Thursday, December 19, 2013

God Jul at Jul to the World

You've got a few days left to head over to American Swedish Institute and revel in all things Jul. Something magical happens when dusk eases into the Turnblad Mansion. Old spirits of Christmas past mingle with modern souls. Everywhere lights sparkle with promise while tomte and julgoats quietly observe us from their secret corners.

Rooms are decorated to represent each Nordic country with emphasis on New Nordic food. This year be sure to check out the Mexican room downstairs, as ASI welcomes and celebrates the cultures of non-Nordic immigrant neighbors. 

One winter evening spent sipping warm glögg in the courtyard and dodging sparks from the bonfire and I am transformed from frantic Christmas-doer to reflective Jul-appreciator.

Now that I am filled with the zen of Jul, I can calmly plan Christmas Eve dinner. Meatballs, barley pudding, gravlax, and this year a spin on Janssons Frestelse (Jansson's Temptation). I write about the "Johnson-ification" of the traditional Swedish potato casserole over at Called to the Table.

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