How Scandinavian Are You?

 The “Baker’s Dozen” custom Kitchen designed by Barbara Schmidt, studiobstyle featuring  Sub-Zero Wolf,  Wolf Gourmet,  Ultracraft ,  Pella Windows ,  Jeffrey Court Tile ,  Hafele , Baking kitchen.

The “Baker’s Dozen” custom Kitchen designed by Barbara Schmidt, studiobstyle featuring Sub-Zero Wolf, Wolf Gourmet, Ultracraft, Pella Windows, Jeffrey Court Tile, Hafele, Baking kitchen.

So I have a fascination with all things Scandinavian. The design, the style, and the food are all things that capture my creative imagination. I love how edited and austere the Scandinavian environments look and feel. Everything there has a purpose and there is just enough to fill your heart and mind with simple focused living.

 Chef Magnus Nilsson’s  Nordic Baking  cookbook.

Chef Magnus Nilsson’s Nordic Baking cookbook.

This month, Chef Magnus Nilsson will be visiting the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis for several events including a book signing. Nilsson’s new Nordic Baking Book has been released and his popularity has soared after appearing on the PBS series The Mind of a Chef and the Netflix docuseries Chef’s Table.

 Chocolate Plum Kugel Cakes, Studiobstyle, Barbara Schmidt Creative Director

Chocolate Plum Kugel Cakes, Studiobstyle, Barbara Schmidt Creative Director

I have watched these shows multiple times. Faviken, the Swedish restaurant that Nilsson operates has been on my food bucket list for years. Every time I try to go, it’s closed and/or booked. It haunts me. There are only 24 seats in this now famous restaurant so I may never be able to time a reservation when we are in Europe once every few years.

 Handmade pottery and antique table collected by Barbara Schmidt, Creative Director, studiobstyle. Photographer: David Paul Schmit

Handmade pottery and antique table collected by Barbara Schmidt, Creative Director, studiobstyle. Photographer: David Paul Schmit

Nilsson reminded me to love the seasons – to appreciate the abundance and then to savor the flavors when winter is upon us. He taught me that cooking is more than foraging the best ingredients. It’s also about savoring and preserving the flavors as well.

 Foraged food created by Barbara Schmidt, Creative Director studiobstyle, maggie the food stylist, and photographer Eric Piasecki.

Foraged food created by Barbara Schmidt, Creative Director studiobstyle, maggie the food stylist, and photographer Eric Piasecki.

I am Scandinavian. Part of my family is from Norway. I like to think my heritage influences my design style and my seasonal craving for buttered and sugared homemade lefse ,but that could truly be a desired sense of belonging.  Skol!



Barbara Schmidt