long before an unforgiving Saul discovers the truth, threatening Matthias’s livelihood and Rose’s future. Now with more than just their happiness at stake, Rose and Matthias must find the strength and courage to stand strong—and trust God’s enduring miracles of motherhood, forgiveness, and love.

Praise for Charlotte Hubbard and the Seasons of the Heart series

“Hubbard writes Amish stories with style and grace.” —RT Book Reviews

“These very special books will sit proudly on my keeper shelf!” —Romance Reviews Today

“Another great book centered around the Sweet Seasons Café.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

“Those who enjoy a glimpse of the culture will find the story appealing.” –-Publishers Weekly

“A compelling story about a family in upheaval and a woman looking for strength. There is a sweet romance, a bit of mystery and plenty of tension. There’s also a bonus section of delicious looking recipes!” —The News and Sentinel