• Grow your Scandinavian bookshelf: A collection of books to add to your “TBR” list

    Reading a good book is one of life’s greatest pleasures, in my opinion. I’m getting ready to launch a Scandinavian-themed online book club this spring, and in preparation, I’ve gathered a collection of ideas in hopes that it will inspire you as well. The collection includes a mix of fiction and nonfiction, either by Scandinavian or Nordic authors, or set in that part of the world. Click here to see the list, then let me know which ones you’re adding to your TBR (to be read) list! If you’re interested in learning more about the online book club, sign up here to be the first to…

  • Syttende Mai with Grandparents 1980s

    Going deeper with those we love (and how food helps)

    Each of us has an ache, I suspect–a longing for deeper connection. If you’ve been following Outside Oslo for a while, you may know part of the story of how I began writing about Scandinavian food over ten years ago. It was…

  • I Wrote You a Book! “Modern Scandinavian Baking”

    Posts may contain affiliate links; read more by clicking here. Food has an incredible way to connect us to others, a means by which we show love. I’ve written for years here on Outside Oslo, about my grandmothers, those wonderful women who shared their hearts through the traditional…

  • A Scandinavian-Inspired Salad for Winter

    I don’t know about you, but I’m wrestling with the seasons–the transition from one to the next, specifically. To be honest, I love winter. This time around, in particular. As I traded my debit card for a double-shot almond milk…

  • Grandma Adeline’s Norwegian Potato Dumplings

    I’ll be honest, I’m sharing this recipe from a place of vulnerability. I could get away without mentioning that fact, but by doing so I would feel like I were just tossing the recipe into the world with no reverence…

  • Potato and Kale Soup

    Relaxed Hospitality: My New Book Club (with Recipe)

    Posts may contain affiliate links; read more by clicking here. I started this new year with a new book club, and I couldn’t be happier about the fact that I get to invite a group of women into my home each month and talk about books and…

  • January 2020 Books

    Kristin Lavransdatter and Other Books I Read: January 2020

    Posts may contain affiliate links; read more by clicking here. Seldom does a character created with ink and paper seem as complexly real as flesh and blood as does Kristin Lavransdatter, the character in Sigrid Undset’s trilogy of novels that now, as a collection, bears that name.…

  • Favorite Books of 2019

    10 Favorite Books I Read in 2019

    Posts may contain affiliate links; read more by clicking here. While Scandinavian food has been the focus of my blog for the past decade, I’ve been itching to write more about books here as well. I’m an avid reader who devours books like others binge on Netflix.…

  • 10 Years of Outside Oslo

    A bit of a milestone passed by unobserved here a few months ago: the 10-year anniversary of Outside Oslo. I still remember clicking "publish" on that first post on September 1, 2009, and how the blog became a powerful tool…