Fargo Inspired Home Magazine May/June 2020

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VOLUME 11, ISSUE 3 FEATURE 42 SHOWCASE Summer living is at its best when every room has stunning views of a beautiful lake. Enjoy one family’s special place. DEPARTMENTS 16 OUTDOORS Just because it gets dark at night doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the twilight hours. Lighting is essential for outdoor living. 24 ELEMENTS World cultures lend artisanal beauty to outdoor decor and furniture that is perfect for indoors or out!

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34 GARDEN Enter a world of peace and serenity when flowers and backyard gardens play a role in your everyday life. 52 TASTE The “salt of the earth” is exactly that. Learn about the earthly origins and distinct flavors of natural salt. 60 PETS Learn how one family’s two adopted pets have taught them all the true meaning of unconditional love. 64 HUMOR Just in time and not a moment too soon — the spring ritual of cleaning neighborhood garages begins!






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68 CUISINE Warm weather brings a longing for all of us to picnic in style and with very good taste. 74 INGREDIENTS For Scandinavians, berry picking is a national family event, enjoyed throughout Norway, Sweden and Denmark.





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e often mark the changing seasons from year to year with personal events — weddings, graduations, family relocations, births or deaths, to name just a few. And, while I promised myself this issue would not address the virus, I do feel compelled to speak to the indelible “mark” it has made on our community. The words resolve, commitment, fortitude, unity, determination, gratitude and adaptability are but a few that describe what I have personally experienced. Our community, comprised of a talented and diverse crosssection of humans, all continue to rally. Looking back for lessons learned and forward with renewed hope, we journey on. Spring decidedly is not closed nor will it disappear. In this issue, we praise her for arriving on schedule, allowing us to revel in her much-needed healing and abundant opportunities for renewal. We are excited to share this issue with you. In it, we delight in fresh berry gathering, love our outdoor spaces and discover how to enjoy the perfect picnic. Lake living is back and the “salt of the earth” becomes very real as we learn about the true nature of salt, a precious and flavorful gift from the earth. You’ll see gardens in full bloom and learn to appreciate the unconditional love that a shelter pet provides its family. It’s all here! So, sit back, forget the worries of the day and take a bit of time to relax with the Inspired Home Spring issue. We do this all for you!

Creative Terri Ferragut Susan Walker Director of Operations Scott Drzewiecki Contributing Photographers Travis Beauchene Jill Ockhardt Blaufuss Lauren Ferragut Carlson Zach Davis Bailey Hovland Aidry Johnson Contributing Writers Jill Ockhardt Blaufuss Lauren Ferragut Carlson Dayna Del Val Bernie Erickson Terri Ferragut Bailey Hovland Ashley Ferragut Johnson Granville Wood Copy Editor Keri Guten Cohen Social Media Director Bailey Hovland

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Every issue we share a fresh and local approach to your home and life. JILL OCKHARDT BLAUFUSS Jill Ockhardt Blaufuss is a photographer for architecture and interior design. Her clients range from designers to builders, both commercial and residential. Her experience in marketing and portrait photography is wide ranging and has been the photographic component for several Addy award winning projects. Jill enjoys time spent with her large, blended family of seven in rural Minnesota, as well as pinochle, public radio, cooking and travel. TRAVIS BEAUCHENE graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NDSU and a Master of Fine Arts from The George Washington University in DC. Beauchene who has painted for 14 years and taught photography for 8, also does creative marketing for businesses. Upon returning to the F/M area, he and wife Brittany founded STUDIO THREE BEAU. BERNIE ERICKSON Specializing in helping his clients make small changes with maximum impact, Erickson is a residential real estate agent in Fargo-Moorhead.

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LAUREN F. CARLSON Carlson, a Fargo native and geologist, is a research assistant at Cornell University at the New York Agricultural Experiment Station, where she conducts field work and data collection for the study of shrub willow as bio mass. She enjoys cooking, baking, running, renaissance art and writing. DAYNA DEL VAL Del Val is the President & CEO of The Arts Partnership in Fargo, ND. She is a professional actor and passionate arts activist as well as mom to a fabulous violin playing engineer and wife to a plant cell wall biochemist. She enjoys travel, reading and high teas. ZACH DAVIS Davis loves capturing stories with his camera. He is a photographer and videographer who specializes in weddings and portraits. He has a weakness for wanderlust, feeling the urge to leave the country whenever possible. He currently curates The Open Window Exchange, a collaborative online travel journal.

TERRI FERRAGUT Every issue, we take great pride in presenting this beautiful local home and lifestyle guide we call Inspired Home. From design to great food our goal is to provide you with relevant information you value. Truth of the matter is, without the heart and dedication of this talented and professional team, this publication would not be possible. Issue after issue, their creativity brings Inspired Home to your doorstep or area business. They inspire me. BAILEY HOVLAND As an English writing major at Concordia College, Hovland is passionate about writing and social media. "Blending my obsession for interior design with writing and scrolling through the endless feed of tweets, pins, and Instagram posts is my idea of 'living the dream,'" she says. Hovland enjoys reading, coffee shops, DIY projects and working out. ASHLEY F. JOHNSON Ashley Johnson loves her home city of Fargo. She works as a registered nurse at Sanford Medical Center and shares her happy home with her husband, 2 children and a rescue cat. She loves traveling with her family, cooking, entertaining and good wine. She can’t wait to show her children the world. GRANVILLE WOOD Wood is an international chef who has worked in London, Stockholm, Toronto, Vancouver, Palm Beach and Houston before moving to Fargo with wife Susie, a doctor with Sanford Health. Most recently he operated The Blue Goose Café in the Plains Art Museum. INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM


