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Syrenersaft – Lilac cordial

Shortly after I posted about fläderblomssaft (elderflower cordial) last June, I learned that you can also make a drink out of lilacs, but it was too late. The lilacs were gone. So I have been waiting patiently since last spring for the lilacs to bloom again.  Advertisements

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Nässelsoppa – nettle soup

I hadn’t heard of anything edible being made from prickly, stinging nettles until my first spring in Sweden. My mother-in-law served nettle soup for lunch one day and I loved it. Now I look forward to it every spring and this year I asked her to show me how to make it so I could […]

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Forget s’mores – crisp coconut cookies with toasted marshmallows and nutella

I’m a huge fan of toasted marshmallows. When I was a kid my impatience to eat them meant a perfectly molten middle surrounded by an evenly golden, crisp exterior always escaped me. I usually ended up scorching my marshmallow on at least one side trying to speed up the process by getting it too close […]

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Waffles + The Annunciation = Waffle Day

March 25th is Waffle Day in Sweden and it coincides with Marie bebådelsedag, or the day of The Annunciation. Why? Largely because of variations in the Swedish dialect.

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Semlor/fastlagsbullar/hetvägg

A friend of mine once described the post-semlor feeling as “pleasantly nauseous.” That’s pretty spot on. These monsters are the exception to the typically reasonably sized Swedish pastries. Tied to the fasting tradition of Lent, these cardamom-scented-cream-and-almond-paste-filled-buns-of-excess are most commonly available from the official end of the Christmas season (tjugondag Knut on January 13th) and […]

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Apple salad with balsamic vinaigrette

This is a salad that surprises me. I love it even though it incorporates ingredients I’m typically not a fan of (raisins and raw celery). I first tried this salad back in graduate school. We had great potlucks and even though money was tight for most of us, people always brought something interesting to try. Like […]

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Almond meringues with buttercream filling

I’m not allowed to make these anymore. Not for a while at least because I am incapable of restraining myself. My mother-in-law brought me a batch which I promptly ate within a few days. Then the batch I made disappeared just as quickly. My efforts to thwart my addiction by putting them in the freezer […]

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Blood orange and lavender sorbet

Blood oranges were on special in my local market the other day and I got a great deal on some of the particularly colorful Moro variety. The vibrant juice makes a stunning vermillion-colored sorbet. In thinking about what to pair with the blood oranges I remembered the lavender that has been burning a hole in […]

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Valentine’s Day (Alla Hjärtans Dag) – raspberry lingonberry smoothie

Pink, pink, pink. I have just come off of a pink high for my 5 year-old’s princess birthday party and now it’s nearly Valentine’s Day which means more pink. My mother reminded me that I wasn’t a fan of pink or hearts as a little girl but now that I have two girls of my […]

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Crisp coconut cookies with fleur de sel

Five ingredients, easy to make, gluten-free, and addictive. This is a recipe I come back to again and again despite the fact I typically lack the patience for the monotonous repetition of baking cookies. These couldn’t be easier to make and are a great baking project to do with kids.

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