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Meet Smørrebrød, the Best Sandwich You're Not Eating

Lined up in café windows, served in specialty restaurants, and packed into their very own lunch boxes, sandwiches are everywhere in Denmark. They're piled high with pickled herring, spoonfuls of sharp horseradish cream, and mounds of fresh shrimp. But forget what you think you know about sandwiches; these guys are in a different class entirely. Allow me to introduce you to Denmark's—and my—favorite meal: smørrebrød. More

How to Make the Best Swedish Meatballs

Swedish meatballs, stars of 1960s-era cocktail parties and IKEA shopping trips, are, on the surface, pretty simple: a mix of pork and beef that's lightly spiced and served with a rich gravy. Getting them just right, though, requires some fine-tuned tinkering. Here's our ultimate version, as good on a plate with buttery potatoes and lingonberry jam as speared on a toothpick. More

Juicy and Tender Swedish Meatballs With Rich Gravy

Swedish meatballs, stars of 1960s-era cocktail parties and IKEA shopping trips, are, on the surface, pretty simple: a mix of pork and beef that's lightly spiced and served with a rich gravy. Getting them just right, though, requires some fine-tuned tinkering. Here's our ultimate version, as good on a plate with buttery potatoes and lingonberry jam as speared on a toothpick. More

Helga's Meatballs and Gravy With Carrot-Apple Mashed Potatoes From 'Marcus Off Duty'

There's a reason why these meatballs have a permanent place on the menu at Marcus Samuelsson's Harlem hotspot, Red Rooster, and why they get mentioned in nearly every review of the place: his grandmother was on to something. In an act of kindness, he shares the recipe—her recipe—in his new cookbook, Marcus Off Duty, and it's a winner. More

First Look: Aska, Fredrik Berselius's New Tasting and Bar Menus in Williamsburg

For some, Aska might resonate as an encore performance from chef Fredrik Berselius, who was at the helm of this year's much-applauded pop-up, Frej. For this project, however, the chef (whose resumé includes stints at at Aquavit, Per Se, and Corton) is joined by Atera alum Rockey who has taken on the roll of general manager. The Williamsburg restaurant will offer a $65 six-course tasting menu Sunday through Thursday, as well as a bar menu. More

6-Course Scandinavian Meal with Björn Schmidt in Berlin

We attended a meal by Björn Schmidt, a Swedish ad agency refugee turned Berlin supper club chef. Together with a few friends, he operates one of Berlin's more popular clubs, RollinRestaurant. "My mission is to open the eyes of Germans to Scandinavian cuisine. When I say Scandinavian or Nordic, people say 'Well, I tried that at Ikea,' and that is not how I want Scandinavian cuisine to be defined." More

Spice Hunting: Cardamom

Compared to cardamom, no other spice more completely captures the essence of the exotic. No other ingredient could make a peasant's mash of legumes and onions taste like food royalty. Even to its culinary home, cardamom's perfume is lavished on dishes as a way of making even mundane foods something completely different. More

Seriously Scandinavian: Swedish Meatballs

Where do you start a journey through the Scandinavian kitchen? Well, perhaps with the most iconic Scandinavian dish of them all. Swedish meatballs. Now, first of all, we need to settle something: Mom's meatballs are always the best in the world. Regardless of the Mom. And perhaps even regardless of the meatballs. Just like Italian sons and daughters have their mother's cooking as a frame of reference for good food, Mom's meatballs have the same function in Sweden. More

Aquavit Primer: the Scandinavian Spirit

Derived from the Latin aqua vitae, or water of life, aquavit has been made throughout northern Europe for centuries. Typically made from grain or potato spirits, aquavit may be flavored with a number of different botanicals, giving the spirit a savory, herbaceous character. Caraway is one defining example, though aquavit may also include dill, fennel, clove, cardamom and other herbs and spices. More

Ikea Groceries: Some Assembly Required

Food is an integral part of the Ikea experience. For many people, myself included, the trip begins with a helping of steam-table meatballs and ends with a 50¢ hot dog. Somehow, though, the little grocery store just past the checkout never gets much love. The lure of the wiener stand, presumably, is too great. But I was curious. Since everything else in my kitchen comes from the Scandinavian megastore, it seemed logical to slap some Ikea food on my Ikea plates. So, with the Swedish Chef as my muse, I decided to see what I could assemble from Ikea's grocery offerings.... More

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