Welcome to the Table!



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.

Image result for Shady Maple Restaurant  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.
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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.

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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 🙂



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