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Swedish-American Meatballs

Name: Dorcy Erlandson
Class Year: 1962
Country of Residence: France

Why is this recipe great? What’s its backstory? 

This is my US family’s favorite meal for holiday gatherings.   My Grandma, Elsa Landquist, immigrated to New York from Sweden when she was a young child and she grew up in Brooklyn.  This is the recipe passed around in the Swedish-American community in Brooklyn around 1900, using the ingredients that they could find easily.  (Swedish recipes always call for ground pork). This is why I have named the recipe “Swedish-American Meatballs.”  Thanks to the nutmeg you will find that they do have that authentic Swedish flavor!

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Bulgarian Meatballs

Name: Vennie Muenzen
Class Year: 2010
Country of Residence: USA

Why is this recipe great? What’s its backstory? 

Growing up in Bulgaria, I eagerly anticipated summers in the countryside with my grandparents once the school year was over. I loved helping my grandma in the garden and enjoyed learning about the herbs and spices we grew and the bees we kept. My grandpa had eclectic interests and experience. A war veteran who worked as wholesaler of textiles, he also took pride in his beehives, garden, orchard, and vineyard. He was knowledgeable about plants and shared with me his books. Our Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, published in 1949, was one of my favorite books. 

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