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he long-awaited warmth of spring is finally here and the anticipation of our imagined time enjoying the great outdoors is a reality. Relaxing in our backyards, hosting friends for a dinner alfresco or reading a good book becomes a moment in real time. Appreciation for the outdoors doesn’t have to stop just because the sun sets. The peaceful evening hours can be cut short by either nonexistent or inefficient exterior lighting. Proper lighting is the illuminating key to the

enjoyment of the hours after dusk’s arrival. All outdoor lighting is not created equal and requires more than just a wall light or a string of lights draped across your deck. Creating functional evening light and ambience requires a little planning and incorporating the right fixtures into your yard. We asked Eri Hino, director of product marketing for Tech Lighting, for some insight on outdoor lighting. “Exterior lighting brings

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façades and outdoor spaces to life. Whether utilizing fixtures for security, landscape or dramatic effect, exterior lights can transform how you see and understand a building or pathway,” Hino says. He adds that it is important to understand how outdoor lights can integrate with your home and its larger site. “By understanding the play between light and dark, your lighting professional can use contrast and shadows to create inspiring and intriguing spaces.”

An impressive design statement, the Roton pendant shown in bronze, claims its simplicity and beautiful cylindrical geometry. The powerful LED light source delivers softly diffused down lighting for controlled and distinctive illumination. Available in charcoal, bronze and black; wet rated.


The Savino 2 wall sconce is visually captivating with its futuristic and contemporary style. Its smoothly rounded double capsule design is an artistic sconce not only beautiful but also with design flexibility for indoor or outdoor applications. Aluminum construction defies tough weather conditions.

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The Ash wall sconce is a modern take on the classic industrial-style light fixture. It features a sleek metal shade with a hidden clear lens, creating an intriguing column of light. Suitable for wet environments indoors or outdoors, the Ash wall sconce provides even LED illumination with minimal up light.

With its highly pitched roofline, this modern lighting design of the Peak outdoor wall sconce is reminiscent of a clapboard shingle. The angular LED downlight gently grazes the surface of the back plate. The clean look is perfect for the front door or back porch. Available in silver or bronze; wet listed.

THE BASICS Incorporate three basic types of lighting — ambient, task and accent. Ambient This type provides an area with overall outdoor lighting. A common mistake is using too much bright light. A bulb that uses a lower wattage or has a lower lumens output is generally adequate in the dark. Outdoor wall lights or post lights are good choices. Ambient lighting is also known as general lighting, which radiates a comfortable level of brightness without glare and allows you to see and walk safely. INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

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The Aspen wall sconce creates an elegant column of beautiful diffused light. Entertaining is made perfect on a summer’s night as light emerges from the minimalist design, giving off ample amounts of light. Perfect for a safe walk along a path or for outdoor illumination in general.

The clean, streamlined look of the Wend outdoor wall and step light shines for safety and architectural beauty. Light is aimed downward to light stairs or graze walls with minimal glare. Ideal for wayfinding and added safety after dark, it is ideal for residential or commercial use. Wet listed.

Task Lighting Task lighting is great for illuminating pathways and entrances and is paramount when performing specific tasks. This type of outdoor lighting can be achieved by using pathway lights, deck lighting and outdoor step lights. Fixtures exposed to the elements must be wet-rated fixtures, making certain they are specifically identified as outdoor lighting. Wall lights, post lights or motion sensors all need to be wet rated. Damp rated lights are designed for spaces like covered patios and pergolas — any place not exposed directly to rain and moisture. Accent Lighting Accent lighting adds drama to an outdoor space by creating visual interest. Take time to plan and focus your lighting for particular areas, such as walkways, doorways, architectural details or landscaping.

Evening walks at the lake are peaceful and safe when well-lit pathways are finding your way. Here the bollards, simply elegant in form but powerful in their scope, show you the way to the beach. Seen here is another application of the Syntra bollard and path light. In bronze or charcoal.

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Entertaining Use subtle light for entertaining. Your dinner guests won’t want a bright spotlight on them while they’re enjoying their outdoor meal, so choose lighting that gives a soft glow. “Outdoor rooms, especially dining areas, benefit from subtle, indirect lighting that helps create a restful mood,” Hino says. “We’re seeing more use of outdoor lanterns, pendants and ceiling fans equipped with light kits to illuminate seating for dining alfresco. INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

Your gardens remain inspiring during the evening hours with the Mode Split outdoor light. This pathway light features a tubular profile with a unique “split” design. With this light, featuring two semi-circular arms that can be aimed together or independently, maximum flexibility is assured.

A new, modern, Zen-like design approach, the Syntra outdoor bollard and path light blends seamlessly into contemporary architecture and landscapes. landscapes. Perfection in down lighting.

Use a dimmer with dining lights — turn to full light when cooking or preparing food, then dim it down for eating and relaxing.”

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Security Exterior lighting not only provides ambience, but it also secures your home.

“Make certain all entry points of the home are well lit,” Hino says. “Outside the garage, mount a wall lantern on each side of the garage door.” For added security, she recommends illuminating any side of the house darkened by shadows with spotlights installed on eaves or wall lanterns at side doors and the windows

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With global design influence, Seasonal Living creates beautiful and bold furniture and dÊcor — perfect for indoors or outdoors. Pictured: Antilles furniture, end tables and Etna coffee tables.


Italian inspiration and nature bring the beauty of volcanic stone tabletops to the Etna furniture collection. The city of Como, Italy, provides a stunning background for these colorful indoor/ outdoor pieces.


Mt. Etna, an active volcano, provides a breathtaking backdrop for the city of Catania, Italy. Mt. Etna volcanic rock is mined near the city and used to create the unique tabletops.

