• Meredith &n Ingvar Torstensson

    Hi Katherine,
    We have read your article about Midsummer in Sweden and we really liked it. I am glad you writing about Swedish cuisine which these days is gourmet eating in many restaurants. We have several Michelin restaurants.
    Just a correction. Olle fish in the Baltic Sea not in the North Sea.
    When i make my gravlax I always have two pieces of salmon. In the baking pan I start with dill then one piece of salmon with skin down. Both sides rubbed with the mixture. Then dill again on the bottom salmon. On top the other piece of salmon with the mixture on both sides with skin up. And then dill again. Always plenty of dill. Then in the refrigerator. I let my mine be in the fridge for at least 48 hours and many times 72 hours. I turn the salmon every 24 hours.
    I am going to Sweden and Grimson on Saturday for 6 weeks to see my son and family and all my relatives. I will bring the article with me and show it to everybody on the island. And also to Olle & Ulla who visit the island often

    Again thanks for an interesting article.


    June 13, 2011
    • Dearest Ingvar,
      Thank you so much for correcting me. I have changed the North Sea to the Baltic! Also, I really appreciate the lovely description of your cooking techniques!

      June 16, 2011
  • Dolores Kostelni, Sr. Restaurant Reviewer, The Roanoke Times

    Katherine, I loved your descriptions of summer solstice and the Midsummer Eve festivities with all of the first-harvest bounty set out for the celebratns,and all the foods you enjoyed during your trips to Sweden. Lovely. It sparked my memories when I was young and my mom would take me to a restaurant, Taste of Sweden, in a small New Jersey town near us that had been settled by Swedes and Scandinavians, where we feasted and danced–memorably. Thanks for giving me a delicious opportunity to recall those days and times when we all relished the salmon, cucumbers in dill and sour cream, my introduction to lingonberries, all extraordinary moments. My mom, vivacious with her friends and I, having a ball with their children. Your essay is beautiful, keep them coming.

    Dolores Kostelni

    June 13, 2011
    • Dear Dolores,
      Thank you for sharing your lovely memories!

      June 16, 2011

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