Welcome to Outside Oslo, a Scandinavian food blog by Daytona Strong

DaytonaWhen it comes to my Norwegian heritage, I am all about the food. From lefse lessons with Grandma Adeline to trying to recreate the lost recipes of my late grandmother Agny, Outside Oslo is a place where I can share my culinary adventures and my quest to learn more about where I come from. A first-generation Norwegian-American on my dad’s side—and a few more generations removed on my mother’s—I am Norwegian through and through and I love sharing my experiences with you here.

The side of me that you’ll see here is the personal one. In addition to the writing I do at Outside Oslo, I am a food writer and parenting journalist who has worked in or written for virtually all forms of media. With over a decade of professional experience, I spent years as a television news writer and producer, and now write about food and parenting for a variety of local and national print publications. I’ve appeared on radio and have written for a variety of websites, from respected news and travel sites to my own blogs.

I live in the Scandinavian-rich city of Seattle and come from a family of great cooks. In addition to the Scandinavian classics, you’ll find me cooking a lot of new and modern dishes incorporating Nordic ingredients, some of them my own recipes original to Outside Oslo. I hope you enjoy your visit. If so, drop a note—I’d love to hear from you.

 – Daytona


22 thoughts on “Welcome to Outside Oslo, a Scandinavian food blog by Daytona Strong

  1. Your blog is really nice! I am enjoying seeing your recipes and insight into Norway. I’ve been living in Stavanger, on the west coast, and am now in Ballard, Seattle – it’s been interesting making that transition. I can tell you that there is a lot to love about Norway, but it can be a real struggle to get through the winters. Anyway, I’m enjoying reading your experiences!

  2. Hello there!
    Just found your blog. Very interesting stuff! I love Norwegian food, it was one of the great surprises for me when I moved here a couple of years ago, all the local specialities I had never heard of. I love trying new stuff, so I’ve definitely come to the right country. I even like lutefisk believe it or not!!!! Well, with enough bacon I do 😉
    Anyway, keep up the good work, I’ll certainly try some of the recipes… those lefser do look good!
    And check this out… A very funny video on lutefisk. Won’t convince you to eat it, but it sure made me giggle! Best

  3. As a Norwegian; My admire for a great blog – readable, informative and representative for Norway, our culture, traditions and habits.

    As a local, it’s great to see my country through you’re eyes!

    Keep up the good work 🙂

  4. I was searching “brandy glaze” and your blog came up in Google! I am a first-generation Guatemalan-American, newly married to a first-generation Norwegian-American. Just this summer, we went to visit his folks in Norway. Our “home base” was Asker, from which we went various places including Lillehammer and Oslo. Scandinavian culture couldn’t be more different than Latin-American… and that’s just the way I like it! Vive la difference!

    I look forward to exploring your blog. God dag and felicitaciones from Chicago!

  5. Hi, do you have the Nordstrom recipe for coconut macaroons? It uses white chocolate . . . if so, could you e-mail it to me? Thanks!

  6. Hi – love your blog. Spent a lot of time in Scandinavia, so all these posts are bringing back great memories. I also remember eating (and drinking) very well in Oslo, althought not so sure that my wallet would agree (I have vague memories of NOK 500 for a bottle of wine somewhere…(!).

    Thanks for the link on your blogroll too!

    Keep on cookin’

  7. I found your blog by accident trying to find a recipe similar to my mother’s butter cookies. Similar to you, my fathers family moved to Utah from Norway just a few years before he was born. My mother moved to Utah from Norway when she was 23 then found and married my dad. So, we had a very traditional Norwegian upbringing. In fact, my brother and I spoke Norwegian as our first language but before we started school, we learned English and I lost most of my Norsk. However, the saddest loss was losing our parents, most recently our mother and her recipe book.
    My sister-in-law sat down with my mother and wrote down her recipes. So, although the photo with the for criss-cross pattern looks exactly like my mother’s, the recipes are extremely different. The only ingredients in my mom’s cookies are butter, sugar, egg, flour, and corn starch. No salt (butter is salted), no vanilla, no almond flavoring.

    I look forward to your posts. Oh – I live on Redmond Ridge. I didn’t realize until just now that you are a Seattleite. Another think in common is I moved into a new townhouse just a month before you moved into your new place.

    If you ever want to come by and bake…how about some lompe, let me know 🙂

  8. I love stumbling across other Oslo / Norway blogs when I’m looking for something completely different! Great to find your blog and keep up the great writing 🙂

  9. Nice to meet you! I am a true Belgian & love all things scandinavian! I love the North & have been to Sweden, Norway & Finland! I love it all! Greetings from a foodie from Belgium! 🙂

  10. Hi Daytona,
    I live to the North in Petersburg, Alaska. I am a second generation American, with Norwegian and Swedish grandparents. I was just trying to adapt a recipe from the Norwegian National Recipes cookbook and I found your blog when I googled ‘fromage Norway.’ I love your recipes. Some are staples here in our little village. We have a 4 day Syttende Mai celebration. You should come and check it out. I did a couple of blog posts this year….

    It’s great to meet you and follow your blog!

  11. Love your blog – discovered it when I was looking for a recipe for Rommegrat. Didn’t realize there were so many Scandinavians in the Seattle Area! I am a lifelong Minnesotan – and we always think we are the Scandinavian epicenter (outside of Scandinavia!!). If you ever make it to the Midwest, every summer Decorah, Iowa hosts NordicFest – an all-out celebration of all things Scandinavian (especially Norwegian!).

  12. Thank you for the delicious classic brownie recipe in the August 28th issue of the “Norwegian American Weekly.” It took a very long time to bake the brownies at 325 degrees and I wonder if that temperature was a misprint? Perhaps the recipe should call for a temperature of 350 degrees. Please advise me on that matter.
    Thank you.

  13. Daytona, My daughter found your blog and, like you, I am also a native to Seattle and 1st generation Norwegian-American on my mother’s side, and my father was 1/2 Norwegian, Half Danish/Swedish…and I grew up with a fantastic Norwegian baking/Christmas traditions galore! So fun to be reminded of these recipes. I have several Norwegian cookbooks and my mother’s Norwegian recipes including this Mor Monson, which was a year round favorite! I must make it…along with my peppernuts and krum kake and Jule Kake! God Jul and happy baking!

  14. Hello, my name is Leianne, I am looking for Sami recipes for our summer camp. our Sons of Norway lodges have created an amazing Norwegian Language, Arts and Culture camp, we lovingly call ” Trollhaugen” . There we teach children and adults. Some of our classes are Hardanger,Rosemaling, chip carving, dance, ethnic cooking Swedish weaving, Just a few of what we offer. Each year we choose a theme, this year is the sami people. I have been looking for basic recipes that the kids can do. I am looking for a salad and a cookie recipes. We will, if we have to, use a Norwegian recipe, but if there are any true Sami Recipes we would love to use them. We do try hard to keep things as authentic as possible. If you can help , guide me to them would be greatly appreciated.
    You can check out Trollhaugen camp at

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