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assionate about redefining living spaces with innovative furniture, Seasonal Living has preserved the lost art of handmade craftsmanship. Resisting a world of design homogeneity, this import and production company sources its products from craftsman from around the world who have honed their skills from generations of artisans. Their products originate from family generationalowned factories that do not operate under a 24/7 mindset. This unique company constantly challenges itself to design and source international collections that push prevailing definitions of design. And in this ‌ they do succeed. Their cutting-edge, indoor/ outdoor, multi-functional furnishings hail from designers and suppliers worldwide, resulting in a one-of-a-kind resource for fresh, nature-inspired functional works of art.


Resisting a world of design homogeneity, this import and production company sources its products from global craftsman who have honed their skills from generations of artists.

Pictured is the Sahara Gold color option for the tabletops. Italian artisans hand-pour the ceramic surface and hand-paint the swirls of coordinating colors to create one-of-a-kind patterns. No two are alike.

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Ocean Collision — a ceramic color blend applied by Italian artisans over the Mt. Etna volcanic stone. They then go through three 12-hour firings at 1000 degrees Celsius and three 12-hour curing periods.


The hand-poured ceramic surface and painting of the furniture is done by Italian artisans — no two are alike.


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Outdoor living takes on new meaning with the sophisticated all-weather durability that Seasonal Living offers. Shown: Archipelago Orion 3-seat sofa, lounge chairs and San Blas bar chair. The Grand Royal collection features fluid and graceful curves of the One Arm sofa in marinegrade materials. Shown: Archipelago Maldive dining chair and Torres Strait lounge chair.

Having lived in Kenya, Spain, France, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia and the United Kingdom, the Seasonal Living founders were exposed to a myriad of unique indoor and outdoor living experiences. Inspired by this, they noticed that beautiful, decorative accessories and furnishings should be within reach and affordable. By focusing on functional works of art that blur the line between indoor and outdoor furnishings, Seasonal Living has accomplished a unique and unusual product line sought by designers, landscape artists and property developers. INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

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As nighttime falls, the outdoors come alive with Perpetual concrete vases, Ashar ceramic accent tables, Ingot fire table and Bio-fuel Fire Pedestals. Furniture: St. Helena sofa and l ounge chairs.

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Witness to their rare and beautiful furniture pieces is the Etna Collection, inspired by Mt. Etna’s volcanic stone, mined near Catania, Italy. This beautiful metropolitan city is located on the east coast of Sicily, off the southern tip of Italy. By far the largest of the three active volcanoes in Italy, Mt. Etna is two and a half times the height of the next largest, Mount Vesuvius. Etna, a UNESCO World

Heritage Site, is one of the world’s most active volcanoes to this day. Mining the volcanic stone of Mt. Etna is a major economic activity for the city of Catania. For the Etna collection, the volcanic rock is mined and transported to the central region of Italy, known as Umbria. There, the raw grey lava stone slabs are shaped, sanded and readied for painting and a special ceramic firing process. The hand-poured ceramic surface and painting of the furniture is done by Italian artisans — no two are alike. Once they are painted, they go through three firings at more than 1,000 degrees Celsius and three 12 - hour curing periods. The resulting surfaces are as durable as the volcanic stone itself, creating furniture that is impervious to any weather conditions. From Mt. Etna’s molten magma deep inside the Earth to your outdoor living experience, Seasonal Living brings the artistic talents of the world to your backyard furniture. INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

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Kris Carlson, designingwomen2 “The quality is superb. In terms of design, they offer a fresh look compared to other furniture companies. They have captured an innovative look by creating exterior living spaces that combine aesthetics, durability and comfort. We have viewed Seasonal Living at market over the last couple of years and fell in love with their design offerings. With Seasonal Living, a respected and trustworthy company, we’re assured of quality and their character.”

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have always admired my Grandma Jo’s garden. It is big, always tidy, green, and full of vegetables and flowers. Now, as an adult, every time I visit the farm, I make sure to visit her garden. Merely walking in and around it lifts my spirits, so it’s not surprising gardening has been scientifically proven to make you feel good. The World Health Organization states that good health means more than just curtailing bad habits. It also means quality of life, good mental and physical health, and positive emotions, all of which can be brought about through gardening. Gardening for practical and aesthetic reasons dates back to early civilizations in Mesopotamia, with evidence from written texts and sculptures. This is a common “floral” thread through all early civilizations — simply recognized as vases of fresh flowers. Serenity and a real sense of peace envelopes everyone who enters this homeowner's backyard on the Sheyenne river.


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According to behavioral research conducted at Rutgers University, the presence of flowers promotes positive emotions, heightens feelings of satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner far beyond what is realized. Dr. Jeannette Haviland-Jones of Rutgers said, “Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy. Now, science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional well-being.” POSITIVE MOODS A vase of fresh flowers will certainly boost your mood; but getting your hands in the soil will result in even greater positive effects. A 2007 Colorado University study found a beneficial bacteria in the soil called Mycobacterium vaccae that triggers the release of serotonin, which lifts mood and reduces anxiety. This doesn’t mean you have to spend hours of back-bending work. Working in a garden, no matter the size of the plot, for just half of an hour is sufficient.

This single flower in the garden captured by our photographer shows the captivating beauty and intricate power nature possesses.

STRESS RELIEVER Gardening is also a great way to decompress at the end of a long, stressful day. A Dutch study found that gardening lowers cortisol levels — that pesky stress hormone. The

researchers asked two groups of people to perform a stressful task. They then asked one group to garden for half an hour after they completed the prescribed stressful task. The group that did not garden had high cortisol

Daylilies, according to horticulturists (like my husband), are not actually lilies, but they are beautiful and effortless to grow. Often, they are underappreciated because they are so commonplace. They are worth the stroll to the side of the house for a quick bouquet.



levels while the group that performed light gardening had a significant drop in cortisol. HEALTHY BONES With long winters, it is normal to be a little deficient in Vitamin D. A 2014 Italian study published by the National Institutes of Health found that exposure to sunlight helped adults reach adequate levels of vitamin D, which benefits your bones and boosts your immune system.





