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Swedish Kanelbullens Dag

By Patrice Johnson | October 1, 2013

Photo: swedennewyork

Ask most Swedes to name a baked goodie that epitomizes their homeland and they will choose cinnamon buns. There is a national fixation on the treat. Cinnamon buns are the cornerstone of Swedish baking, so much that even children sell them for good causes. Marcus has more of a savory tooth than sweet, but one of his favorite foods growing up were his mother and grandmother’s cinnamon buns.  Read More

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The Sense of Morels

By Patrice Johnson | June 7, 2013

Morels

Morels, mushrooms, fried morels, spring vegetables, healthy

“These are really good,” my coworker spoke quietly, “Don’t tell anyone I gave them to you,” he added as he glanced around nervously. He pressed a brown bag into my hands and backed out of my office.

At home I opened the bag and golden morels spilled out on to the counter. The spores were aliens; scary creatures of mystery but not intrigue. In my early years, mushrooms represented the dark, dank unknown. I stored the fungi in the refrigerator until I was able to forget their existence, and eventually they were pitched. Read More

Food Stories

The New Nordic Movement

By Patrice Johnson | March 21, 2013

Photo: Alice Saunders

It was rather embarrassing realizing I hadn’t been practicing what I’d been preaching. Winter was waning and I’d spent the better part of it burying myself under Thai takeout and deli pizzas. It was like coming up for air, fragrant caraway and dill scented air, as I returned to a New Nordic state of mind. Not familiar with New Nordic cuisine? It is the sexy coupling of Scandinavian philosophies and France’s Slow Food movement. Read More

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Book Club Shares Stories and Food from “Yes, Chef”

By Patrice Johnson | January 18, 2013

Yes, Chef Book Party

Knowing what a Nordic food geek and Marcus Samuelsson devotee I am, my sister invited me to visit her book club last week when they discussed Samuelsson’s memoir, “Yes, Chef.” I trekked to Gaylord, Minnesota for an afternoon of good food and lively discussion. We cooked from Samuelsson’s most recent cookbook, “New American Table,” and our menu included a seared tuna glazed with maple-Dijon glaze, curried pear-potato salad, and apple cake. Read More

Events

Glad Lucia Dag! Happy St. Lucia Day

By Patrice Johnson | December 13, 2012

Photo: lucia atelier

Glad Lucia Dag! On December 13 we celebrate St. Lucia Day with saffron buns. Although Advent begins prior to St. Lucia Day, Lucia is a tangible kick off to the coming holiday season. At dawn on December 13, traditional Swedish families awake to the procession of St. Lucia complete with songs and children dressed as St. Lucia and her court. Lucia, the martyred Saint of Light, provides light during the dark season, and saffron buns are the traditional breakfast served with hot coffee and other baked goods. Read More

Food Stories

Time to Kräftskiva! A Traditional Swedish Party

By Patrice Johnson | August 7, 2012

Crayfish

The slaughter, the carnage, the aftermath: nothing prepared me for my first Kräftskiva (Crayfish Fest). I hustled trays and trays of the blood red beasts to our hungry guests. The bugs disappeared as quickly as I set the platters down. Two hundred happy eaters slurped and sucked, and collectively discarded empty scarlet carcasses amass. Several Swedish drinking songs and many shots of snaps later the diners slowly wobbled out into the warm August night, some still singing, some still dancing, and all of them smiling. Read More

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Peak Performance: The Food Swedes Eat

By Patrice Johnson | August 6, 2012

Photo: autonome

Photo: autonome

With the Swedes dominating over the British in a surprise sailing victory on Sunday, it begs a question for this foodie, “Was it something they ate?”

When friends visit Sweden and ask if there’s anything they can bring back for me, I always ask for the same things: Cheez Doodles, ättika (vinegar much higher in acidity than available in America), and bittermandel (bitter almond extract). Not exactly icons of healthy foodways. Read More

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Whether it’s finding the best goat tacos in LA, spotting a well-worn vintage bag in Sweden, or interviewing the “crab man” selling seafood on a corner in Harlem, we tell stories seen from Chef Marcus Samuelsson‘s point of view. MarcusSamuelsson.com strives to create conversations about food, nutrition, culture, art, and design. We want to find Read More

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