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  • Scandinavian Pickled Beets

    Starting Again, with Pickled Beets

    Time goes quickly here, sometimes too quickly. I know it’s something we all experience,¬†the subject of small talk and of catching up with old acquaintances at big events, but it’s true. The time really does fly. As I sit here…

  • Norwegian Rhubarb Cake

    Norwegian Rhubarb Cake (Rabarbrakake)

    Amidst almond-scented cakes and recipes featuring plenty of dill, I’ve occasionally veered from the topic of Scandinavian food to talk about writing. As a journalist and creative writer, it’s long been a big part of my life. Lately, with a dear…

  • Nordic in the Northwest Oregonian Article

    Reflecting on a Milestone

    Wow. I’d like to thank you all for your encouragement and celebration when I announced that my Nordic food article¬†was featured as the centerpiece food story last week in The Oregonian. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many likes…

  • 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.…

  • Sweet-and-Sour Cucumber Salad

    Cucumber Salad for Your Scandinavian Midsummer Menu

    In the beginning of my career as a journalist, I was paying my dues as a television news writer working in the middle of the night to prepare the morning newscast. Back then I would pull into the parking lot…

  • 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…