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2/1/12 2:57 A

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Hello MAGALIRAIN...and welcome! (a bit late on my part)

I am so glad to have you on the team! I live here in Norway and find your comments about Sweden really interesting. I agree with you about the unprocessed food over here. There is hardly any premade items in the grocery store in comparison with the US. We have frozen fish things like gratins and such but that section on the grocery store is really small. There is hardly any fast food as well...and what we do have is expensive. Going to Burger King is about the equvalent of 50 USD for two adults and two small children...needless to say we don't do it!

Anyway, I have been to one of Marcus Samuelsson's restaraunts when Aquavit was in Minneapolis. It was great but a long time ago. I would love to eat his food again to see how he has progressed. I am a fan of his for sure!

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1/11/12 3:18 P

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Hi... thanks for the welcome. Glad to hear you're a Marcus Samuelsson fan, as well. He seems like a really good person on top of being incredibly talented. Swedish/Scandinavian food is really interesting. It is very subtle, not a lot of spices, but very precise spices, even in casual, everyday food. If you compare it to more well known casual Italian food, you can characterize the Italian version of peasant food as rustic, whereas the Swedish version is casual, simple, but still elegant somehow. I really miss Sweden. I ate a ton there, and lot of dairy products (they have the most amazing cheeses and yogurts), root vegetables, and meat, but still weighed 20 lbs less than my baseline weight was in the US when I was that age. It's all whole, ethically produced food, and I think that has a lot to do with it. And like most other countries, they don't overeat like we do. I also think their sweets are richer, but less sweet than ours. Scandinavian food may be an acquired taste, and I understand why it doesn't appeal to lots of people with palates used to the diversity of food in the US and Canada. But I still love it. :-)

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1/9/12 9:33 P

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Welcome aboard! This is a great team!

I love Alton Brown. I'm going to have to check into that diet.

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1/9/12 4:51 P

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Hi. Glad you have joined us. This is a great team.

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1/9/12 4:49 P

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Welcome to the group! You sound like so many of us with champagne tastes and beer budgets. Luckily we seem to all enjoy creating what we can at home.

I'd love to eat at one of Samuelsson's restaurants as well! The gourmet twist on what is otherwise peasant food is interesting to me. The cuisine lends itself well to it, I just find it somewhat funny. It's very simple food and has traditionally been lightly spiced. Cardamom is the one spice that is used with a heavy hand, it seems. That is certainly exotic and probably has an interesting history! Hmm ... might be a fun thing to research. :)

I'm having fun playing with sourdough rye breads when I have the time.

I'm sure you'll find a lot of support here. What is your new dream? :D



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1/9/12 4:13 P

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Hi! I used to work in professional kitchens, and I miss my work a lot, but had to give it up for another dream I'm chasing... But, I still love fine dining. I don't have a lot of cash on hand to spend at really great restaurants, so I live vicariously through restaurant reviews and other food writing. My culinary bucket list includes a trip to eat at one of Marcus Samuelsson's Swedish restaurants. I lived in Sweden for a bit and love Scandinavian food.

Eating at home, I focus on simple, whole ingredients. I'm losing weight using Alton Brown's 4 List structure as well as counting calories and tracking calories used in workouts. I'd love to meet other folks on SP, whether you're around my age (30), my gender (female), have the same range of weight to lose (50-100 lbs), or not. I'd love to hear about some of your favorite food writing, dining experiences, favorite dishes to make at home, or anything else you'd like to share.

Thanks for reading, and best of luck to you all.

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