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A Scandinavian Hamburger Story: Danish Hakkebof with Soft Onions

Posted October 28, 2011 | 12:21:44 (EST)

The history of the hamburger is still a matter of much dispute. There are several different versions of historical origins, and I honestly have no idea which is the correct one. But, one of the legends is that the hamburger was invented by a Danish butcher's apprentice in the U.S. around...

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Culinary Woodstock at MAD Foodcamp

Posted August 30, 2011 | 10:57:09 (EST)

This past weekend saw the first annual MAD Foodcamp staged in the Danish capital of Copenhagen. A nerdy Woodstockish foodie festival and conference that showcased some of the most in vogue gastronomy profiles in the world.

MAD Foodcamp is the...

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Eating Death In Denmark

Posted May 24, 2011 | 09:24:10 (EST)

NaCl is a Scandinavian collective of cooks that take haute cuisine experiments out of the high tech kitchens and onto the customer's plates. I sat down at the table at one of their latest events at a ghost haunted medieval castle and came back with memories of a culinary rollercoaster...

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Smoked Salmon Butter

Posted March 18, 2011 | 10:17:40 (EST)

I am very passionate about classic and contemporary Scandinavian food, but I do actually wander off and cook things from other cultures quite often. But every time I do, I realize that I (perhaps subconsciously) tend to incorporate a few typically Scandinavian ingredients into the original recipe. Sometimes the result...

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Smooth Cauliflower Soup With Smoked Salmon And Arugula

Posted February 18, 2011 | 10:40:16 (EST)

Remember how you for some reason hated cauliflower when you were a kid? Well, hate no more. This wonderful member of the Brassicae-family is almost the ultimate ingredient in a blended soup such as this one -- with a combination of flavors that are destined to be perfect together.

First,...

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Enchanting Cloudberries

Posted February 11, 2011 | 15:20:33 (EST)

When I was a kid, THE main event of the year was the annual ski trip. It was the one I looked forward to the rest of the year, and my family's favorite place for skiing was (and still is) Åre, a picturesque little mountain village situated in Jämtland right...

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The Ultimate Swedish Meatballs

Posted January 25, 2011 | 16:53:43 (EST)

Any self-respecting Scandinavian food writer must have a good Swedish Meatballs recipe. We are after all talking about a dish that can only be described as The King Of Swedish Cuisine. Brought to the world - in a horrible version - by Swedish furniture giant IKEA, there is much more...

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Soccer And Hash At The Mill

Posted January 14, 2011 | 10:07:50 (EST)

One of my favorite past times when I visit Stockholm is to watch "my" soccer team Hammarby play. The club is absolutely legendary in Sweden, and has its roots firmly placed in the historically poor southern parts of the Swedish capital. A working class club by tradition, and...

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Spinach And Ricotta Gnocchi With Parma Ham

Posted January 8, 2011 | 12:05:56 (EST)

I believe that the special qualities in Scandinavian cooking are some of the same qualities that are attributed to Italian cuisine. A very deep respect for local produce. An honest cooking process. The use of natural preservatives and a simplistic approach to combining flavors and textures.

Yes, Scandinavian...

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A Simple Compromise: The Danish New Year Cake

Posted December 28, 2010 | 18:10:29 (EST)

Obviously, any relationship consisting of two alive homo sapiens is bound to run into situations where the background and traditions of each individual collide and cause more or less heated discussions. "That's the way my family always did it, and that's the way I'll keep doing it"...

But if you...

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Christmas Fullness And The Sexiest Potatoes Alive

Posted December 22, 2010 | 11:06:09 (EST)

Before I met my Danish wife, I was convinced that the highest level of "fullness" a man could reach was through the Swedish Christmas dinner. In my world, three hours of constant buffet eating had to be the most heavy and numbing food experience anyone could be exposed to. A...

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Janssons Temptation: Star Of The Swedish Christmas Smorgasbord

Posted December 17, 2010 | 09:20:36 (EST)

An ultra classic Swedish dish, one of my personal favorites and an absolute legend on the Swedish Christmas table. Say hello to Janssons Frestelse - Janssons Temptation. This lovely fella is essentially a potato gratin, topped with crispy breadcrumbs, soft on the inside and spiced up with small pickled sprats...

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Saint Lucia Day And Swedish Lussebullar

Posted December 13, 2010 | 10:14:48 (EST)


December 13th is the date when children across Sweden dress up in white sheets, set their heads on fire (they actually don't, they just put flaming candles in their hair) and parade through the city singing Christmas carols. Welcome to Lucia, a slightly weird but beautiful winter celebration, deeply rooted...

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Swedish Hasselback Potatoes: The Comeback

Posted November 30, 2010 | 13:00:55 (EST)

It's the mid '80s at the Bergmans back in Stockholm. We are expecting dinner guests. Mom and Dad take turns in the kitchen, running back and forth between the stove, dining room and bedroom trying to perfect both their own outfits, the food and the table decoration at the same...

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The Story Of The Best Shrimp Toast In The World

Posted November 18, 2010 | 11:50:41 (EST)

1956. Skagen. The northernmost tip of Denmark. This quaint little town, known for its geographical location in the middle of two great seas and its artistic heritage, is hosting a regatta with participants from several countries. One of the skippers is The Godfather of modern Swedish cuisine, Tore Wretman onboard...

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Honest Cooking And The New Nordic Cuisine

Posted November 11, 2010 | 10:24:49 (EST)

When Copenhagen restaurant Noma was named The Best Restaurant In The World earlier this year, it created quite a stir. A Danish restaurant, the best in the world? Serving Scandinavian food? Contemporary Scandinavian food - of course - but anyway. Not French or Italian. Not Spanish or Japanese....

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