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A northern land boasting endless summer nights, 60,000 lakes, and dense fir forests edged by golden rye fields, Finland is neither Scandinavian nor Slavic. Instead, its roots are independent and tribal, dating back 10,000 years. Today, while forestry and farming remain strong industries, Finland leads the Nordic countries in high tech savvy. Finland’s cuisine overlaps Sweden’s. Think of the smorgasbord with abundant hot and cold dishes, meatballs, fish pudding, and crayfish. Poor for centuries, with farms and forests supplying most foodstuffs, Finns also enjoy lingonberries, cloudberries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, currants, and gooseberries making them into jams, wines and juices, along with apples and pears, wild mushrooms, venison, and freshwater fish. Finns also love dairy products from maitoa (milk) to piima (buttermilk), and sour cream. Karelia, Finland’s eastern district seized by the Soviet Union in 1949 has provided distinctive dishes such as Karjalanpiirakat, flat, rice-filled, rye-crust pastries.
 

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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Home Town: Joensuu, Pohjois-Karjala, Finland
Living In: Ylämylly, Pohjois-Karjala, Finland
About me:
Cooking isn't really on the top of my list but being married with one daughter means that I have no choice. Luckily my husband likes to cook (and is a far better cook then me) so often times we end up cooking together which makes it far more enjoyable for me. I have coeliac disease which means that wheat, rye and barley are out my diet. That has a big influence on what I cook and bake. So I'm always looking for recipes that fit to my diet or ones that can easily be changed to fit. Since cooking isn't such a favourite with me I'm hoping to find new inspiration from this site!

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elviira 

Cooking Level: Professional
Living In: Tampere, Pirkanmaa, Finland
About me: I’m a former music scientist and computational linguist who is nowadays a professional writer, recipe developer and photographer. On the side, I have been studying nutrition, d…
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Nanne Linnea Harry 

Cooking Level: Expert
Home Town: West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Living In: Espoo, Uusimaa, Finland
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Cooking Level: Intermediate
Home Town: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Living In: Lappeenranta, Etelä-Karjala, Finland
About me: Soooooo... so mauch to say. I love LOVE LOOOVEEEE baking, bakng and baking. I also like sewing and cooking alot. I also love biking and going for walks in the thousands of woods i…
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Traditional Russian Pirozhki

Reviewed on Jan. 19, 2014 by djo   view full review
Very good recipe. Followed to the letter and my wife, who was born in Russia, approved.

Chicken Parmesan

Reviewed on Sep. 24, 2013 by Sanni   view full review
Flavorwise this was good, but next time I make it I will totally ommit the tomato sauce, and...

Bacon and Egg Breakfast Tarts

Reviewed on Dec. 7, 2012 by teenbaker98   view full review
Delicious:-)I made my own pie crust, and it was a little too greasy, so I kept them in the...

 
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