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Brytebrød; for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Norwegians love to bake, and it’s a craft they have mastered to perfection.  From cakes to cookies, breads and everything in between, there is something so special about baked goods from my home country.  Most creations fit in the “rustic” category,...

Homemade and healthy Knekkebrød

Each time I go home to Norway, the meal I most look forward to is breakfast.    Norwegians and Scandinavians alike take this meal really seriously.   It is often a serious spread and the meal can go just as long as dinner.  Various spreads are placed on the table,...
Seven Types of Cookies for Christmas: Day Four

Seven Types of Cookies for Christmas: Day Four

Today turned into the perfect day to bake. A mix of sleet and rain had developed overnight here in the Hudson Valley and it was freezing outside this morning when I took my dogs out for their first outing. We quickly ran back inside after the usual (yet unusually wet...
Seven Types of Christmas Cookies: Day Three

Seven Types of Christmas Cookies: Day Three

Despite the German-sounding name, “Berlinerkranser” (Berlin Wreaths) is as Norwegian as lutefisk and Jarlsberg cheese—and an important part of our cookie collection during the holidays. Why the reference to Berlin? It is believed that a lot of Scandinavian...
Seven Types of Cookies for Christmas: Day Two

Seven Types of Cookies for Christmas: Day Two

This is admittedly one of my absolute favorite cookies during the Christmas holiday; although not in the classic seven, I bet if you ask any family today in Norway you will get an acknowledgment and approving nod when mentioning “Brune Pinner”. These have...