The what? The who? The snickerdoodle!

No one can bake cookies like Americans can. My first childhood memory of American cookies is forever etched into my memory. Growing up we had some American neighbors. They had this cutest little dog called Snip that I used to walk. One day Snip´s owner rewarded me with a box of chocolate chip cookies. Chocolate chip cookies have ever since been my favorite cookie, I mean, it´s nothing short of a classic.

When I moved to Oklahoma to go to college, I had my second cookie revelation: snickerdoodles. It has nothing to do with Snickers, but everything to do with a sugar and cinnamon crispy/chewy heaven!

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Knekkebrød / The crisp bread: A Scandinavian staple

Knekkebrød, or crisp bread, is said to be over a thousand years old and was one of the foods accompanying the Vikings on their raids. Today it serves as a quick, tasty and healthy breakfast or a between-meals snack. For many, many years I have eaten Wasa´s various crisp breads. It didn´t occur to me that I could bake my own until my mom started baking crisp breads. My family is addicted, so my mom bakes a batch just about every weekend, lasting the entire week. Last weekend I was home, baking with her. 🙂

Good news: you will need few ingredients and the crisp breads almost make themselves. A tiny bit of effort that will be rewarded for the rest of the week.

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Epic cinnamon buns

Epic? You think I might be joking, but I am dead serious. Cut sugar for a whole week to make space in your life for these babies, and prepare for a oh so sweet sugar high… Yup, they´re that good!

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Focaccia to the people!

I have baked a few focaccias in my time. Can´t really brag about any of them though – not until I tried this recipe that is. It is easy and quite quick to make. Well, the actual work involved is quick – as with all yeast-based dough you can´t really rush the rising.

But here´s the real bonus: for everyone out there that hate getting your hands dirty and messy and sticky and yucky – I promise you can make this bread and not get more than ONE finger messy! How is that for breadbaking? Not too shabby, huh?

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Pizza de La Gondola

When I was little and we lived in Stavanger we used to go eat pizza at this restaurant called La Gondola. I have some good childhood memories from this… at least my taste buds do. We always ordered their trademark pizza when we ate there: a calzone with bernaise sauce, steak, bell peppers and mushrooms! Let me just say it and get it over with: YUM! When we moved from Stavanger, my dad brought a piece of La Gondola with us – he started making the steak/bernaise pizza at home, and we never stopped enjoying the pizza. “Our” secret pizza-recipe will hereby be revealed…!

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