RDP #13 – SMORGASBORD
Swedish, from smörgås ‘(slice of) bread and butter’ (from smör ‘butter’ + gås ‘goose, lump of butter’) + bord ‘table.’
Interesting how the meaning of a word changes over time. From a simple piece of bread and butter to a whole array of delectable foods, a smorgasbord today offers hundreds of choices.
The first time I remember hearing this word was when I was somewhere between the ages of 10-12. We had moved from Minnesota to Portland, Oregon, and some new friends had invited our family to a smorgasbord. My word, what a feast! I don’t remember specifics; just that there were so many choices, and they all looked and smelled so good! I took tiny portions, but still ate my stomach full.
Now I live in Pennsylvania. In our part of the state, the most well-known smorgasbord restaurant is the Shady Maple in Lancaster. It’s ginormous. You could go there every day of the week and never sample everything that is offered.
It is a favorite stop for people visiting Amish country. The food features many Pennsylvania Dutch dishes. You can eat there all day, but I doubt your stomach would survive 🙂
They offer a special every day, which can range from freshly roasted turkey to grilled-to-order steaks.
And the dessert section–not just a table, but a whole section–is a very dangerous place for a diabetic. Cakes, pies, puddings, sweet rolls, cookies, ice cream–it’s all there, in plenteous array.
There’s a farm market, too, which is delightful just to wander around in.
So if you’re ever in the neighborhood, do stop in. You won’t regret it 🙂