Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Rommegrot, lefse, and…what?! Yep, it's holiday tradition time! #HomeHolidayHop #nov #asmsg

Thanks for stopping by the hop where we're taking a break from talking romance to talk about FOOD! Yum. Please leave a comment with your email address below to be eligible to win the grand prize giveaway for $450 or a second grand prize of an ebook from each participating author (I contributed "Riptide")--that's 75 ebooks! You'll be set for 2014! 
Also, I'll be choosing one winner from the comments below to receive a $25 Target gift card (USA) or an ebook copy of my novel, KISS ME SLOWLY. (I don't  want to leave out the international visitors!)  

Everyone has their own traditions for the holidays that may make others squint and shake their heads. Although we're all Americans, most of us have dishes that have been passed down to us by our elders that pay tribute to our heritage. At least we do in our family, which always honors our Norwegian ancestors. Twice a year during Thanksgiving and Christmas we indulge in massive sugar overload!

My favorite is Rommegrot (pronouced room-a-groot) or otherwise known as cream mush or Norwegian Christmas Pudding. Yeah, I know the names don't sound appealing, but let me assure you that this is heaven in a bowl. Seriously. Just thinking about it now makes me salivate! Imagine what BLISS would taste like and that will get you close to how delicious this holiday pudding is.

1 quart whole milk
1 cup whipping cream
1 cup butter (the real thing, baby!)
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter (to be used later, bear with me)

Heat milk and cream, being careful not to scorch it. In a separate large, heavy pan, melt butter and flour. Cook about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour milk and cream into the flour/butter mixture. Cook, stirring frequently, until it bubbles and thickens.

Melt the 1/4 cup butter in a separate container.

Stir sugar into the flour/butter/milk/cream mixture until thick. Pour the melted butter on top. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Serve warm.  The key with making this is the constant stirring. It actually doesn't take long at all…but you need to just…keep…stirring.

Rommegrot is amazing…and fattening…but it's the holidays so who cares? Next up is lefse--which always goes along with the above, but is a MESS to make. It always turns into a flour fight at some point.
My daughter's back during lefse making.

 8 cups potatoes, boiled, approx 5 pounds
2 tbsp. salt
2 tsp. sugar
1/2 lb butter
2 1/2 to 3 cups flour
Extra flour to spread on canvas when rolling dough
Rolling pin with stocking cover
Large round grill (they make them especially for lefse)
Flat counter or round lefse board with canvas cover
Lefse stick to pick up and turn lefse cakes

Peel and boil potatoes with salt and sugar. Rice potatoes with the butter while hot and leave to chill. Mix chilled potatoes with flour and make 6 or 8 rolls of dough and keep them refrigerated until rolling. Roll tennis ball-size of dough to a 12 to 14 inch circle on a well-floured canvas-covered board. Transfer to the grill and turn once when side has many browned spots. Keep in a dish towel covered pan until cooled.
My dad making lefse! 

Serve with butter, sugar and/or cinnamon. Roll up and EAT!

There's a reason the Vikings were so hearty! SUGAR overload! 

Now for a taste of my latest romantic suspense, "Reckless Endangerment." It's romance with an edge--wounded Marine, feisty reporter, human trafficking, PTSD--Reviewers have called it an "epic love story" and I must agree. These two characters really stayed with me. 
Here's a taste…

“I have faith in you. It’s me that I’m not so sure about these days.” He peeled the orange without looking at her but knew she paced next to him in the small kitchen.  He chanced a glance up at her and winced at the distant expression on her face.  He hated looking up at her.  Hated it.  He had once been able to lift her up and screw her against the wall if he wanted, but he peeled an orange and wondered what the hell to say next.
It would be easy to let her back in, as easy as breathing. Talking to her felt like a much needed shot of normalcy.  He dropped the orange to the counter.  “You said we don’t know anything about being married and you’re right.  We don’t.  So what do you want?” 
She perched on the counter, her dress rising up her thighs again.  “I’d like to eat the Chinese I brought.  Devon’s picking me up in a few hours. We’re meeting a source in the park at midnight.  There’s someone we need to find...anyway, I needed a break and, for some reason, I thought you’d be a nice change of pace.”
He grinned without looking away from the skin exposed between the hem of her skirt and the top of her boots.  “You dress like this for a source?”
“I dress like this for you.” Her fingers touched his forehead.  “I never really got to dress sexy for you, except in Greece.”
He dragged his gaze over her body before looking in her eyes.  He had no idea what to do with her.  “Who’s Devon?”

