Thursday, October 15, 2015

Currently Reading: A Story of the Swanson Family, "Montana Pioneers"

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The Swanson Family "Montana Pioneers" at Amazon.com

Currently reading: a book I picked up (signed copy!) at the Elmira Store. It follows members of the Swanson family, Ruby, Myrtle, Florence and William as they travel the world teaching in Sweden, Japan, Hawaii and then return home to Troy, Montana to run a family lodge. Together they wrote the book about their adventures. Florence became a prominent child psychologist in New Jersey and when she passed she donated 100 acres adjacent to their lodge to the YMCA to be used for  recreational purposes. In 1940, Myrtle lived at the Barbizon Hotel for Women while teaching in New York City. (Read more about the hotel)

The Barbizon Hotel for Women in 1927 -- photo Library of Congress
The Barbizon Hotel for Women in 1927 -- photo Library of Congress

The original lodge, built in 1947 has been for sale on and off but is currently off the market. You can see it at Zillow.


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The Swanson Lodge in Troy, Montana

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In 1955 Ruby wrote a cookbook of their lodge recipes. (Favorite Recipes From Swansons Mountain View Lodge at Amazon.com) Some of the recipes included were:

Home Baked Beans
Corn Fritters
Superb Swedish Meat Balls
Smothered Chicken
Salmon Loaf
Potato Souffle
Onion Shortcake
Macaroni Salad
Swedish Bread
Mrs. Truman’s Ozark Pudding
Cantaloupe Sauce for Ice Cream
Cinnamon Cookies
Swedish Spice Cookies
Chocolate Pie
Frozen Lemon Chiffon Pie
more recipes online:

   
Ruby Swanson's Peanut Butter Cookies

Have you ever been to the lodge? Do you have a favorite Scandinavian recipe? Please share in the comments!

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