• Two Mackerel

    Norwegian Mackerel with Roasted Rhubarb

    When I think of summer, my mind immediately goes to the meals we’re going to eat: strawberry tarts, chicken with homemade mayonnaise, melon and prosciutto washed down with chilled rosé. There are tomatoes to dress with little more than some…

  • Bergen Fish Soup and Crispbread

    Bergen Fish Soup (Bergensk fiskesuppe)

    Everyone has their own idea of a place, a snapshot memory encapsulating the scenes, smells, and moods they experienced there. One person’s Paris is different than another’s. A visit to Seattle might be dreary for one and vibrant for another. With…

  • Potato and Egg Salad

    A Salad for a Scandinavian Picnic

    Today the birds sang brightly, their whistling chirps piercing through the still spring air. The afternoon sun cast a diffused light through the clouds and the temperature called for sweaters over tank tops and t-shirts. Yet the day still held…

  • 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…

  • Bacon-Wrapped Cod with Roasted Vegetables

    The Reliable Cod Gets a Smoky Twist with Bacon

    It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a Norwegian man in possession of much torsk must be in want of variety. Cod is plentiful in northern waters, making it a staple in the Scandinavian diet. If you have had more…