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A Summery Lemon-Vanilla Cake with Strawberries

A Summery Lemon-Vanilla Cake with Strawberries

I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that Norwegians hold a record as one of the most enthusiastic cake bakers in the world.   We also love to eat cake more often than not. I find our cake culture very special, particularly in Sunnmøre, where I’m from.  This is...

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Easy No-Knead Bread Recipe

Easy No-Knead Bread Recipe

I can't imagine a world without bread. Perhaps it's the Scandinavian in me, but I feel tremendous happiness in enjoying a big hunk of bread, slathered with butter or some other topping, paired with a nice glass of wine. Give me that, and that's all I knead (pun...

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A Wine Lover’s Carrot Cake

A Wine Lover’s Carrot Cake

The best part about being in the food and wine business is that you’re always exposed to fun,  unique and high-quality products made by creative folks who are just as passionate about this business as I am.    One of these products and companies is...

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Norwegian Hvetestang with Vanilla Custard

Norwegian Hvetestang with Vanilla Custard

With the first day of spring officially here, I start thinking about foods that resembles sunshine.  In Norway, we celebrate the return of the sun after a long, dark winter and the northern lights are replaced by the midnight sun.  That doesn’t mean we...

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Norwegian Fastelavnsboller with a Swedish Twist

Norwegian Fastelavnsboller with a Swedish Twist

This post is re-purposed from a previous entry I made back in 2014. I’ve updated the recipe to be 100% plant-based and 100% equally delicious. Fastelavn is celebrated the Sunday before Ash Wednesday and evolved from the Roman Catholic tradition of celebrating the days...

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Green Irish Soda Bread

Green Irish Soda Bread

As a Norwegian, I'm a huge fan of bread, and love experimenting with different dough recipes. Although bread recipes are often similar, I love seeing how other cultures have different spins on their versions. With St. Patrick's Day coming up soon, I made a bunch of...

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Cinnamon-Sugar Kringle

Cinnamon-Sugar Kringle

*This blog post is an updated version of a previous blog post about kringler from 2014 but with a new recipe . Who has heard of kringle?  The kringle is a popular Scandinavian pastry here in the U.S. among those familiar with Nordic cuisine. Often times referred...

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Sjakkruter to complete your Christmas cookie platter

Sjakkruter to complete your Christmas cookie platter

Sjakkruter, translated loosely to 'checkers' or 'chessboard squares', are fun looking butter cookies that many Norwegian homes count as one of their obligatory 7 types of Christmas cookies every year.   I like to call them Norway's version of the American black and...

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Norwegian Kransekakestenger

Norwegian Kransekakestenger

Many Norwegian food fans are very familiar with kransekake, the show- stopping cornucopia-shaped marzipan-like almond cake made for special occasions such as weddings, confirmations, baptisms and Christmas.  Kransekakestenger however, are less known.  If you don't...

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Lussekatter to celebrate St. Lucia Day

Lussekatter to celebrate St. Lucia Day

On December 13th you will smell the sweet scent of lussekatter, otherwise known as saffron buns, around the thousands of homes in Norway and Sweden, to signify the day of Saint Lucia, the protector of the blind. Lussekatter signify that Christmas is just around the...

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