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  • Kransekake – A Norwegian & Danish Celebration Cake


    Fifteen years ago this month, a kransekake stood tilting on the cake table at my wedding reception. Adorned with tiny Swedish and Norwegian flags, it hinted at the respective heritages of both my groom and myself. I don’t know if I even got a bite of that particular one–it’s a wonder that my husband and I even got to eat anything amidst all the bustle of the celebration. But it was significant, nonetheless, as many of you know! With its towering concentric circles and decorative icing, kransekake is an impressive cake and delicious as well. I shared my recipe in…

  • Swedish Crayfish Party

    Västerbotten Pai (Swedish Cheese Quiche with Mushrooms)

    Before the seasons begin their visible transition from summer to fall, there’s a lovely tradition that is one of the most charming of Scandinavian celebrations: the kräftskiva, or Swedish crayfish party. A tradition every August in Sweden, it’s one that I’ve…

  • A blåbærsuppe-inspired cocktail

    Scandinavians enjoy blåbærsuppe—blueberry or bilberry soup—chilled in the summer, or as a hot drink in colder weather, and this cocktail is a spiked riff on it. Refreshing and herbal, this is a fruit-based cocktail that will please even those who…

  • Scandinavian Rhubarb Soup

    Scandinavian Rhubarb Soup with Vanilla Ice Cream

    If you're lucky to have some late-season rhubarb in your garden or a stash from the spring harvest in the freezer, you've come to the right place. Today I'm sharing my recipe for a chilled Scandinavian rhubarb soup served with…

  • Smoked Mackerel Salad, Two Ways

    On hot summer days when you just don't want to turn on the oven, salads can be an appealing dinner option. Today I have two versions of a smoked mackerel salad that offer plenty of flavor and protein with little…