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In Austria, suckling pig is the traditional dinner for New Year’s Day and is said to symbolize good luck. Often the New Year’s table also is decorated with miniature pigs made of marzipan, maple sugar or chocolate.

Speck is a lean, cold smoked ham cured for several months in the cool Tirolean mountain air.

Linzertorte is an rich, Austrian pastry that originated in Linz, Austria. It consists of a sweet shortbread dough, flavored with lemon zest, cinnamon and ground almonds and/or hazelnuts. This is spread with jam (usually raspberry) and topped with a lattice of dough and baked. The pastry is served at room temperature. (See also: Sacher Torte)

Because of its strong nutty flavor, pumpkin seed oil is best combined with other oils in cooking, salad dressings and other preparations. The production and use of pumpkin seed oil originates in Styria, Austria.



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