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  • Sparkling Aquavit Cocktail with Strawberry and Orange

    The tinny music box melody heralded the promise of summer’s sweetness on the hottest days of my childhood. When the ice cream truck rolled through the neighborhood, my parents would buy me my favorite ice pop, the one swirled with…

  • Skagenröra

    Creamy Shrimp and Dill on Cucumber Slices (Skagenröra)

    Toast Skagen, or Skagenröra, is a popular Scandinavian appetizer that’s as easy as can be yet a crowd pleaser. This creamy, herb-flecked shrimp salad is typically served on triangles of buttered toast, but I’ve lightened up my Skagenröra by using…

  • Queen’s Berries Martini

    I grew up sipping gold from crystal glasses. Martinelli’s apple cider was the champagne of holiday feasts at my paternal grandparents’ house, and even as a child I interpreted that cider as I should have: a symbol of true Norwegian…

  • Kvæfjordkake, also known as World's Best Cake

    Kvæfjordkake: Norwegian “World’s Best Cake” Recipe

    (Disclosure: Posts on this site may include Affiliate Links; click here to learn more.) If you’ve ever had a bite of Kvæfjordkake, then you likely understand why many people know it as cake is also known as verdens beste kake…

  • 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…

  • 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.