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A sweet way to get together

Original post made on Dec 8, 2012

Growing up in Berkeley, Karin Thorne always looked forward to the days leading up to Christmas when the family gathered to honor their Norwegian roots — and make cookies. Lots of cookies.

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Posted by annette nicholls
a resident of another community
on Dec 8, 2012 at 2:46 am

It is JUST like it was when I grew up in Copenhagen. The smells of Christmas never leave one. The getting together as a family (and friends) is SO much part of Christmas.I had to smile over the Fattigmads bakkelse. Could not have been too bad being poor in those days. The ingredients are amazing!!!
Tradition is wonderful, keep it up!!!
Annette Nicholls (Australia)


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Posted by Brit
a resident of Palo Verde
on Dec 8, 2012 at 8:18 am

It is mince pies for me. Bite sized pastries with deliciousness filling the insides. Warm with a glass of port left for Father Christmas is the tradition, but in every get together throughout the month of December they would appear. I do make my own and I can't make enough to satisfy my family's cravings, I give them as gifts and take them to events. But I miss being offered them everywhere I go. Sighhhhhhhhhh. Getting the mincemeat is part of the problem, the black Crosse & Blackwell mainly apple and raisin with too much cinnamon and not enough other spices is just not the same.


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Posted by Lachie
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 9, 2012 at 7:07 pm

We spent one Christmas in Scotland eight years ago, and since then, it is mince pies and mince tarts for us, too. Nothing like a mince tarte while sitting 'round the .

My husband, though, is half Swiss, so for him it is Linzer Torte, that thin raspberry pie with the shortbread crust. Wonderful with some hot mulled wine.


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