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Karijalan Piirakka

A staple of the Finnish diet (at least mine every day while in Finland) these simple rice and rye pies from Karelia are served everywhere we went, and I never seemed to tire of them. Although now usually bought pre-made, Finns take pride in making the perfect Karijalan piirakka. Ingredients DOUGH: 2 deciliter water (just […]

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Hugs and Quiches

This is a healthy quiche recipe I have developed over time. I cook this often and it lends itself to many variatio­ns. Instructions Crust: 1 cup flour (white or mixed with whole wheat) 1/4 cup milk 1/4 cup light oil Pinch of sea salt Pinch of nutmeg and/or cinnamon (optional) Fillings: vary, see below To […]

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Easy Lamb Chops

Thanks to Judy at Fresh Market for cooking tips. Lamb rib chops 3 per person. Marinate in white wine with mustard and mayonnaise, and rosemary if desired. Grill in pan with just a little olive oil and coarse black pepper, both sides, 5 min per side. Add sea salt while cooking. Fry thinly sliced potatoes, […]

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Finnish Coffee Bread (Nisu or Pulla)

This is my great-grandmother’s recipe. We call it “nisu” but modern Finns call this “pulla” and Swedes know it as “bolla.” Our family came four generations ago from the far north of Finland, and in 1880 there it was still called “nisu” so in our family it is nisu. There are many other ways to […]

Pasta a la Tierra Negra

This is a variation on a German recipe that Leo Henrichs from Tierra Negra served. I was amazed by the flavor of the fresh pasta,­ and also that he was able to prepare it and still have time to play music together. Use the freshest white flour you can find. Ingredients flour 5 eggs mushrooms […]

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Hot Cross Buns

My mother’s recipe, adapted from 1973 flour bag recipe. Ingredients 1 pkg. yeast 1⁄2 c. warm water 1⁄2 c. sugar 1⁄4 c. shortening 1 c. hot milk 2 eggs, beaten 1 tsp. cinnamon 1⁄2 tsp. ground allspice 1 1⁄2 tsp. salt 1 c. currents or raisins 1⁄2 c. citron or candied lemon chunks 5 c. […]

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Carole’s Wood Oven Pizza Crust

Somehow, I’ve never got pizza crust down, and I appreciate visiting friends who do!  This is from Carole Hibbeln in Silver Spring, MD Ingredients 4 cups of flour 1 tsp of salt 1 cup of water 2 tsp of sugar 1 packet of yeast 4 tbsp of parmesan cheese 3 tbsp of olive oil Instructions […]

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Finnish Pinwheel Christmas Tarts

Pinwheel tarts have been a favorite Finnish holiday tradition in my home ever since I remember.  They take some time to put together, and I remember helping my mother fold the pinwheel shapes when I was a very little girl, as my niece and nephew now do.  They are surprisingly delicious. The recipe supplied by my great aunt, ­Saima […]

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Calvados-Laced Squash Soup with Cinnamon and Bay Leaves

Here’s one that’s too time consuming for me, but if you’d like to make it and serve it sometime, I’d be ever so grateful! Ingredients 2 tbs unsalted butter 2 onions chopped 2 cinnamon sticks broken in half 2 bay leaves broken in half 1 tsp coarse salt 1/2 tsp ground black pepper 1/2 cup […]

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Cranberry / Kumquat Sauce

(Submitted by Anne Roos, passed along to her by her friend Sally.) Ingredients 2 bags cranberries 9 oz kumquats trimmed and quartered lengthwise (1 1/2 C) 1 C sugar (lowered from 1 1/2 in original recipe) 2 T finely chopped and peeled fresh ginger root 2 whole star anis 1/4 teasp. salt Instructions Stir together […]