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CONCENTRATION If you are like me and have a hard time focusing at times, there’s hope. Gardening and being around plants strengthen attention span, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health. Researchers studied the impact of green, natural settings on children with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). They found tasks performed in these areas reduced symptoms of ADHD drastically compared to other control settings. SAVES MONEY Considering a garden? It doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, it can save you money. Think about what produce you love most and its cost at the grocery store year-round. Fruits like berries tend to be a little pricy at the store, especially in the winter. By growing your own, you can produce enough to freeze, can or dehydrate for later months. Vegetable seed packets are very inexpensive to purchase and provide an abundance of food. If you don’t have a yard or garden space, container gardens are inexpensive, require little space and give you the same benefits. GENERATION TO GENERATION While at college, I really wanted to garden, so my now-husband and I headed to my parent’s backyard and started digging. We had a pretty good start when a pouring rain began. We kept going. It was exhilarating. We managed to get everything planted despite the pooling water. That excitement continued every morning as I checked the daily growth. We now have a garden of our own in Upstate New York where we live. The garden we started in my parent’s backyard many years ago remains. When I return home to North Dakota every summer, I still find joy in morning visits to my garden.


Achieve Beautiful Gardens These Serrano peppers from my garden are easy to grow and pack a decent amount of heat. You can harvest them at various stages of ripeness like most peppers. My husband likes to plant a lot, dry them and whiz them up in a spice grinder for his own chili powder

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our outdoor space is something of an openair living room, dining room and personal venue all rolled into one. It is where you can relax, entertain and make the very most out of your home’s surroundings. Two stunning ways to add beauty and provide shady comfort are pergolas and awnings. Inspired Home spoke with Josh Smook, Deckmasters project designer, for his thoughts on creating backyard comfort. PERGOLAS Pergolas, architectural garden adornments, became popular during the Italian Renaissance. Today, they are a welcome respite from the midday summer sun. The popularity of pergolas and awnings are on the list of the most popular growing trends of exterior amenities in outdoor living. “Both pergolas and awnings offer shade and comfort for a room, as well as phenomenal curb appeal,” Smook explains. Maintaining their beauty is an important consideration in today’s pergolas. “Gone are the days of staining wood pergolas and in are the days of low-maintenance aluminum,” Smook adds. A beautiful 40 | MAY/JUNE 2020


architectural structure, a pergola can be attached or detached from your home and be configured and designed in a multitude of ways. Landscape plays a role in the layout, with everything from surrounding trees, flora and fauna, to your home, providing the ideal

canvas on which to incorporate the pergola. Erected under the shady branches of a beloved family tree or built as a stand-alone structure complete with a fireplace and built-in seating area, the pergola can be adapted to any design scheme, providing years of use and enjoyment.

This detached pergola incorporates built-in seating and the beauty of a backyard tree. Shown: White aluminum, scalloped end cuts and fluted columns.


Lake living doesn't get any better than this with this attached pergola. Shown: White aluminum, corbel end cuts and fluted columns. Awnings provide the comfort of shade and customized good looks for any architectural design requirements.

In Chocolate aluminum, this detached pergola has all the comforts of home — furniture and fire tables. Shown: Beveled end cuts and fluted columns. Fresh and inviting, awnings offer full-filtered light, frame and fabric options. Smart home conveniences like remote controls and sun/wind sensors add extra ease.

AWNINGS Another trend, or resurgence for outdoor living, are awnings, an added feature that benefits both your indoor and outdoor spaces. Smook says, “You might think, “Well, those are outdated,’ but, actually, they’ve never gone out of style. They offer full-filtered light, many frame and fabric options, and all the modern conveniences of the smart home like remote controls, sun and wind sensors.” Bold-colored fabric and neutral fabric options can complement any home, achieving good looks and durable sun protection and enhancing contemporary architectural design to traditional. With an endless array of design options, homeowners — with the help of an area professional — can tailor any project to their individual lifestyle and home’s architecture, one that family and friends will enjoy for years to come. Awnings not only add exterior beauty and function, they also protect your home's interior from the powerful and often-destructive power of the sun.



A Room with a View

Simple, clean, symmetrical lines face the lakeside of this Cape Cod-inspired home on Otter Tail Lake. The design entices family and friends in from the water, where they can enjoy the extraordinary lake views while dining and visiting in a warm, relaxed atmosphere.

“It’s a personal connection, designing a home,” Stoll says. “Getting to know people, gathering the pieces to the puzzle — it’s about listening to how they live day to day, and the fun work of pulling together a design.” Tony Stoll, AIA principal architect, bhh Partners, Planners/Architects

The vast open floor plan breaks with traditional Cape Cod design but is perfectly compatible with this home’s lake cottage design sensibility. A view of the gorgeous lake from all main living areas was a top priority.



esigning a custom home isn’t something everybody gets to do. But if you’re one of the lucky ones, architect Tony Stoll of bhh Partners in Perham, Minnesota, urges you to shoot for the moon. “It should be a happy moment in your life,” Stoll says. Even if you don’t get all the way to the moon due to budget or square footage restraints, Stoll urges clients to enjoy the process. When designing this Otter Tail Lake home, Stoll enjoyed getting to know what was on the homeowners’ wish list. Stoll says his first step in the design process is always working out the flow, function and square footage within the footprint. The schematic footprint is then used to develop exterior concepts. 46 | MAY/JUNE 2020

