Archive for the ‘Dessert’ Category

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

March 25th, 2015 3 Comments

  It’s now day five after making these cookies and the one I just ate was still soft and delicious.  Who needs flour?!?  The most difficult part is that I’m trying to save some for a sister’s get-together later this week and I’m really not so sure any will be left.  Good thing nobody knows that I made them and no one will know what was missed.  Shhhh…     I did the final mixing with my hands since the egg takes

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Faroe Island Oat Cake

January 13th, 2015 No Comments

    On my way to bed recently I happened to glance at this window…what an incredible creation!  The streetlight gives the orange hue, but the morning sunlight would erase this temporary masterpiece so there was to be no waiting until daylight.  I know that my frosted marvels are indicative of poorly insulated windows in an old house, but at this moment it was a wonder to behold.     Playing with the hue… Did you know there is a Guide to

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Sweet Soup (Søtsuppe)

December 16th, 2014 No Comments

    “When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson. . This week’s quote can be taken different ways, but it seemed good for the long nights of the solstice season.  Our weather pattern has been stuck in a dreary, foggy, drabness for the last week and I’ve kept my colored holiday lights on all day just to have some hue in my life other than gray.  November and December have reversed themselves and we have no bright snow

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Thanksgiving Flashback

November 13th, 2014 1 Comment

  I often trot through our nearby wooded parks and recently stumbled upon this fire pit.  Most of our trails were built by volunteers in the mountain biking community…can you tell?  Knowing some of this crew I would guess this pit will be used well into the winter months, for “neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” …or at least from having fun in the woods with their buddies.  

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Tarragon Sugar and a Faroe Islands dinner

September 23rd, 2014 8 Comments

… Fresh tarragon with sugar was not my original idea, but reading it in a menu convinced me this was the meal I wanted to attempt to recreate for a Scandinavian dinner for my friend Dennis, the generous Dane who loves to host elaborate festivities. The Faroe Islands were the geographical highlight of this year’s feast, small bits in the North Atlantic between Norway, Scotland and Iceland, an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark.  Puffin, seal and whale blubber are common foods eaten there…but we

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Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

May 29th, 2014 No Comments

  With cooking I find it easy to maneuver my way around, look at recipes to get ideas then going my own route by having a basic understanding of the ‘laws of cooking’.  Baking, however, is another story entirely.  I seem to have the need to relearn the lesson that I am not very adept at the chemistry of sugar or flours or eggs, and that I still need to behave and have patience and follow some recipes to get a better understanding.  I

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Ostkake (Swedish Cheesecake)

December 4th, 2013 2 Comments

  I love this plate.   Ost = cheese Kake or kaka = cake   Ostkaka (or ostakaka) was the Swedish cheesecake dessert we served at my friend’s Surströmming party (sour herring).  It’s another understated but surprisingly addictive Scandinavian dessert…fresh-cheese with eggs and sugar.   My friend gave me this recipe from a 1927 Swedesburg Cookbook and I swapped out the flour with rice flour but no one noticed. Here are more early 1900’s Scandinavian Recipes from the Centennial Church Cookbooks in Nebraska and Iowa.  

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Balsamic Maple Walnuts

September 24th, 2013 3 Comments

  It’s time for a little image-tribute to the last days of summer and the radiant color of its bounty.  These are two photos from my friend David Cavagnaro of Pepperfield Project.  I never tire of looking at his pictures.  He photographs using only natural light, calling himself “stubbornly anti-technological” but the results are brilliant.     “We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry.” .

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Sweet Potato Pancakes

April 9th, 2013 No Comments

  In 2009 my friend Liz gave me the book The Artist’s Way.  It was the perfect moment in my life for such an undertaking and I dove into it headfirst, letting it do its magic on me. .   The Artist’s Way is a workbook by Julia Cameron (author, teacher, playwright, filmmaker, composer) about unblocking the Creative—a 12-week program of readings and art-homework to help people retrieve and nourish their inner Artist.  The backbone of her process is the practice

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Riskrem, Risalamande or Risgrynsgröt

December 20th, 2012 3 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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