As they pack up to return to Russia, Ukraine and Armenia, high school foreign exchange students will be sure to include peanut butter, marshmallows and Reese's Pieces, as well as recipes for such dishes as chili and lasagna.
Those are foods they can't get in their homelands. So they're taking part of America back with them.
But the food is not just for themselves.
Yekaterina Vlasova, who will leave Aberdeen Wednesday, would like to take about 10 Hershey's candy bars with her to give to friends back in Petrozavodsk, Russia. Vlasova, known as Kate to her American friends, spent this school year at Aberdeen Central.
Even though they've come to love peanut butter, the students will take only one jar each, because there's not much room in their suitcases.
Another student who spent the year at Aberdeen Central, Tetyana Pyantkovska, will have peanut butter, marshmallows, Reese's Pieces and ranch dressing in her bags when she departs Aberdeen on Thursday. She will also bring a recipe for brownies back to Rivne, Ukraine.
I also want to bring cookie dough. It's really, really good, said Pyantkovska, who is known as Tanya at Central.
During Vlasova's time in America, her favorite foods have been brownies and pizza.
Pyantkovska has loved lasagna most, with brownies second.
In addition to peanut butter and Hershey's chocolate, Vlasova will bring along Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and marshmallows, along with recipes for cookies, brownies and lasagna.
One area exchange student has already headed for home. Ulbolsyn Kuanova, who spent the year at Northwestern in Mellette, is on her way back to Kazakhstan. One of her host parents, Don Hahler, said she took Oreos and peanut butter with her.
Lusine Mamikonyan, who has spent the school year in Ipswich, will return to Armenia in late June. With her, she will take recipes for chili, American pizza, lasagna and brownies. They have pizza in Armenia, but she likes it here better.
In the U.S., Vlasova and Pyantkovska have taken some kidding because of their love for ketchup. That condiment is used widely in their homelands.
I use ketchup a lot, said Vlasova, 17. One food she pours it on is chicken. Both students use it on pasta.
During a trip to the store, Pyantkovska's host father noted that she would be here two more weeks, so they'd better buy two bottles of ketchup.
Pyantkovska, 16, admits that she puts it on almost everything. But,I don't drink it.
Vlasova and Pyantkovska say that peanut butter is difficult to find in Russia and Ukraine. It might be available to the upper class or in stores that cater to Americans, but not to normal folks.
Some foods - like cottage cheese - are much different in former Soviet republics than they are here.
One reason that Vlasova and Pyantkovska have enjoyed snack foods is that they're more available here. And, without their parents around, there was less supervision.
Don't get the idea that American food is clearly superior. Vlasova longs for some soups from back home. Pyantkovska misses a dish called vareniki. They also like borscht and a dish called blini.
Mamikonyan, 16, knows that you can get barbecue in the U.S., but she says it's better in Armenia.
Pyantkovska and Vlasova find it interesting that Americans can talk at length about what they had for dinner last night. Back home, We ate and forgot, Pyantkovska said.
The intelligent young women can talk about lots of important differences between their countries and the U.S. - not just food.
But one difference they've found is in restaurants. In the U.S., you can get as many soft drink refills as you want. Back home, they have to pay.
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