“They wanted a simple, symmetrical Cape Cod cottage design,” Stoll says. “A more casual, comfortable lake home feel. Nothing too ornate.” Typical Cape Cod features that Stoll included in his design are the eye-catching traditional grid windows and shingle siding. While Cape Cod design originated in the northeastern United States, Stoll says many of the traditional design elements are applicable to the lakes area’s wooded landscape, climate and living style. Steep Cape Cod rooflines ensure snow doesn’t collect during the winter. And while typically the design includes smaller, more compartmentalized rooms within the interior, this Otter Tail Lake home’s open living, cooking and dining space is a

more modern concept the overwhelming majority of Stoll’s clients look for today. Planning for summer use with their adult children and grandchildren, the homeowners wanted an inviting summer retreat focusing on a connection with the lake, including visibility and access. But they also wanted a home that would serve the couple well into retirement, with design considerations for aging in place. Stoll took into account future mobility challenges that come with aging, especially when designing the main level of the home. Stoll says designing a home for aging in place doesn’t have to be a consideration for only older clients. “Aging in place comes INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

The homeowners wanted unobstructed views of the lake from the kitchen, dining and living areas.

Light from the bank of lakeside windows is reflected throughout the room by this all-white Craftsman-style custom cabinetry. Hidden appliances and white countertops give a fresh edge to the more traditional design style.

into conversations with a lot of clients,” he says. When considering resale value, Stoll challenges even younger clients to think about how a home can serve people with a range of physical abilities. “Designing a main level to be accessible for people with physical challenges doesn’t have to be obvious or even apparent in the design,” Stoll says. Wider door sizes and reducing tight corners and tight spaces, he says, are all things that can be considered in any home, making it more practical for people with varying degrees of physical ability. The homeowner’s wanted unobstructed views of the beautiful lake from the kitchen, dining and living areas. Two of the three INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

The ceiling beam pattern was designed to emanate from the front entry, directing your eye to the lake view. The open staircase is an attractive feature that brings balance to the room.


The connection of seating areas makes getting together comfortable for even large gatherings. The lake view extends out the side door to the inviting three-season porch.

This guest bedroom is perfect for letting the grandkids all bunk up together or for parents to sleep close to their children. With these perfectly crafted built-in bunk beds and space for a crib, this room accommodates all ages comfortably.

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This bathroom is anything but basic because of the bold blue-and-white leaf pattern of this attentiongrabbing wallpaper.


A Charles Beck print in rich blue complements the upholstery of these cottage-inspired gingham upholstered chair backs. The view from this large dining area means you won’t miss anything happening on the lake even when coming in for meals.

bedrooms have amazing lake views as well. Keeping with interior details similar to a historic Cape Cod, a beamed ceiling artfully brings a traditional cottage feel to the vast ceiling in the living area. “The beams help define the interior space and direct your eye,” Stoll says. His beam design emanates from the front entry, the lines leading your eye through the home to the impressive lake view immediately upon entering the front door. Stoll placed the three-season porch with a lake view off the side of the living room and fitted it with a Phantom screen system. With the screens raised (and hidden in the soffit), the porch offers relaxation by day. With screens down, it’s a bug-free outdoorair retreat for evening gatherings. Stoll also designed covered porches on the lake and the road sides of the home, noting that inclement weather isn’t something people naturally plan for when designing a lake home. “You should INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

be able to enjoy your morning coffee outdoors regardless of which way the wind is blowing,” Stoll says. “It’s important to design for those rainy days, too.” Along with three bedrooms in the main portion of the house, a loft area built over the garage with a separate entrance offers another space for family and other guests to enjoy more privacy when visiting the lake home. “It’s a personal connection, designing a home,” says Stoll. “Getting to know people, gathering the pieces to the puzzle — it’s about listening to how they live day to day, and the fun work of pulling together a design.” Stoll designed a true summer escape, with room for everyone and a focus on time spent in and near the lake. The home’s airy main living area is a masterpiece itself, but it’s Stoll’s layout and impressive window design that enlists the interiors as an artfully crafted picture frame for the captivating lake view beyond.

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Edible salts vary by their country of


or many years, I was under the impression that salt is by “nature” white.

Table salt, sea salt and kosher salt were the extent of my culinary knowledge. The grass is green, salt is white and that was pretty much how I defined salt.

origin, influencing

It was a flavor-enhancing and cooking necessity. Salt is one of the oldest

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back to 8,000 years ago. Salt is also needed for our health. Sodium, a trace

uses and textures.

and most widely used seasonings, with its usage traced by archaeologists mineral found in salt, is needed by our body to perform certain functions — contracting and relaxing muscles, maintaining proper fluid balance, sending nervous system impulses and preventing low blood pressure. More recently, salt — in all its epicurean glory — has moved to the foreground for many food-savvy eaters. Edible salts vary by their country of origin, influencing flavors, colors, uses and textures. Let’s discover the world of salt!



Table Salt This is what you’ll find in most salt shakers. Table salt is mostly mined from underground salt deposits and processed to eliminate trace minerals. Table salts are usually 97 to 99 percent sodium chloride, with some added anti-caking agents. It may include potassium iodide, which is an essential nutrient that can get removed during the purification process (not to be confused with iodine). Many unrefined kinds of salt will say on packaging, “not a source of iodide.” TABLE SALT

Kosher Salt Harvested from seawater or salt mines, kosher salt is a course, refined salt with bigger-flaked crystals. Kosher salt is named for its use in “koshering” or removing blood from meat, according to Jewish dietary guidelines. It has fewer additives and isless pungent than normal table salt. One thing to remember — it is not necessarily sea salt. A great finishing salt, it is often seen on pretzel tops and rims of margarita glasses. Not all kosher brands are certified in meeting kosher requirements, however.



