• Wine-Steamed Cauliflower with Creamy Shrimp Sauce

    Cauliflower with Shrimp Sauce

    I made the coziest little meal the other evening. I say “little” because it had been a day full of recipe testing and I felt like keeping things simple. I call it cozy because the spoonfuls of tender wine-steamed cauliflower bathed in a creamy shrimp sauce were warm and comforting, the essence of koselig. Americans have been fascinated in recent years with hygge—the word that describes the coziness and wellbeing in the Scandinavian lifestyle. They’ve adopted the Swedish concept of lagom, with its “just enough” approach to life. (Think moderation, packaged in a more appealing way.) And then there’s fika,…

  • Roasted Oysters with Rhubarb Mignonette

    I sometimes wonder if I was born with a taste for the sea. The first time I stepped foot in Norway, I experienced a deep sense of belonging and longing. It was as if I had finally arrived at a…

  • Troll Cream

    Whipped Lingonberry Troll Cream (Trollkrem)

    I can’t tell you how excited I am to be back in this space today. After months of planning, I’m relaunching Outside Oslo and having an amazing set of recipes to share with you in the weeks and months to…

  • Cardamom Buns

    Norwegian Cardamom Buns (Boller)

    It smelled like the neighborhood Scandinavian bakery in my home the other day, with the aromas of freshly baked cardamom buns and hot coffee brewed as strong and dark as the Nordic night. Boller—buttery, cardamom-scented buns —are just right with…

  • The Easiest Gravlax

    The cure begins by tucking the salmon into a blanket of sugar, salt, and dill. By the time the ingredients are fully applied, there’s no trace of the fish. The vibrant red of the sockeye is buried—as its name gravlax…

  • Fårikål (Lamb and Cabbage), Norway’s National Dish)

    I remember the first time I tasted fårikål, the national dish of Norway. I had read for a long time—years maybe—about this stew of lamb and cabbage that is Norway’s national dish. It seemed too simple, I thought—just lamb and…

  • Icelandic Happy Marriage Cake (Hjónabandssaela)

    Icelandic Happy Marriage Cake (Hjónabandssaela)

    The thought of rhubarb takes me back to my grandparents’ garden, a place that surely was dwarfed by the farms that were their former landscape back in North Dakota yet seemed to me the most amazing sort of wonderland. Some…

  • Fattigmann

    Norwegian Christmas Cookies: Fattigmann

    Gathering the dough into a ball, I inhaled the scent of the cardamom and butter, warm in my hands. Like all those memories from my childhood, the feelings stirring in my heart filled me with a sense of love, a security…