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Cream Potato Lefse From 'The New Midwestern Table'

Lefse is a Norwegian flatbread made with potatoes, cream, and a whole lot of care. Prepared and eaten at holiday gatherings, the tender bread requires finesse, experience, and many hands on deck to make properly. But, much like making homemade tortillas, the time and effort is worth it. Amy Thielen's recipe in The New Midwestern Table is a clear, specific, and helpful guideline for those wanting to dip their toes into lefse cookery. More

Old-Fashioned Pounded Cheese With Walnuts and Port Syrup From 'The New Midwestern Table'

Making pounded cheese from Amy Thielen's new cookbook, The New Midwestern Table, was a jump into uncharted territory for me. Dropping blocks of gorgeous aged Cheddar into a food processor was an act of faith. But drizzled with sweet port syrup and chopped walnuts, the final dish is an entertainment-worthy appetizer for any and all cheesehounds. More

Crispy Cabbage With Poppy Seeds From 'The New Midwestern Table'

Amy Thielen's recently released cookbook, The New Midwestern Table, has more than a few recipes involving cabbage. Most are simple, familiar preparations—steamed, simmered, and slawed. But one rendition caught my eye: A crisp, sautéed version flecked with poppy seeds and scented with ginger sounded light, fresh, and a flavorful contrast to a hearty hotdish or roast. More

Classic Chicken and Wild Rice Hotdish From 'The New Midwestern Table'

Before reading Amy Thielen's recently released cookbook, The New Midwestern Table, the one Midwestern dish I had heard of was the hotdish. Thielen's chicken and wild rice hotdish is a fairly simple version, elevated above the canned soup variety with a homemade mornay sauce filled with cream and aged cheese. Earthy wild rice is a welcome companion to the rich sauce, adding texture and color to the casserole. More

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