Sea Salt Sea salt is a broad term that refers to unrefined salt derived directly from a living ocean. It is harvested through channeling ocean water into large clay trays, allowing the sun to evaporate it naturally. It contains natural traces of iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and iodine, which result in a bright, pure and clean flavor. Depending on the water origin, the mineral content of sea salt can vary. Common sources are the Mediterranean Sea, the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean (particularly in France, on the coast of Brittany). Sea salt is thought to be healthier and more flavorful than traditional table salt and available in any grind.

POPULAR CULINARY SEA SALTS: Maldon Salt Maldon, a salt harvested in Essex, off the coast of Great Britain, has large, delicate flakes made by boiling seawater to remove impurities with continued heating until crystallization. The salt is then “drawn” or separated by an expert salt maker to keep the large, flaky crystals intact. This makes it a great finishing salt. Most sea salts are versatile and can be used as both a dish finisher and dish builder.


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Fleur de sel/Fiore di cervia - “Flower of Salt” Originally hailing from the Brittany coast in France, this is considered the Cadillac of finishing salts. It is not crushed or ground but rather harvested from the surface of saltwater ponds as the top layer begins to crystallize. It’s lower in sodium than normal salt, with a higher mineral content and possesses a light, briny flavor. The sticky little crystals are used more as a condiment to finish a dish than as a seasoning. The Italian version is made the same way, but with different water, resulting in a less briny and minerallike flavor. Spain and Portugal also have their own versions called flor de sal.

Sel Gris - French Gray Salt Famous in the culinary world, gray salt is an unrefined “moist” sea salt from the same salt pans as fleur de sel. While fleur de sel is harvested from the top layer, sel gris is allowed to fall to the bottom of the salt pan before being harvested. The gray color and higher mineral content come from absorption of the clay lining the salt ponds. It falls somewhere between basic sea salt and fleur de sel in both flavor and use. It can be ground finely with volcanic rock to make what is called sel gris-velvet, which creates a buttery feel as it melts on your tongue. (Great over nuts or popcorn.)





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Himalayan Pink Salt Known for its bright pink hue, the Himalayan version of this salt is mined from ancient sea beds in the Punjab region of Pakistan, mainly from the Khewra salt mine. The lesser-known Bolivian version is mined from the Andes Mountains. While the salt’s pink color comes from trace amounts of iron oxide, the salt is predominantly sodium chloride, in the same chemical range as basic table salt.



Hawaiian Alaea Red Salt This varietal is made from standard Hawaiian sea salt (20 percent trace minerals, low sodium compared to table salt) combined with the red volcanic clay alaea, which is said to have detoxifying properties. It’s used in a lot of native Hawaiian dishes and has historically been used in religious ceremonies. It can add a flash of color as a finishing salt and is also a good choice for those watching their salt intake because of the lower-sodium content. This is delicious with pork or prime rib.

Hawaiian Black Lava Salt- Hiwa Kai This salt is made from seawater that has evaporated in pools situated on hardened lava flows. The salt crystals are naturally infused with activated charcoal from the lava beds. The deep obsidian hue and silky texture is not only beautiful but provides essential minerals and is a powerful detoxifier. The pyramid-shaped crystals bring an earthy flavor with a hint of smoke normally associated with charcoal grilling. A perfect finishing salt! HAWAIIAN BLACK LAVA SALT- HIWA KAI

Smoked Sea Salt A savory variation on sea salt is to smoke it. Relatively new, smoked sea salt adds a unique flavor to a wide range of dishes and is delicious for grilling or oven roasting — perfect for salmon. When considering a smoked sea salt, make sure that it is a naturally smoked salt that has been slow smoked in cold smokers over real wood fires to infuse the salt crystals. Smoked sea salts add an authentic smokehouse flavor to soups, salads, pasta and sandwiches. They are available in all grinds. SMOKED SEA SALT

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promised myself after we adopted our cat, Fancy, from Homeward Bound Animal Shelter, the Johnson family would take a break from adopting animals for a while. Fancy was born with something called “cerebellar hypoplasia,” also known as “wobbly cat syndrome.” Her cerebellum (the part of the brain that helps control balance and coordination) was underdeveloped in utero, so she has a very difficult time getting around. She can’t jump up onto anything, often needs to be carried up and down the stairs. She is the sweetest (albeit, most needy) cat on Earth. After a little more than a year had passed, I began to entertain (much to my husband’s chagrin) the thought of getting her a roommate. I hated that she was alone most of the day, and when we came home, all she wanted was to be held, like, all the time. I began researching, and cats with CH not only do great with other cats, but they tend to thrive with them. I learned firsthand that if you plan on bringing another pet onto the scene, there are lots of things to consider, and that tips to make the transition from a single to a multi-cat family would make it much easier for everyone involved. INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

Dr. Amy Anderson from West Fargo Animal Hospital provided me with some great intel that helped us immensely with the prospect of bringing another pet into the home. One of the most important aspects of adding a second feline into the mix is patience. Most people tend to rush the introduction of a new cat, but don’t let your excitement overtake you! “Cats need to be introduced slowly, in small doses,” Dr. Anderson said. “You can’t just throw them together in a room and expect them to be friends within 10 minutes. It is important to give both animals their separate spaces for a while, so that they have a place to retreat to if they are uncomfortable.” This part of the process was easy, thankfully, as we had two large spaces downstairs. The back portion of our basement gym was Fancy’s zone, complete with multiple cat beds, fresh food and water, and all the toys she needs. Homeward Bound Animal Shelter had a cat they felt would do well with our black beauty. We did a meet-and-greet with the kids and eventually brought him home. Initially, we brought him into our laundry room adjacent to Fancy’s “room.” We provided Wellington (as he was so aptly named) with places to hide, toys to play with and areas to help him feel safe. After a day or two, we traded blankets in the cat’s rooms allowing them to get used to each other’s scent, much as you would do when bringing a newborn home. Eventually, curiosity overcame the cats (and my children) and we let them meet one another. I worried about how our new older cat (a senior by four years) would react to her rather unusual wobbly rhythm and uncoordinated mode of moving around. Our new cat, Wellington, had been feral and had already been re-homed once. We were very nervous how a new, less-than-socialized male cat would react to our female with special needs. When the day finally came and the two met whiskers to whiskers, there was a lot of trepidation in the air. I thought Fancy, as gentle and mild-mannered as she was, would be nothing but delicate and curious. It turns out, she knew the house was hers and didn’t take kindly to her new visitor. For a couple of days, “Welly” withstood the subtle hissing and (gentle) swatting; he continued to do nothing but flop onto the floor and submit to her in front her displays of superiority. About a week after bringing him home, we noticed a big change. Fancy had accepted her INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

