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  • Kvæfjordkake, the “World’s Best Cake”

    If you’ve ever had a bite of Kvæfjordkake, then you likely understand why this cake is also known as verdens beste kake or world’s best cake. With layers of buttery cake, delicate meringue, silky vanilla cream, and chopped almonds, it…

  • Grandma Adeline’s Lefse

    Grandma Adeline was a professional lefse baker back in the day. Here is her recipe, with detailed instructions as I learned the steps from her.

  • Midsummer Picnic Potato Salad

    Midsummer might just be one of my favorite times of the Scandinavian year—specifically because of the food. Think smoked or cured salmon and pickled herring, potato salad, berries, aquavit, and beer. Celebrations might involve picnics and bonfires, and in Sweden,…

  • 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…