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Norwegian Butter Cookies

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I didn’t know this was a thing until someone asked me to make them. To me, they’re a lot like those Royal Danish butter cookies you might get as a gift in one of those blue tins. I tried looking into if there is a difference between Norwegian and Danish butter cookies, but couldn’t find anything. I have a sneaking suspicious they’re the exact same thing, but don’t tell the Norwegians or Danes this as they’ll likely get offended by the notion. ;)

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Gingerbread Cookies

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I don’t care what people say, gingerbread cookies are good all year ’round. It would be a crime to limit the consumption of these delicious treats exclusively to the holiday season.

Gingerbread cookies normally require molasses to make, but these don’t. This would be the only recipe I’d ever use it for, so I don’t really want to keep that black glue in my cupboard all the time. I searched long and hard for an alternative recipe that wouldn’t leave me with leftovers of unwanted ingredients, and here it is. Although a bit different, these smell and taste just as delicious as a traditional recipe.

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Perogi

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If you’ve never tried this Polish dish, you really should, it’s delicious. Also known as pierogi, pierogy, perogy, pyrogie, or pyrogy, these are little dough dumplings typically filled with potato and cheese (filling recipe here). They’re then fried up in a pan with butter and onion. You can fill the dough with whatever you like though, lots of people even make dessert perogi – although you should probably skip the onion if you’re going that route. ;)

These a very easy to make, but take a bit of time to pepare since you need to shape them, fill them and then close them up. In my experience you can find these frozen at most grocery stores in Montreal at under $5 a bag, so if you can get your hands on these, the small improvement in flavor is not really worth the time of making these from scratch. But if you’re like me and live in a place where no one’s even heard of perogi, it’s absolutely worth every second of work.

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Orange and Sour Cream Muffins

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I was trying to find a use for a leftover of sour cream and came across this recipe. I’ve been wanting to try something with oranges for a while, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity.

While this will never be one of my favorite recipes, it’s really good simply due to the fact it’s quite different from other ones I’ve collected. It’s nice and tangy, and the sour cream makes these very moist.

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Lemon and Blueberry Muffins

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Yes, those muffins pictured are blueberry, not chocolate. As you can see, there’s a lot of blueberries in these. Combined with the lemon, the blueberry flavor is enhanced even more.

I was very pleased with this recipe, especially considering I originally sought it out so I could use leftover crême fraîche. I’ve made a few lemon muffins and blueberry muffins in the past (which I love) and this was similar to neither of those, and yet that was still a good thing.

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