“My producer slash photographer.  She’s good...I like her.”  She caught her lower lip between her teeth and stared at him. 
“Meeting a source at midnight sounds dangerous.”  He smiled because he knew it probably was and that she’d always tempt Fate.  People like her ran in when others ran out.  His smile faded at the memory of her running back into the line of fire to save him.  “I thought we were fighting a minute ago, now you want to eat Chinese with me?”
“Yeah, well, I’m unpredictable like that.” She broke the gaze and reached for the bags he hadn’t noticed sitting next to her hip. 
His hand slid up her thigh.  Her skin felt like heaven beneath his hands.  His thumbs pressed against her inner thigh.  Both hands moved up her leg.  He wanted to undress her.  Taste her. 
She opened her legs...just a little...enough.  He pulled her close and kissed her knee.  His hand caressed her thigh beneath the hem of the dress. His fingers skimmed across red silk panties. 
“I don’t want to hurt you and am afraid I might.  PTSD, they tell me in all this therapy they make me do.  I hear stories of men turning on their wives in the middle of the night, being lost in a nightmare and I’m capable of that, Hope. I am,” he said against her skin.
“I can handle you.” She pulled his hair. “Have a little faith.” 
“Do you really want to deal with me?  Isn’t your life complicated enough?” Damn, she felt good.  His hands curved over her hips. 
“Not really.  I’ve been a little bored.”  She slid toward the edge of the counter. 
He didn’t know what he was doing.  Stay.  Go.  Fight.  Flee.  But he did know that this felt right.  Being with her was the only thing in months that felt real, that felt natural.
His fingers slid beneath the panties and pulled them down.  He met her gaze, thumbs pressed against her wetness. 
She bit her lip, eyes alive with a dare. 
“This is crazy,” he whispered without looking away from her.  “You and me together again. It’s not realistic.”
“We’re unconventional, remember?  A colonel and a reporter falling in love in a war zone was pretty unrealistic, too, yet we did it.  We couldn’t get enough of each other, that’s what I remember.”  She slithered her hips closer to the edge of the counter, the heels of her boots resting on the arms of his wheelchair.  “You want to touch me and guess what?  I want you to touch me, too.”
Oh, yeah, he wanted to touch her.  Taste her.  Bite her.  Fuck her.  But if he did any of the things he wanted to do, that would seal the deal, reunite them, and he wasn’t sure he wanted to be anyone’s husband. 
“You’re bad for me.”  He bit her knee while his fingers slid down the zipper of the boot.  “You’re gonna send me over the deep end.  Is that your plan?  To have me committed?”
“I never tell my plans.”  She drank from the bottle of ouzo and he briefly wondered when she’d grabbed it. 
He removed first one boot and then the other until her legs were bared and open in front of him.  He’d always loved her shapely legs, the way the muscles curved, the way her skin felt beneath his fingers.  He ran his hands over them, always so smooth, and cherished her compliance. 
She held the bottle down to him and he took a drink without looking away from her face.  He loved that she was equal parts naughty and nice, half badass and half angel.  The liquor burned his throat, reminded him that he had most definitely survived. 
“I can’t make you any promises,” he said before licking the inside of her thigh.
“I wouldn’t believe them anyway.”

Keep on hopping and commenting with your email address to be eligible to win some great prizes. I'd love to hear about some of your holiday traditions, food related or not. 


Unknown said...

That Christmas pudding sounds good. My tradition is to get egg nog for Christmas Eve each year.


Jennifer W said...

Wow both sound so good! we don't have any recipes that are from a certain part of our heritage, mostly mish mash lol.

Unknown said...

I have special recipes that I concocted for green bean casserole and sweet potato casserole and those are my favorite holiday foods!
What a great giveaway. Being on a fixed income makes spending money almost no existent so, thank you!

Carol A. Strickland said...

