FOOD & RECIPES

Uchepos with Tomatillo Salsa

During the summer months, I’m always trying to find creative ways to use fresh corn. Having grown up in Norway in the 70s and 80s, we really didn’t have access to this fabulous produce.  Norwegians use canned corn a lot- in salads, stews and even tacos! (yes, I...

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...

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...

Creamy Summer Corn Soup

If you're looking for something incredibly tasty to make this week that truly embodies the summery season, look no further. Yesterday I made this creamy corn soup for Sunday supper and it was beyond anything I ever hoped for.  The sweetness of the corn paired with a...

Farmer Market Swiss Chard Quiche

I absolutely love this time of year, when nature gets a chance to really show off, producing a bounty of colorful, beautiful produce with fresh, explosive flavors.  Having been a chef now for well over 12 years, my taste buds really started awakening about 6 years ago...

Celebrating Midsummer with Norwegian Rømmegrøt

Jonsok, or Sankthansaften, is a midsummer marker traditionally celebrated on June 24th and historically a Catholic holiday.  Jonsok / Sankthans is named after the baptist Johannes, whose Danish saint name is St. Hans.  Religious history describes how Johannes baptized...

Grilled Vegetable Salad with Farro

We had some gorgeous weather over Memorial Day Weekend here on the east coast, which inspired me to finally pull out the barbecue. Now, I don't always want burgers and (vegan) sausages when grilling, sometimes I feel like a lighter meal. There is nothing more...

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Taquitos with Chipotle Crema

Have you ever made a dish that was so good, thinking “I am going to make this weekly from now on?” Well, that’s what happened after I made these taquitos this past weekend for Cinco de Mayo.   Deliciously crispy on the outside,  when biting into these taquitos you get...

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

One of my favorite memories from my childhood in Norway is when my mom would make a simple, creamy cauliflower soup for dinner. She would also buy a baguette (white bread - a luxury in my home) and we would slather it with butter and eat the soup with my mom's...