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Project New Food: Ligonberries

I didn't expect to have any more of these entries this year, but I was at someone's house, and they served lignonberries. I must admit, had I not been told, I would have assumed it was whole berry cranberry sauce except that the berries did seem a little smaller. And the taste was finer, not sweeter exactly but certainly more delicious.

I've known about lignonberries for a long time, but, knowing they were Scandinavian, it never occurred to me to look for them in a local grocery store. Turns out Harris-Teeter has them and at least one other (possibly Kroeger).

They're commonly made into jam or preserves (and the preserves are often used as a sauce, for example, on pancakes). They also go well with roast meat. If you like cranberries, you'll love these. If you don't like cranberries, you might find these more palatable so if anyone ever offers you any, give them a try.

These go a long way in redeeming Sweden for foisting lutefisk on the world.

ERA: I threw an extra "n" into ligonberries. I corrected it in the subject line, but I know I won't find all instances in the text so I left that alone.
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It's Sugar!

It's Sugar is the name of a candy store next to the theatre where my husband works. (It's also truth in advertising, if you ask me.) He came home earlier in the week carrying a It's Sugar bag full of Peeps. I knew they were expanding their holiday reach beyond Easter. I didn't realize they were going for total Christmas domination.

Seriously. There were gingerbread Peeps, shaped and flavored like the cookies (pretty good, actually); white chicks, much like the yellow Easter Peeps, only dipped in chocolate; brown Peeps shaped like mooseheads (Chocolate Mousse; haven't tried them yet); and more or less standard Peeps only shaped like snowmen. I also saw, in another store, Peeps shaped like Christmas trees and completely coated in chocolate.

Oh, my, my. I guess I can really worry when they bring out pink, pig-shaped Peeps for New Year's.
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A Winter's (Solstice) Tale (or Three)

When seeking out a song or poem for the Winter Solstice, I stumbled across this:


I was charmed and fascinated because hithertofore I had never thought of combining Judaism and the solstice. Nor had I ever heard much about an earth-based tradition in Judaism (though I certainly knew there was a mystic strain). And never, never had I heard Levithan connected with the solstice. For some reason, that just tickles me. This also makes me feel a little better about skidding through Hannukah this year with barely a nod.

May you find some time and space during the longest night for a prayer for the earth.

Oy gevalt

My e-mail's been out for the better part of two days now. It's going to be mammoth whenb I finally do get it.

I failed to note the start of Hannukah and now it's ending.

Hubby decided not even to try to go to work today. (He worked a couple of hours yesterday before giving it up.) He's been resting up and watching cheesy Christmas movies on TV.
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Roll up!

Wow, man. Groovy. Way out.

PBS aired "Magical Mystery Tour" tonight. For those of you not "born a long, long time ago" like me, it's a TV special The Beatles did circa 1968. (Or at least it ran on TV in the U.S.) For all I know it's been widely available on DVD, but I had never seen it since the original airing. I was curious to see if it was as...odd as I thought I remembered it.

Pretty much. It's not long on plot. Or logic. Though in some ways it's a little more cohesive than I remembered. It's kind of like a long (almost an hour) form video. My husband guessed that it was "an excuse to sell Beatles records, like they needed one," but I think it was more along the lines of an experiment. I saw the Apple logo in the end credits, and IIRC one of the intentions in starting up Apple was to have an outlet for various artistic experimentations.

Whatever. It also strongly resembled an LSD trip. Not that I've ever had an LSD trip, but from what I've read about them it could qualify if your trip included lots of quality music and some British humor. And what the frick? "Death Cab For Cutie" is a song? I'm going to want to research it but sounded like it would fit in the psychobilly school.)

Speaking of LSD trips, for some truly psychedelic synchronicity, MMT aired (timewise) after an episode of "Fringe" wherein Walter dropped acid. It's not the first time he's done that, but I think this is the most we've seen of the results/effects. I particularly liked the segment featuring Pythonesque animation. And Donovan on the soundtrack singing "Hurdy Gurdy Man" (just a few weeks after we were treated to an extended selection from David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold The World.")

Peace, man. Good love everywhere.
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