Lefse! For some reason when I was a kid in North Dakota, I was all het up to try some. Apparently I'd heard about their decadent goodness from someone(s). Bless her heart, my mother finally relented, found a recipe, and made me some for my birthday. My memory of them: meh. Rather tasteless. Tell me they're great!

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JeanMP said...

That recipe sounds interesting, though have never had it, Norwegian on my father's side, so quite familiar with Lefse.
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Amber Lea Easton said...

Carol Strckland--Lefse is only "meh" without the butter, sugar, and/or cinnamon. :) Give it another try! I think the best part of making lefse is the mess that goes into it. It's fun! Of course, the clean up isn't such a joy but I figure it only happens once a year so it's worth it.

Melanie M said...

Thank you so much for sharing your recipe and for joining the giveaway!

Unknown said...

Pumpkin cookies with white chocolate chips. Yummy. Thank you for the giveaway.

Kera M said...

thanks for the recipe

Unknown said...

My daughter and I started a tradition of decorating sugar cookies the first week of December!! lol..its a start

Unknown said...

Your recipe looks great. YUM

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Missie1 said...

yet again, another recipe I've never heard This really sounds good. Thank you & Happy Thanksgiving.

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Unknown said...

I always make Apple Crisp... I love it... Thanks for being part of the hop.

Unknown said...

Thanks for participating in the blog hop!

JanD said...

The Rommegrot looks yummy.
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joye said...

Thanks for sharing the recipes. They sound delicious.
My favorite cookies to make for Thanksgiving are Pumpkin Nut cookies that have some crushed pineapple in them yummy

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Unknown said...

We make the trip to AZ every other year to see the husband's family.

Anonymous said...

Looks yummy. Thanks for a great post and awesome giveaway!!!!!

Unknown said...

I have not had that pudding before. It looks yum! delphinareadstoomuch at

Cara O said...

We have a family recipe for green jello that we have to make every holiday, the kids eat it all up! thank you for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I'd heard of lefse but not rommegrot--both look delicious! Things sort of vary from year to year, but it doesn't feel like the holidays to me until I make cranberry sauce...


Enchanting Reviews said...

My holiday tradition is for me and my kids to decorate the tree singing Christmas carole's and drink hot chocolate! Your recipes are very intriguing will definitely try them. On another note love the excerpt can't wait to read! Have read Riptide and I loved it! Thanks and have a good thanksgiving!

Michelle Bledsoe said...

Both recipes sound really good. I will be sure and try them.
Our tradition is a Chicken and Sausage gumbo every year. It takes all of us all day long to make it and it's worth it.

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Unknown said...

My fave is paczki (Polish donuts) that we only make twice a year (on Christmas and Fat Thursday).

Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
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Unknown said...

They both sound really good. I know I will be trying the pudding. I'm going to take you at your word on how good it is.
Thank you for sharing and I saved the recipes. I also want to thank you for helping in this giveaway.

Stormy Vixen said...

Sounds different, I am going to have to try that! Books sounds great, too. Thanks for sharing the hop and your giveaway. Wishing you a wonderful and magical holiday season. evamillien at gmail dot com

magic5905 said...

Thanks for the awesome hop.
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SheriV said...

They sound like my type of people

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Mer said...

All that sugar, yum! I love that I'm adding to both my to read list, and my to eat list thanks to this hop.

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Shadow said...

Hi! Love the recipes! There so different and i love the names. They sound really yummy! Great excerpt too! What a tease! Thanks for sharing the recipe and for the awesome giveaway!! Thank you! Happy Thanksgiving!

Natasha said...

Thanks for the recipes and the chance to win!
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Koala Reading Den said...

Now that sounds like great pudding. I have added it to my collection for this year. Thanks for the hop and giveaway. I'm now following via email. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season. koala571 (at) msn (dot) com

BookLady said...

What an interesting holiday recipe! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the great giveaway.

Tina B said...

Those recipes sound intriguing. I have never had either of them. I am all for sugar, though! ;)
Wonderful excerpt! Thank you for sharing and for the great giveaway!
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Daniel M said...

sounds yummy thanks for the givaway! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Unknown said...

These recipes are so different sounding - thank you so much for sharing them!