Last night's episode specifically said (it was printed at the bottom of the screen while they cooked turkey bacon) that they don't eat pork as part of their religious beliefs. I had not heard of that before. I wonder if it is new. I agree about the hash brown casserole- we tried it once and it was too gross and unhealthy for us. But, I think they got that recipe from Weight Watchers, because it is a big WW thing from long ago and Michelle has been a member for a long time.
I also feel like I had seen the boys in shorts and them eating pork in the past. I wonder if they are actually getting stricter in their beliefs. They have really modernized the way they look and dress, but maybe they are adding more rules to other areas as they go on. JimBob said that they decided against wearing shorts after they read not to show their thighs in the Old Testament. Maybe they are picking up new rules as they read as a family and discuss it.
As for gardening, there was an episode where a church friend started a garden on their land and they shared the vegies. I don't know if that is still going on, but they don't seem to be into canning or anything like that. Considering how much they love pickles, they should give it a try. I tried to make pickles once, but I didn't like how they came out. A jar of Vlasic is cheap and less hassle, and tastes better than the ones I made. But, those Duggar girls can probably do a better job than I could and their family actually eat a LOT of pickles.
I agree that all of these things are not worrisome or as important as their seeming lack of education and their passing the kids off to the girls, but I just found it interesting.
Debb - crack me up on the church bulletin thing!