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f all the springtime holidays, my very favorite is community clean-up week. Like all holiday hosts, I begin planning for the event months in advance, making mental notes of what should stay and what should go. Recycling/upcycling has become popular and eco-friendly, and I think it’s good mojo that items that no longer serve a purpose for me can move on and serve a purpose for someone else. With the added bonus that I only have to bring the stuff to the curb. We have seven snow shovels. There are two people living in this house. One of the people has not shoveled a single snowflake in more than 20 years. That would be me. We have a wheelbarrow that in 15 years has never, one single time seen the light of day. There are not one, not two, but three bicycles hanging on hooks directly above my car flat against the garage ceiling. There’s an electric weed whacker with a 100-foot cord hanging on the wall right next to my cordless one that works on a battery pack that also serves my cordless circular saw, which is living on a shelf next to my old circular saw with the taped-up cord from when I was using it to trim branches and managed to completely sever the power cord, along with the branch I was sawing off. I remain grateful my left hand wasn’t one of the things also severed in that debacle. 64 | MAY/JUNE 2020

We’ve lived in the same home for 15 years on one of those U-shaped streets where if you don’t live on the street, you’d never drive on it. We live on the bottom or the top of the “U,” depending on how you look at it, so not too many cars drive by our house, but I drive by everyone else’s every day. There’s a springtime ritual on our street. Picture it. A beautiful day. June Cleaver or Marion Cunningham flinging open the windows, taking a breath of fresh air, smiling with glee and doing a little twirl around the living room floor, arms outstretched like Julie Andrews popping over a hill in The Sound of Music, and then resuming her spring cleaning. Well, the guys on our street do the same thing. Except we fling open our overhead garage doors, take in a breath of fresh air, smile with glee and do a little Julie Andrews outstretched arms twirl in the driveway and begin the process of cleaning out our garages. We live on a street developed in the ’90s with lots of homes that have three-stall garages. And that third stall is perfect for storing toys. For about three or four weeks in the spring, the toys come out of winter hiding and hang out in front of the third garage stall door getting ready for summer. Boats, travel trailers, INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

motorcycles, jet skis and my favorite: the convertibles. We have a Beetle, a Mustang, a classic Corvette Stingray, a Camaro, a BMW and a soft-top Jeep living on our street sitting in their driveways all sparkly and ready for spring. One of those sparkly cars is mine, but it’s also the same car that sits caked with 800 pounds of ice and snow eight months of the year because it’s my only car. And it’s my only car not just for budget reasons, but also because we only have a two-stall garage. We are one of the handful of homes on this street that has only two garage stalls. I tell myself it’s because our home is a colonial and colonials are wide — and our lot isn’t — and a three-stall wouldn’t look right on a colonial anyway. It still doesn’t make me feel any better. What also does not make me feel better is that we live directly across the street from another home that only has two stalls, and their garage is perfect. If our home were in a cartoon, when we backed the cars out of the garage in the morning, piles of stuff would cave in the


center, come rolling down the driveway followed by a cloud of dust. A barking dog would be heard in the background, and then a sound like something electrical shorting out, followed by an ominous thunder cloud and a bolt of lightning. Across the street, when Brian Kragness and his wife back their cars out, sunshine is sparkling, birds are chirping, and I swear a butterfly flutters out just before their Stanley Whisper Wonder belt-drive garage door opener with battery back-up gently glides their door closed. And as the door gently touches the immaculate concrete driveway, you can almost hear a chorus of angels sing “Ahhhhhhh!” Across the street back here at our garage, hell, my door almost always hits something on the way down, there’s a crash, I say a bad word, the auto-reverse kicks in and the lights start flashing. Because, you know, I want to attract more attention to our garage. I don’t know how they do it across the street. There’s a small lawn storage shed in the backyard and a jet ski on a trailer by the garage and that’s about it. You know

what they have inside their garage? Trash cans, a refrigerator and a rug by the door to the house. Over here there’s all that and then some just sitting on the steps from the garage to the house. So, this spring I’m going to try be more like Bryan. I’ll take it down to two or three shovels and the cordless power tools that actually work. Maybe go down to one bike parked on the floor rather than hanging from the ceiling so I might actually ride it. Speaking of riding, I wonder where Bryan got that jet ski?


