Category Archives: Scandinavian

Swedish Jitterbug Cookies

I’m getting my Christmas baking started, and I want to try some new cookies this year.  I’m going to post them as I bake them.  I’m trying cookies from different cookbooks.

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These Swedish Jitterbug Cookies come from Swedish Cakes and Cookies by Skyhorse Publishing.  These are tasty cookies, but they are a bit messy to make.  The recipe in this book calls for one egg yolk in the dough, but you must put two egg yolks in the dough or your dough will not roll.  It’s better though because you use two egg whites for the meringue so waste not want not.

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These cookies have a nice buttery shortbread taste and a sweet chewiness from the meringue.  They are addictive!

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Sweets Week: Day 3: FIKA

FIKA is a Swedish coffee shop that makes its own pastries in house.  While I don’t drink coffee, I do eat pastries.  And the pastries here are delicious.  They are Swedish-inspired like almond marzipan pastry and Swedish cinnamon buns.  I got the almond marzipan pastry, the graham cracker chocolate with hazelnut cream filling and a chocolate spice biscotti.   They also have chocolate truffles in flavors like lingonberry.  In addition to the selection of Swedish pastries, they also have chocolate chip cookies, brownies and croissants, and they serve food.  While you can sit in FIKA, it is small and has the feel of a takeout coffee shop rather than a place to sit and linger.  All of these treats were delicious, but my favorite was the firm yet chewy biscotti.

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6 Cool Cucumber Recipes

Here are 6 cucumber recipes that I have recently made.  I’ve been on a cucumber kick lately.  I love cucumbers because they are a great source of water and fiber.  They help keep you hydrated in the hot weather.  Plus, they are a healthy and tasty vegetable.   These recipes are delicious and highly recommended.

1.  A tomato and cucumber salad with fleur de sel from My Kitchen Antics.  I really enjoyed the clean freshness of the salad, the bit of tang from the lime and saltiness from the fleur de sel.

photo used with permission of My Kitchen Antics

photo used with permission of My Kitchen Antics

2.  A refreshing spa water made of cucumbers, lemon and mint from Food Folks and Fun will keep you cool and help you detox from too much ice cream!

photo used with permission of Food Folks and Fun

photo used with permission of Food Folks and Fun

3.  Scandinavian cucumber salads, one sweet and sour and one with dill from Outside Oslo.  Sweet-and-sour cucumber salad is one of my favorite cucumber salads, so I really enjoyed this one.

photo used with permission of Outside Oslo

photo used with permission of Outside Oslo

4.  Sweet and spicy cucumber salad from A Teaspoon of Happiness adds a bit of heat to the usual cool cucumber salad, and I liked the change.

photo used with permission of A Teaspoon of Happiness

photo used with permission of A Teaspoon of Happiness

5.  Classic cucumber salad with sour cream from Cookistry.  This is one of my favorite cucumber salads.

photo used with permission of Cookistry

photo used with permission of Cookistry

6. Cucumber salad with yogurt and mint from the Baker Chick. I really liked this salad. I adjusted it a bit and added more of all the ingredients and used zero-fat yogurt, but I didn’t use garlic at all. This is refreshing, and that amount of sour cream is just enough to make it creamy.

photo used with permission of the Baker Chick

photo used with permission of the Baker Chick

Cool Food Blog

Outside Oslo is a very cool food blog by an American of Norwegian heritage, Daytona Strong.  The blog features traditional recipes like her great-grandma’s waffles, recipes for holidays like this cake for Norwegian Constitution Day (Syttende Mai, or May 7) or seasonal recipes like rhubarb soup for spring, as well as anecdotes and stories.  I’d like to try this Scandinavian Potato, Egg, and Dill Salad for a summer barbecue.

Review & Giveaway of New York Sweets: A Sugarhound’s Guide to the Best Bakeries, Ice Cream Parlors, Candy Shops, and Other Emporia of Delicious Delights

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New York Sweets: A Sugarhound’s Guide to the Best Bakeries, Ice Cream Parlors, Candy Shops, and Other Emporia of Delicious Delights by Susan Meisel, published by Rizzoli on April 2, 2013, is a comprehensive listing of all the places to get your sugar fix in NYC.  Whether you are an ice cream person, a bakery person or a candy person, there is something in this book for you.  Personally, I tend to lean toward ice cream and bakeries.  The book includes some of my faves:  Doughnut Plant, Jacques Torres, Payard, Villabate, L’arte Del Gelato, Sockerbit, Tea & Sympathy, Vosges, Ferrara and Van Leeuwen. This is one of those books I wish I had written!  The book is divided into neighborhoods, so you can do a sweets tour in each NYC ‘hood!  I want to try Puddin’ on St. Mark’s Place–a shop with puddings and toppings.  There’s plenty of eye candy in the hardcover book with color photos of goodies from all the shops listed and recipes for you to try at home.

If you are in New York and have never been, the Rizzoli Bookstore on 57th Street is worth a trip.  I love this store.  Rizzoli has wonderful art and photography books and a great international magazine section.

You can win a copy of this fun book by entering the giveaway.  If you win, Rizzoli will ship you a free copy of New York Sweets: A Sugarhound’s Guide to the Best Bakeries, Ice Cream Parlors, Candy Shops, and Other Emporia of Delicious Delights by Susan Meisel.

To enter the giveaway:

Leave a comment below, answering this question:

What is your favorite sweet shop or bakery?  (It doesn’t have to be in New York).

For additional entries, become a fan on Facebook or sign up for my Tweets on Twitter and let me know you signed up in a separate comment.  One winner will be chosen at random and announced on Friday, April 12.  Contest closes on Thursday, April 11 at 12 PM EST.  (Rizzoli will ship the book to the winner.  U.S. residents only.)  Winner will be contacted via email, so please be sure to include your email address in the field when you leave your comment (it will not be visible to the public).  Good luck!

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Swedish and Norwegian Christmas Fairs

This weekend, the Swedish Seamen’s Church and the Norwegian Seamen’s Church in Manhattan are holding their annual Christmas fairs.  I hit the Norwegian fair first.  This one’s a little off the beaten path on E. 52nd Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues.

Have some glogg, available in the foyer, as you watch the train.

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In the main room, there are knitted goods, Christmas decorations, Scandinavian food, baked goods, raffles and a cafe with open-faced sandwiches.

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There were many cookies to choose from, including pepparkakor and krumkake.

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I bought almond tea cakes that are quite yummy.

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The Swedish Seamen’s Church is in the heart of the city, on E. 48th Street near Fifth Avenue.  The space was a little smaller here, so it seemed more crowded.  They also had Christmas decorations and baked goods.  If you’re looking for more Scandinavian food items, the Norwegian church is the better bet.  Here, there were baked goods, including cardamom buns, limpa bread, finskar pinnar and more.  I got cinnamon buns.

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If you want to catch one of the fairs, or both, they go through Sunday evening.

Sweets Week: Day 3: Sockerbit

There’s more to Swedish candy than Swedish fish (though I’m a big fan of these).  At Sockerbit‘s West Village location, I got a bag of Swedish sweets:  Swedish berries both tart and sweet and some coated with sugar, vanilla and strawberry marshmallows (some in mushroom shapes), pony-shaped gummies, strawberry lollipops that promise never-ending flavor and yogurt-covered coconut.  Licorice is popular here, but I’m not a fan so I stuck to what I like best.  (For fans, the licorice comes in sweet and salty varieties.)

Verdict:  Love the slight tartness of the flat Swedish berries, my favorite of the sampling.  The yogurt-covered coconut was another fave.  All were fresh and chewy.

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