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Messmör (Swedish Whey Butter) and Hyggelig

February 20th, 2013 14 Comments

  I often call myself a 1/4 Extrovert and 3/4 Introvert and being alone most of the time is fine with me.  But once in a while I love a gathering, the Exchange.   My friend Dennis recently taught me a Danish word with no direct English translation, and I think it describes what I love about little gatherings.  The word is Hyggelig (pronounced hoogly): the art of creating intimacy…that feeling after dinner with friends when you hang out for

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Rice Porridge

February 14th, 2013 Comments Off on Rice Porridge

    One-Dish-Wonders The Art of cooking with limited cookware; or having cookware but not a great way to wash it; or just wanting to keep it simple so you don’t spend precious ski time washing dishes.  Sometimes it’s a great combination of tasty individual items that becomes a hearty meal and does NOT turn to a mucky mush.  Or sometimes it does become a mucky mush…but if you’re hungry and it tastes good, much can be forgiven.   Just

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Liver & Onions and Dog Story Part 2

February 6th, 2013 11 Comments

. How else other than combining it with the sequel to the story would I get you to look at a post about Liver and Onions?? . The final morning at the Sandstone cabin arrived so we packed up our supplies and readied them to be hauled out to the car parked about 130 feet away.  I took the first load out.  When they heard the cabin door creak the dogs came running out of the bird blind, bounding towards

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Garlic Bruschetta and Dog Story Part 1

January 31st, 2013 3 Comments

Connections and communications with a couple of canine compatriots gave us an interesting beginning to the Northwoods adventure. . Our home-base hostel-cabin was full last weekend so we were trying to decide what to do when a friend invited us to go with them to the Audubon Environmental Learning Center in northern Minnesota—it was a primitive cabin but we were geared for that.  We couldn’t ski very much because of lack of snow, but we could at least leave town on

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Risotto Cakes

January 24th, 2013 No Comments

  We’ve been preparing for our annual North Woods trip, making lists and checking them twice, scurrying around doing last minute tasks.  We’ve also been doing snow dances every day…and with this dry weather it looks like more dancing is in order if we hope to do any cross country skiing.     Even though it’s only 5 1/2 hours to get to our main home-base it takes us days to arrive.  Many people to visit along the way…since summer

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The Love of Leeks….and dairy free Mashed Potatoes

January 16th, 2013 No Comments

  This is part one of a Love Story of Leeks.   I sometimes refer to my Helpers, my crew, the band of ingredients that are my secret weapons.  Friends I can turn to when something isn’t right—if a sauce is bland, or too bright, or if it has no base flavor—I consult my arsenal of Superheroes.  I have a page with the Helpers List but they need more explanation.  Just like the DC Comics making the movies of the individual

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Caribbean Red Pea Soup

January 10th, 2013 3 Comments

. The foggy night emerged into a sunny day and left behind a Winter Wonderland.  Fern-like crystals of hoar frost on every surface, I had a difficult time keeping my eyes on the road it was so breathtaking.  There is something incredible about the reflected whiteness of snow and frost that helps increase the light and raise our spirits during this season of chill.  We may live in a quieter part of the world, but we do occasionally have frozen

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Winter Kale Salad with Feta

January 3rd, 2013 No Comments

  We rolled home after days of holiday gorging.  Rolled—- it felt literal. After unloading the car the first thing I did was to search the refrigerator for something green…and not the fuzzy varieties that might be lurking in the back.  Vibrant green was what I was aching for, and I found a few leaves of curly kale from the last of the local harvest.  Greenery!   I quickly stripped the leaves off of the stem, added a little water

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Mushroom Walnut Pâté

December 26th, 2012 1 Comment

  . Brown spreadables, they are not the brightest of treats but they pack a load of flavor.  Do not underestimate brownish mushy delights!  This Mushroom Walnut Pâté is another of my dependable and crowd pleasing appetizers for catering and would be perfect for a New Year’s Eve party.  It can be made a few days ahead, it’s tasty and vegetarian, and people love it. . . It uses a method similar to the Savory Pesto Cheesecake post, the soupy mixture cooked

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Riskrem, Risalamande or Risgrynsgröt

December 20th, 2012 5 Comments

  Every year our friend Elisabeth invites us (actually these days we just show up) to her traditional Norwegian Jul dinner on December 24th.  Pork roast, boiled potatoes, cooked cabbage with caraway, meatballs, and the best part of all…the riskrem rice pudding with strawberries.  She hides a whole almond in the pudding and whoever finds it gets a gift, usually chocolate or a marzapan pig.  I adore this rice pudding—creamy and low in sugar, it’s my kind of dessert.  

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