Jul: Swedish American Holiday Traditions (Paperback)
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From sm rg sbord and St. Lucia processions to Christmas Eve gatherings with dear family and friends, Swedish American holiday traditions are linked through the generations by a legacy of meatballs and lutfisk. Christmas traditions, particularly those involving food, often honor those who came before us. Throughout the Midwest where Swedish immigrants settled, the dishes placed on the julbord (Christmas table) tell stories about who we are, where we come from, and where we are heading. In exploring these holiday customs in Jul: Swedish American Holiday Traditions, Patrice Johnson begins with her own family's Christmas Eve gathering and the combination of culinary traditions celebrated there: allspice-scented meatballs, Norwegian lefse served Swedish style (warm with butter), and the American interloper, macaroni and cheese. Just as she tracks down the meanings behind why her family celebrates as it does, she reaches into the lives and histories of other Swedish Americans with their own stories, their own versions of traditional recipes, their own joys of the season. The result is a fascinating exploration of the Swedish holiday calendar and its American translation. Featuring more than 100 recipes, dishes include yellow pea soup ( rtsoppa) and Swedish pancakes (Svenska pl ttar); assorted Swedish cookies like pepparkakor, rosettes, and meringues; meatballs with pickled cucumber; the julh g, a breakfast pyramid of bread, cheese, fruit, and cookies; and so much more. Come, raise a glass of punsch, hear tell of holidays past, snack on cardamom bread, and celebrate jul the midwestern way.