• 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…

  • 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…

  • Rhubarb and Strawberry Jam with Bread

    Nordic Rhubarb and Strawberry Jam

    Mornings are slow, quiet times in our house most days. I sip my coffee in slow minuscule amounts at first, drinking a little more quickly as it cools. Still, I rarely find myself finishing an entire cup before it’s gone…

  • Norwegian Rhubarb Cake

    Classic Norwegian Rhubarb Cake

    Oh springtime, you most gentle of seasons, on one day you bring sunshine and warmth, and on the next a tranquil fog. The quiet morning unfolds with the aroma of coffee as I unload the dishwasher and begin the next…

  • 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…