• 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…

  • 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…

  • Almond Cake with Lingonberries

    Lingonberry-Studded Almond Cake (Gluten Free)

    If you had asked me in my youth to define Norwegian food, I would have listed off a number of almond-flavored desserts: towering kransekake wreath cakes served at weddings, layered birthday cakes draped in a sheet of marzipan, buttery fyrstekake…

  • 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…

  • Scandinavian Pickled Beets

    Starting Again, with Pickled Beets

    Time goes quickly here, sometimes too quickly. I know it’s something we all experience, the subject of small talk and of catching up with old acquaintances at big events, but it’s true. The time really does fly. As I sit here…

  • Scandinavian Coconut Cookies

    Scandinavian Coconut Cookies with Sea Salt

    A wooden spoon and a simple recipe are all it takes to create a memory. “I want to help Mama bake cookies,” he says, coming inside and finding out I’m starting to bake. The butter is melting in the saucepan,…