• 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…

  • 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…

  • Marzipan-Stuffed Danish Strawberry Tart with Chocolate

    Before the slow descent into autumn, I’m cramming my kitchen with as many of summer’s sweetest berries as reasonable. Most of the time, I don’t get around to doing anything with them–they generally don’t last long as soon as my…

  • Cauliflower with Shrimp Sauce

    Wine-Steamed Cauliflower with Creamy 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…

  • 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 Norwegian cardamom buns and hot coffee brewed as strong and dark as the Nordic night. Boller—buttery, cardamom-scented buns —are just right…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Kvæfjordkake: Norway’s National Cake

    If you’ve ever eaten a slice of Kvæfjordkake, you probably know that the cake pretty much speaks for itself. With its layers of buttery cake, delicate meringue, silky vanilla cream, and chopped almonds, it’s rich yet light, each bite almost like a…

  • Bløtkake

    Norwegian Bløtkake with Strawberries and Cream

    When it comes to cake, I know two things for sure: A mediocre one is barely worth eating, and Scandinavia–especially Norway–boasts some of the best in the world. Take the classic Norwegian birthday and celebration cake, bløtkake–which translates roughly to wet…