Category Archives: Food

The Year in Candy

Being the studious type, when I was pregnant with Jie-jie I read my way through the pregnancy, childbirth, and child development sections of the Public Library. I read somewhere (Sears and Sears, The Baby Book, I think) that if during pregnancy and … Continue reading

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The return of the fruit bowl

When we arrived at our new apartment in Sweden, we were welcomed by a houseplant and a bowl of fruit – oranges, apples, bananas and a pineapple in a simple, shallow wooden bowl. I would say that, of all the … Continue reading

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Morning fruit

One of the best things about Montpelier, Vermont is the fact that I can walk into the State House to attend a bill hearing and, armed with an opinion and some data, help shape the way governance happens in Vermont. … Continue reading

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Summer’s Bounty

High summer is upon us. The Central Vermont summer food scene is a dream. The area farm, Wellspring, to which we subscribe is starting to produce real bounty. Our neighbors are in Greece for a few weeks. We’re helping out … Continue reading

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Last day of school, korv (hot dog), and fikakorg (picnic basket)

Jie-jie’s skolavslutning was this morning. For the last few weeks we have  been receiving increasingly detailed notes about the end-of-the-year festivities. The most recent one arrived last week. I didn’t bother typing the announcement into google translate because it seemed … Continue reading

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Taste of Maine: Whoopie Pies

Last week I was looking for some baking supplies in order to make Mei-mei’s birthday cake. I was surprised to discover that the bake shop had an entire display devoted to whoopie pies – right here in Småland, Sweden! I … Continue reading

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Taste of Sweden: Lakrits (licorice)

People in Sweden love their licorice. They have licorice flavored liquor, chocolate bars with bits of hard licorice candy mixed in, and licorice flavored gummis and Swedish fish. Many licorice candies are available in the different flavors of sweet, sour … Continue reading

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Turning 5

Today we had Mei-mei’s 5th birthday. We had presents before a special breakfast of pancakes. Then downtown for our typical Saturday stroll/shop/lunch. We also picked up fixings for the birthday dinner: miso soup, oshitashi, and several types of sushi. For … Continue reading

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Taste of Sweden: Pizza

Perhaps there are already some very nice blogs and coffee table books that showcase pizzas of the world. If not, there ought to be. Perhaps when I have completed my own project on old doors and old door hardware, I … Continue reading

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Sweet tooth in Sweden

With less than a month and a half before a glorious summer in Vermont, I am beginning to realize that I have done a poor job talking about things that are different and interesting here in Växjö, Småland, Sweden. Sorry. … Continue reading

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