• 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…

  • 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,…

  • Ice Cream Article

    My Original Summer Recipes in Pregnancy & Newborn

    If you would have told me back when I was a journalism student that I would eventually be a food writer and professional recipe developer, I’m not quite sure what I would have thought. Back then I was interviewing bands…

  • Bergen Fish Soup and Crispbread

    Bergen Fish Soup (Bergensk fiskesuppe)

    Everyone has their own idea of a place, a snapshot memory encapsulating the scenes, smells, and moods they experienced there. One person’s Paris is different than another’s. A visit to Seattle might be dreary for one and vibrant for another. With…

  • Potato and Egg Salad

    A Salad for a Scandinavian Picnic

    Today the birds sang brightly, their whistling chirps piercing through the still spring air. The afternoon sun cast a diffused light through the clouds and the temperature called for sweaters over tank tops and t-shirts. Yet the day still held…

  • Rhubarb Soup with Yogurt Ice Cream Horizontal

    The Essence of Spring in Rhubarb Soup

    When I cook with rhubarb I’m struck by the color–that ballerina-pink to magenta ombré effect married with salmon and the faintest hint of green. Then there’s the scent, the almost citrus, grassy notes smelling like the essence of a spring garden…

  • Chicken with Rhubarb

    Savoring the Seasons: Chicken with Baked Rhubarb

    Visiting Bergen back in the summer of 2008 I noticed something special about the Norwegians, the way they embraced the long hours of sunlight and milked the sunshine for every last drop. Out on ski boats in bikinis and swim…