Fyrstekake (Norwegian Cardamom-Almond Tart)

Becky and I are baking together again.  This month we’re sharing Scandinavian holiday recipes.  Becky is Swedish and I am 1/4 Norwegian.  And proud of it! My maternal grandfather was full Norwegian.  His father was in immigrant from Karmøy, a small island southwest of Haugesand.  We were lucky to be able to visit Norway, including […]

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Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Desserts

Three days until Turkey Day!  I’m hosting my husband’s family this year.  They don’t know it yet, but I’m doing a gluten-free menu.  I think they’ll love it.  I’ve been experimenting with my recipes to get everything just right. The one thing I haven’t decided on yet is dessert.  My mother-in-law is bringing a big […]

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July 4th BBQ Ideas

I’m so last-minute when it comes to holiday planning.  My kids are super excited for the 4th of July this year.  They know it means swimming with the cousins, tasty food and fireworks.  (We are a family of certified pyrotechicians, so fireworks are usually extra special.)  But I haven’t really thought much about what to […]

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Oat and Irish Butter Shortbread Cookies Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day

These tasty, melt-in-your-mouth butter shortbread cookies are based on my grandmother’s shortbread cookies recipe. I’ve used grass-fed butter from Ireland and oat flour to give these cookies a little Irish flair. My daughter came home from school yesterday asking me if leprechauns were real and “what do snakes have to do with St. Patrick’s Day […]

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Butternut Squash Bake with Cranberries and Apples

Butternut Squash, Cranberry and Apple Bake

This Butternut Squash Bake with Cranberries and Apples wants to be the star of your Thanksgiving or holiday table. Loaded with seasonal flavors, it’s sure to be a hit with one and all. Awhile back I was part of a cooking club that met monthly. It was such a fun group and everyone always went all […]

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Pfeffernusse Cookies

Classic Pfeffernusse Cookies | CafeJohnsonia.com

Pfeffernusse cookies are a family favorite recipe lightly adapted from my very favorite cookbook, Joy of Cooking. The pfeffernusse are lightly sweet, spicy, chewy, and utterly delicious. Christmas cookies are wonderful, aren’t they? Baking favorite recipes together is one of my very favorite parts of the holidays. My husband is the first one who introduced […]

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