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How can I best say “I love you”??

Well in my husbands case, It works very well with just giving him his favorite food.

He is such an easy guy to please. Everybody who knows him knows that lobster does it all the time. But if I want to “umph it up” just a little bit more, I just add some more shellfish or seafood.

And in true style, I made a large (…or rather grand) seafood platter for two.

One doesn’t always have to cook. “Gathering” works just as well. It is just a matter of presentation. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Just decorate it a little more than usual. After all, it is all about the thought.





To make the purple sweet-potato hearts, I used a cookie cutter. I steamed them lightly.


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For breakfast we had “the same old same old”. Sandwiches, fresh blueberries and some tea.

I just added some rose-petal hearts and a truffle (raspberry chocolate truffle) to make it a little bit more “festive”.




For the first day of our 2-day celebration, I served little “roses” made of smoked salmon topped with salmon roe (caviar) & potato stacks.

The potato stacks are super easy to make.

Just finely slice some potatoes (I love Idaho). Put them in a bowl. Melt some butter and pour over. Add salt, pepper (or any other spice you like) to taste. Stack them into the “holes” of a muffin pan. Bake in the oven until they are tender (use a toothpick to make sure they are cooked all the way through).



I hope you are having a very nice Valentines day, and for my dear husband,

Happy Valentines & Happy Wedding anniversary!


Happy Valentines day!!!


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And so it is finally here. Christmas!!!!


At this point everybody in Sweden has hustled to get the last presents wrapped, the food cooked and plated, the snow shuffled, the candles lit, the fireplaces lit, the “Donald Duck’s Christmas on TV has been watched. The food has after that been eaten, the christmas presents has been opened and then….. finally, as my sister-in-law so nicely put it, “A great christmas tradition” has taken place. People pass out on the couch or are taking little naps….
I am telling you, Christmas is very hectic. And we will do it all over again tomorrow since it is the American day of celebration. But it is just done in a different order…

We start with opening the presents. Still dressed in our p-j’s. Eating rice porridge drinking egg-nog. Then, cooking the last food, setting the table, wrapping the last presents for our guests, making sure the “glögg” is prepared, the saffron buns and the christmas candies greats our friends…..

Eat and be merry.

I just love Christmas. It is the epiphany of the family gatherings of the year.

Merry Christmas to all of my family, old and new friends.

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