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Six New York-based friends -- all Swedish by birth or marriage -- gather for an afternoon of cold-weather comforts: warm glasses of glogg and an elegant yet homey Scandinavian spread.
A map of the Stockholm archipelago hangs above a teak midcentury Scandinavian credenza.
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Jen Mankins, top right, owner of Bird, a chain of New York boutiques, and husband Niklas Arnegren, bottom left, a cultural attache at the Swedish consulate, hosted the gathering. Mankin's friend Anna Harrington, top left, who teaches children's cooking classes (ouryummytime.com), created the menu around her Swedish-born mom's recipes.
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A Taste of Home
"Swedish food is comforting and filling, with flavors that are clean and straightforward," says Harrington. The feast was served family-style and set off by small vases of sea holly, a resilient and easy-to find flower that lasts for days after being cut.
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"When I eat dishes like Lax [salmon] Pudding, I think immediately of childhood and family," says Harrington.
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Swedish Meatballs are traditionally made from beef, pork, and veal and served in a creamy gravy with sweet-tart lingonberry sauce on the side.
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The Sweets of Sweden
A selection of Scandinavian candies included salted licorice pastilles, chocolate nonpareils with arrack liquor, and Swedish marshmallows called sockerbitar.
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