I had a hankerin' for a simple "Scandinavian" dinner and this is the result of my cravings:
Smoked salmon with homemade dill/yogurt sauce on freshly toasted rye bread; an extra side of smoked salmon; farmer's market beets and parsnips sauteed with garlic and onions in olive oil and rendered duck fat (my new favorite staple); a simple salad of farmer's market Romaine lettuce with extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt & pepper; and a glass of Trader Joe's "Two Buck Chuck" Shiraz wine.
Rye bread from local bakery Cheeseboard, smoked salmon from IKEA's food shop, Greek yogurt seasoned with a little fresh garlic, dried dill weed and seed, mustard seeds, salt & black pepper left to sit for 30 minutes to absorb flavors.
What looked like a regular beet at the farmer's market...
...surprisingly turned out to mimic candy-cane colors on the inside! Now I know it's officially called a Chioggia beet.
For dessert I continued on the grape theme with raisins, along with a handful of Trader Joe's "Dark Chocolate Covered Powerberries," (açaí, pomegranate, cranberry, and blueberry fruit juice pieces). Hot damn!