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We Remember Dr. King

Had he lived, Dr. King would have been 83 years old this year.

And he probably would have been gearing up for an amazing 2013 when the nation will mark 50 years since the historic March on Washington and 150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation ended legalized slavery in the United States.

On a personal note, I was eight years old when Congress established the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday in January.

And this year, my son, at eight years old, is visiting the newly completed Dr. King memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

As difficult as it is to talk to children about the harsh realities of our history and about the challenges to equality in our current cultural and economic climate, the Dr. King memorial is a great opportunity to bring these issues to life.

It’s a chance to talk about how precious freedom is, what it means, and why we must be constantly on guard to protect it.

It’s a chance to instill in our children the importance of following their conscience and not the dictates of what society tells us is true or acceptable.

And it’s a chance to remind them of their own inherent self-worth and responsibility to live lives of courage and compassion.

The monument includes quotations from Dr. King’s speeches, including his 1964 speech in Norway upon receiving the Nobel Prize for Peace. You can read the speech in its entirety here.¬†

Dr. King was only 35 when he received the Nobel – the youngest person ever to receive the award – and he donated the entire amount (about $56,000) to the Civil Rights Movement.

To read Dr. King’s biography on the Nobel website, click here.

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Cookies 6: Goro

The goro, Norway’s “affluent” cookie, is very similar to the fattigman, or the “poor man’s cookie.” The one big difference is that the goro is baked and not fried in fat.

The goro is also prepared using a special iron to give it a distinct shape.

This goro recipe was posted by Jennifer on AllRecipes.com.

Goro

Ingredients

3 eggs

1 cup white sugar

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup butter, melted

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground cardamom

Directions

In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until thoroughly blended. Mix in the cream and melted butter. Sift together the flour, cinnamon and cardamom; stir into the egg mixture. Refrigerate dough for at least an hour.

Heat goro iron and lightly coat with grease. On a floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into circles to fit your goro iron using a paper pattern. Place onto heated iron, close and cook, turning once, until golden. Carefully remove from the iron, and cut into thirds while still warm.

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Cookies 5: Fattigman

I know what you’re thinking. These cookies sound delicious – and they are.

But this Norwegian cookie actually mean’s “poor man’s cookie” because it is fried in cheap oil, not baked on a fancy cookie press like Norway’s “affluent” cookies, the goro (don’t worry; we’ll get there).

Of course, when I first heard about these cookies, I thought the name was Norwegian for “fat man.” Live and learn.

This recipe is from Tarteausucre, who posted it on Food.com.

Fattigman

Ingredients:

6 egg yolks

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup light cream

1 tablespoon butter, melted

1/3 cup granulated sugar

2 1/4 cups flour

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 tablespoon lemon rind, grated

confectioners’ sugar

  1. Beat together egg yolks and salt until thick and light.
  2. Beat in light cream, sugar and butter.
  3. Sift together flour and nutmeg. Add to egg yolk mixture with lemon rind.
  4. Mix well, then chill 1 hour.
  5. Roll out 1/4 of the dough at a time, keeping the remaining dough chilled.
  6. Roll 1/16 inch thick. Cut in 1 1/2-inch wide strips. Cut diagonally at 4-inch intervals. Make 1 inch slit lengthwise in center of each piece.
  7. Slip one end through the slit. Fry a few at a time in deep fat (350 degrees F) for 1 to 2 minutes or until golden.
  8. Remove from fat with a slotted spoon. Drain on paper towels.
  9. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar. Store in an airtight container.

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