Lefse – A Family Tradition

When Mr. Foodie met my maternal grandparents for the first time, my grandma pulled out her lefse griddle for us. My grandma’s family came from Norway, and with them they brought lefse — a norwegian flatbread most often made with leftover mashed potatoes. To me, lefse resembles a pancake or tortilla, but it is also…

Mother’s Day Baking

How was your mother’s day? Different than normal, I bet. Normally we’d try to take our mothers somewhere fun—like Bull Run Winery for wine or the Hillwood Estate for tea. This year, I turned to baking our mothers’ favorite cakes for them because just handing over our gifts didn’t seem like enough to fill the…

A Drink, Dessert, and Dinner: Coping with Quarantine

What are you doing to cope with quarantine? I find I’m drawn to posts that pose this question. I will read every comment in reply and generally marvel at all the interesting things people are doing. I’m most envious of all the comments about cooking and baking. It seems that for many people this quarantine…

Fattigmands – Poor Man’s Bread

As I mentioned in a previous post, most of my baking these days gets shipped to my grandparents who are isolated for Covid-19 and love getting mail (and treats!). My grandfather actually requested this recipe – Fattigmands Norwegian (otherwise known as Poor Man’s Bread or Cake) which he said his mother used to make for…

Quarantine Baking

Those of you who know me know that it has been a rough month for my family. Mr. Foodie fell ill with what we feared was Covid-19 only to get a negative test after 12 days of having, we suspect, bacterial pneumonia, and we lost my paternal grandfather (age 92) this week. I find that…