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  • A Summer Salad with Strawberries and Rye

    Some years ago, after years of studying old Scandinavian and New Nordic cooking, it hit me: A reason why Nordic cooking makes so much sense to me was not just because of my heritage and family culture, but also my…

  • January 2020 Books

    Kristin Lavransdatter and Other Books I Read: January 2020

    Posts may contain affiliate links; read more by clicking here. Seldom does a character created with ink and paper seem as complexly real as flesh and blood as does Kristin Lavransdatter, the character in Sigrid Undset’s trilogy of novels that now, as a collection, bears that name.…

  • Nordic almond cake with brown butter and pears

    Brown Butter Almond Cake with Pears

    Autumn might just be the coziest time of the year. I love the slow descent into the new season and how the clear mornings of summer give way to the misty start of autumn days. This time of year I…

  • Kvæfjordkake: Norway’s National Cake

    Update on 7/1/20: Find an updated version of the recipe, without a paywall, here. If you’ve ever eaten a slice of Kvæfjordkake, you probably know that the cake pretty much speaks for itself. With its layers of buttery cake, delicate meringue, silky…

  • Biff à la Lindström

    It occurred to me the other day as I set to work in the kitchen making an early dinner that the days are getting longer. Though afternoon, it was still light enough to snap some photos of the food, with…

  • Redzepi Dinner Centerpiece

    An Evening with Noma’s René Redzepi

    Raindrops pattered on the clear canopy above us, illuminated by the street lamps and Christmas light-wrapped trees in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square. The 150 or so of us had braved the cold, wet November evening to dine outdoors with René…

  • Rye and Blueberry Tart

    A Delicious July

    Here in Seattle we’re enjoying a summer that’s just about as beautiful as we could ask for. Bright sunny days, temperatures neither too high nor too low, it’s pretty much the quintessential summer to me. It’s been occurring to me…

  • Midsummer Picnic

    Reflecting on June

    Dear Friends, Let me invite you into my kitchen for just a few minutes on this hot summer afternoon. I have just slid a disk of dough into the refrigerator, where it will chill for the next hour or so.…

  • The Writing Life

    Life is full of filters. We customize an image of ourselves daily that we want to portray to our colleagues, and we share the best of life while ignoring the worst when posting status updates to Facebook or Twitter. Blogging…

  • Just a Note to Say Hi

    Hello friends. It’s been rather silent here at Outside Oslo in the past few weeks, so I figured it’s time to say hello. I’ve had wonderful adventures since I wrote last, a hint of which you’re seeing in these few…