Cocktail Time: The Deviation

I was sitting in a restaurant in Malmö, Sweden when I first tasted a version of the aviation cocktail. The food at Mrs. Brown’s was incredible, alive with just-harvested flavor and fresh from the ocean seafood. The ambiance was everything I could ask for as the sun lingered at the edge of the sky on…

15 Minute Recipe: Traditional Scandinavian Shrimp Sandwich

If you’ve ever been to Sweden or have family members from Scandinavia or have ever met someone who is, then you’ve probably heard of the traditional open-faced shrimp sandwich. Picture this: you’re lying on the grass under the dappled shade of a maple tree. There’s a breeze that blows the scent of the summer-heated air…

The Basics: Quick Pickled Rhubarb

Let’s hear it for spring! It’s only the beginning of the growing season, but already the tasty goodness is beginning. When I clock fresh rhubarb at the market, I basically buy it all. It’s such a seasonal-specific treat, so I want to take advantage. It’s also one of those plants that can be preserved easily….

Danish Rolled Pancakes with Homemade Jam and Cardamom Whipped Cream

My bedstemor (Danish for grandmother, but she was actually my great-grandmother) used to make these tynde pandekager (Danish rolled pancakes) for us on special occasions. She topped them with her favorite freezer jam (Week’s) and eating them always made the morning feel like a holiday, which is apt since these are a traditional breakfast for…

What We Ate: Salt Lake City Snowstorms and Hot Wings

I told my family I was making a quick trip back to Salt Lake to see them and see the opening night of Black Swan at the Capitol Theater. That was only part of it. Like 12 percent of it. I was actually missing the hell out of a good pile of hot wings. I…

Crab Dip with Leeks and Mushrooms

It’s cold. It’s gloomy. It hasn’t stopped raining since the Reagan administration. What I need right now is something cheesy. Something I can dip crackers in while catching up on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Something fun to make. Something like crab dip. Lucky for me, the crab boats came in a few weeks…

Swedish Gravadlax

Listen, my family was far too timid for something as bold as UNCOOKED FISH (!!!!!!!) when I was a kid. If we ate fish, it was salmon cooked within an inch of its life, accompanied by asparagus boiled for so long it could be mashed into a stringy pulp. This may come as a shock,…

What We Ate: The Polar Vortex and Chicago Deep Dish

Traveling with family is difficult enough, but add a polar vortex to the mix and its a recipe for bad food decisions. It’s also the perfect conditions for fortuitous accidents. I flew out to Chicago just as the temperature started creeping into the negatives. I know, bad timing, but no one warned me that shit…

Mackerel with Tomatoes, Fried Leeks and Dill Yogurt Sauce

It’s been as dreary and rainy as you’d expect from a Portland winter. I’m all about eating in season and locally, especially because I live in an area that is lousy with abundance. But when I walked by the fish counter at my local market and saw those glassy mackerel eyes staring back at me…