Many people believe that you can just jump into hosting a blog event feet first without the slightest bit of preparation.

I, however, maintain that you need to get into the right mindset and figure out how to identify with the event in question. Do some mental calisthenics, if you will, so that the two of you can become one.

So this morning, upon waking, I offered up a sacrifice to Thor, the Norse God of War. Blasted Aqua’s Barbie Girl as loudly as possible without causing an uprising (really, what were we all thinking making that song a Top 40 hit?!?!?). And risked the entire contents of my bank account by perusing Ikea’s online catalogue (that thing is almost as bad for my monetary health as walking into a used cookbook store is).

My Scandinavian qi is now officially centered. Shall we begin?
First up, we have Kim from Stirring the Pot who brings us Tyler Florence’s version of Swedish Meatballs with Cranberry Sauce and Egg Noodles. She fearlessly braved the many pots and pans that this recipe required and was pleasantly surprised with the results. The meatballs were soft and paired very nicely with the cranberry sauce – a tasty and aesthetically pleasing dish for the holidays!
Reeni, the Comfort Food Queen of Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice has whipped up some delicious Swedish Meatballs that she says are the perfect combination of spicy and tender and are ideal for warming you up on a chilly October day. Can’t argue with that!
Christine of Kits Chow graces our tables today with Jansson’s Temptation, a traditional Finnish or Swedish potato gratin that differs from other gratins in its use of Swedish anchovies. This dish is also on Christine’s list of 100 Things to Cook, which you should all check out if you are looking for some inspiration in the kitchen.
In tribute to her Danish roots, Darlene of Blazing Hot Wok not only chose Scandinavia as the the location for this month’s Regional Recipes but also shares with us this stick-to-your-ribs-good Fried Pork Belly and Potatoes with Parsley Sauce. I can just imagine eating this to warm my bones on a cold winter’s night! Darlene is hosting next month’s round-up so be sure to check her blog for the details on that!
Megan of Adventures of A Part-Time Vegetarian tricks her husband into eating some new (and apparently scary) ethnic food by describing this Hernerakkaa or Finnish Split Pea Soup as “Split Pea Soup with at Least Three New Kinds of Potatoes Which You Liked When My Parents Made It, Remember?”. Thankfully, he liked it and why not – it looks delicious!
TheWoman of The Creative Pot really steps up to the plate by submitting not one. Not two. But FOUR entries. Each of which looks better than the next. Here we have Swedish Meatballs.
Stroganoff with Pickled Cucumbers and Honey.
Jansson’s Temptation.
And Stuffed Beef Rolls. If you weren’t hungry when this all started, you certainly will be after perusing all of her posts!
Graziana of Erbe in Cucina gives us these Stuffed Tomatoes with Blue Cheese. With a combination of my favorite fruit/veggie with my favorite cheese – you can’t go wrong!
Finally, we have my contribution. This hefty Swedish Tea Ring which ended up being the size of a 12-inch pizza and serving at least 20 people. It was truly a tribute to the epic nature of Scandinavian history.

Thank you all for joining me on this culinary tour of Northeast Europe. Next month’s Regional Recipes will be hosted over at Blazing Hot Wok and I have been allotted the much-desired task of choosing our new destination. In lieu of the looming cold temperatures, I propose we go somewhere tropical. Such as….CUBA!! With such delicious and flavorful cuisine as ropa vieja, mojo sauce, and tamales, I think there will be something for everyone to enjoy!

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27 Responses to Regional Recipes – Scandinavia Round Up!!

  1. SE(Denufood) says:

    hi joanne…roundup looks gr8..thanks for stopping by at my blog..i’ve added yours to roll..

  2. Mari says:

    Wow everything looks amazing!

    and hey you are right! We need to hang out very soon =)…maybe something yummy and cheap in the village????

  3. Good Job! I’ve got to try one of those Swedish Meatball recipes. I’ve had them but never made them. And no dammit! Denver does not have an Ikea. One of these days.

    I’m going to start a cooking club. How did you get the word out? Did you just announce it on your blog?

  4. Luigi says:

    I am not sure what is more impressive running 26 miles in 3 hours, or knowing what the word ” calisthenics” actually means. You scare me. lol.

    Great looking recipes though, meatballs and cranberry are the one good thing about getting dragged around Ikea.

  5. Velva says:

    This all looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  6. What a delicious round-up! When does the banquet start? I’ll bring my fork!

  7. Amy says:

    Ah, I think I knew it my heart I wouldn’t be able to get my act together to participate. But I really wanted to. I was “this” close to making some rendition of Swedish Meatballs, but Kim took that one!

    Fabulous round-up. Too many great recipes to add to my already large “must try” stack.

  8. Sophia says:

    Joanne, my head is swimming. Too many delicious recipes! how can I ever choose? I’ll have to check every one of them out one by one…bookmarking! >.<

  9. Darlene says:

    Great round-up! Thanks for hosting!

    Your Swedish tea cake brings back happy memories of eating pasteries in DK. And I’ve never heard of Jansson’s temptation. I love this event because I always learn about something new.

    Good choice with CUBA! I’m looking forward to the submissions.

  10. The Woman says:

    Thanks for a great job in hosting the round-up this month. Looks like Swedish meatballs were a hit all round!

    Cuba sounds like a great destination – looking forward to exploring their recipes.

  11. Nat says:

    What a great compilation Joanne ! I love exploring cousines of other countries… can’t wait for your next culinary tour !

  12. Such delicious entries! You did an awesome job on the round-up! I love the next destination – great pick!

  13. Megan says:

    Thanks for doing the round-up, Joanne! And I love the idea of doing Cuba. 🙂 Your Swedish Tea Ring looks like one awesome beast of a pastry, I’m sticking that guy in the ‘To Do’ bookmarks folder for the next time I need to feed/placate a big group.

  14. Sophie says:

    What a tasty round up this is!! I just love your delicious dish the most!!

  15. Graziana says:

    an incredible set of recipes, it’s morning and I’m craving for a swedish lunch!

  16. Debinhawaii says:

    What a great round-up. I am sorry I didn’t get my act in gear to join you. Your Tea Ring looks huge and delicious! 😉

  17. oh wow this is awesome what a great event will definately join in next month what fun lol Rebecca

  18. Donna-FFW says:

    What a fabulous rundup Joanne, you did a beautiful job. Your next pick is fantastic, cant wait to follow along.

  19. girlichef says:

    I want to go to CUBA!!!! Amazing roundup…why didn’t I join in?? Next time!

  20. teresa says:

    what a fun roundup! i love all the different dishes!

  21. Boy would I love to be at a potluck with all of these great dishes right about now! Everything looks so delicious!

  22. What a terrific round up! I love Scandinavian style of cuisine and wish I knew about it sooner & participated. Your Swedish ring sounds incredible!

  23. gaga says:

    I’ve never cooked Scandinavian. These are some great recipes, maybe I’ll give it a try. Great roundup!

  24. Katy ~ says:

    I’ve always thought of Scandinavian as salted fish and more salted fish (good to see that I was grossly mistaken!). All recipes look delish! I’m an easy touch for the meatballs and the tea ring!

  25. Excellent yummy round up! I hope to join in the next time! 🙂

  26. Kerstin says:

    What a yummy round up, I can’t wait to check out the Cuban recipes!

  27. Kim says:

    Great roundup with lots of different variations. Fried pork belly with potatoes and parsley sauce – yum! That one really catches my attention!

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