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.
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!