Tuesday, September 23, 2014


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The annual procurement run for pantry staples happened recently. Once a year when I have a car I don hiking boots and mush through the aisles of The Great Big Northern European Home Furnishings Chain and The Great Big Discount Warehouse Store. The Swedes sell first-rate traditional gingersnaps and the small discs of hard tack that are the backbone of my emergency food store.

It was surprising to realize that a crisp round of just about anything is cookie enough for my purposes. The shape seems to be the treat. The rounds are convenient, easy to serve, and hard to find in an ordinary grocery. It’s a relief not to have to wrestle with storing and later breaking shards and an explosion of crumbs off a plank or wheel of a large unit of dry rye.


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