Preserved lemons give this dish a complex brightness. Although they require very little prep time, they do need to steep in their brine for at least 10 days. Don't let that stop you from making this recipe; store-bought preserved lemons are available at many specialty food markets and kalustyans.com.
If you don't have access to an elderflower bush in bloom, all is not lost: Simply beat the cream with one cup St-Germain (elderflower) liqueur, the lemon, and 1/4 cup (instead of 1/2 cup) confectioner's sugar.
Baking whole shallots wedged in a bed of salt insulates them a bit from the heat so they turn very soft and creamy inside. Don't worry that they'll be overly salty; in fact, they'll be seasoned just right. Serve this creamy condiment with Spiced Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder.
Glogg is essentially a warmed punch made with an infused distilled spirit such as vodka or aquavit as well as fortified wine -- that is, wine that's had extra alcohol added. The infusion needs to steep for a week, so factor that into any party plans.
This starter, named for a fishing port in northern Denmark, was created by Swedish restaurateur Tore Wretman in 1958. Its appeal remains fresh and modern. If there is an Ikea near you, swing by to pick up the precooked small Swedish shrimp available there; they are a real taste of Sweden.
Simple ingredients -- potatoes, eggs, cream, and gravlax, which is salmon cured with salt and sugar -- add up to a dish that manages to be homey and elegant at the same time. A simple salad of lightly dressed lettuce sets it off beautifully.