Starters & Party Snacks

Smoked Salmon and Quinoa Sliders with Herbed Sour Cream

These mini sliders are an addictive little patty packed with protein and vitamin-rich salmon and quinoa, perfect for special weekday lunches or substantial party snacks.

Smoked Trout Bruschetta with Fennel Dill Slaw

This appetizer comes together quickly and easily. The fennel dill slaw is the true star here, and often I’ll prepare it as a simple salad to start a meal. Toasted slices of baguette are lathered with creme fraiche, then topped with smoked trout — or smoked salmon if you prefer…

Hazelnut Lemon Thyme Crackers

This simple cracker recipe is essentially a savory twist on the old-school refrigerator cookie—as easy as it gets. Different types of thyme can be used for slightly different flavors. I have regular thyme, lemon thyme and even lime thyme in my garden…

Crisp Freekeh Zucchini Cakes

Here’s my advice: Make a double batch of these addicting whole-grain patties; they’re a crowd pleaser. They’re wonderful warm with a sprinkling of finishing salt, or served alongside a hearty soup for a light lunch or dinner…

Serinakaker

Butter for Christmas cookies
would have been special,
something to savor…

Berlinerkranser (Berlin Wreath Cookies)

Norwegians have a tradition known as the syv slags kaker, or seven sorts of cookies: you wouldn’t be a proper Norwegian if you didn’t have seven types of cookies to serve at Christmastime…

Sirupssnipper

Adapted with permission from Thanks for the Food: The Culinary Adventures of an American in Norway, by Whitney Love…

Tzatziki

The wonderful one-two punch of this popular yogurt dip unites garlicky pungency with the deeply cooling effect of fresh herbs…

Korean Banchan

Serves 4 | start to finish: 25 minutes

Korean side dishes, called banchan, bring endless variety to even the simplest meal. Served in small bowls, set in the center of the table, banchan are meant to be shared and replenished when empty…

Amanda’s Cumin-Crusted Cornbread

Amanda Bevill swears her husband married her for this cornbread. It has a coarse texture, moist interior, and spectacular crust. Make sure to preheat your skillet to ensure the best bottom crust…

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