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cannot think of a better time to throw open the windows, get outside and take in the fresh, clean air. We are fortunate to live in a part of the country where we have good clean air and wide-open spaces. And the freshness of spring is a perfect time to enjoy both, whether it in your garden or walking through our urban parks or on a trail in our local state parks. Any of the above are part of my daily ritual, but it is nice to be able to shed a layer or two of clothing. As we know and as overstated as it might be, “food tastes better outside,” at least in my book. With that in mind, it is time for a hike in the woods followed by a delicious lunch over an open fire. Growing up, we were a picnicking and hiking family. Whether it be a car picnic on the roadside or taking a good hike in the woods to a lake or waterfall, Mom would pack up some good bread, cheese and sliced meats, along with fruit and some sparkling beverages. She’d pack it all in a rucksack and off we went. Picnicking evolved into tent camping so, over the years, I have perfected the art of eating in the great outdoors. After finishing high school, I set off on a summer backpacking trip that turned into a year and half making my way across Canada and down the Pacific Coast and back. I spent a good deal of time in Banff National Park where I took a position in one of the restaurants, all the while living on the mountain in one of the many campgrounds. All my meals were cooked over the campfire when I wasn’t at work or exploring the park. These skills came in very handy years later working in a restaurant that had wood-burning grills and rotisseries. My lunches on my hikes were not your usual sandwiches and granola bars. We would pack bread, grilled beef from last night’s dinner, imported cheeses, smoky grilled vegetable salad and dense chocolate walnut bars — all INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

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washed down with a good red wine. My campsite became a place to drop by for a good meal of wood-roasted chicken, embercooked potatoes and other root vegetables buried in the hot coals. Over the years, my camping spirit has slowed a bit but my passion for picnics hasn’t. As soon as the snow melts and the ground warms under a blanket of soft, warm grass, out comes the picnic basket. Most of the elements in my basket are similar but more sophisticated. In our last Inspired Home issue, writer Lauren Ferragut Carlson shared with readers a fantastic bread recipe, which will be the first item in my basket. An eclectic

array of items to spread on the bread or eat alongside could be a jar of buttery potted shrimp or silky, smooth chicken liver parfait, smoked trout spread and lemony hummus. Grilled pork tenderloin with Gorgonzola cheese and a crisp marinated fennel-andorange salad, and steamed lemon sponge pudding in small mason jars complete the scenario. And all paired with a refreshing sparkling wine. So, pack up the blanket and cushions. Find a nice spot under a shade tree, spread out your blanket and enjoy a nice lunch on a warm early summer day. That shade tree might even be in your own backyard.

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Picnic Tips The right picnic basket is important. This classic

To accompany Chef Granville’s great eats,

basket includes everything you need for a

here are picnic essentials to make your outing

picnic meal – just add your favorite food and


wine. Self-storing plates, silverware, corkscrew, cutting board, wine glasses, and an insulated area for stashing food or keeping wine cool. Blanket

Serving Spoons

Frozen Bottles of Water

Folding Knife

Corkscrew/Bottle Opener

Cutting Board

Wet Wipes

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“Find a nice spot under a shade tree, spread out your blanket and enjoy a nice lunch on a warm early summer day.” Chef Granville Wood POTTED SHRIMP INGREDIENTS: 4

Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted, skim off foam and discard; set butter aside.


Tbsp. unsalted butter

½ lb. medium-sized shrimp, peeled and deveined 2

Tbsp. snipped chives


tsp. nutmeg


tsp. cayenne pepper


Tbsp. lemon zest


tsp. lemon juice


Tbsp. dry sherry

YOUR energy.

YOUR time. YOUR way.

METHOD: Melt the 1 Tbsp. butter in saucepan, add shrimp and cook gently until slightly firm, add sherry and lemon juice. Cook until sherry is evaporated. Put shrimp in food processor and pulse until coarse. Fold in spices, lemon zest and chives; season with salt to taste. Stir in reserved melted butter. Divide amongst small mason jars with hinged lids. Press down. If not covered by butter, melt some more and spoon over

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the top. Refrigerate. Prior to eating, let it sit out for an hour to soften.










lb. chicken livers, drained and sinew removed

1 lb. smoked boneless trout fillets

1½ cups sugar

¼ cup Hellman’s mayonnaise



oz. bacon fat, melted


cup all-purpose flour

2 Tbsp. sour cream


1½ cups heavy cream



egg yolks

1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning

4 Tbsp. unsalted butter at room temperature


Tbsp. brandy

½ tsp. white pepper


tsp. salt

2 Tbsp. lemon juice


tsp. black pepper

METHOD: Preheat oven to 350. In a food processor, add chicken liver, seasonings and bacon fat and puree. Whisk cream, egg yolks and brandy together. Add to chicken livers and puree

tsp. chopped parsley

1 Tbsp. snipped chives METHOD: Flake trout into bowl, looking for stray bones and no skin. Add all the remaining


eggs, separated

cups skim milk


cup lemon juice


tsp. lemon zest


tsp. salt


METHOD: Preheat oven to 350.

ingredients and fold together. Put into an

Whisk flour and sugar together. In another

airtight container.

bowl, whisk egg yolks and butter until smooth, add milk, lemon juice, zest.

10 seconds. Pass through a fine strainer.

Add milk mixture to flour and whisk until

Lightly grease small mason jars with

smooth. In a clean bowl, whisk egg whites

hinged lids or a terrine and pour in liver

and salt to stiff peaks. Fold gently into

mixture. Place containers in roasting pan,

flour mixture. If using ramekins or hinged

bring hot water ¾ up the sides of jars and

mason jars, spray with non-stick vegetable

bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from

oil. Pour in mixture. Place in roasting pan

oven and put jars in the refrigerator to

and fill halfway up the sides with warm


water. Bake in 350 oven for 30 minutes or until lightly brown on top. Remove and cool. There will be a lemon curd under the light airy cake.

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here are many signs summer is coming. Verdant green buds popping from trees, busy birds and longer days. The transition seems long, especially with April snow, and before we know it, summer passes us by and the season of fall arrives once again. But somewhere in between in the heat, we cool off and slow down with a bowl of ice cream, strawberry shortcake, or my Nordic favorite — berries with cream. To me, summer means berries.

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One of my best memories as a child is eating my grandma’s raspberries at their farm. There was a big bushy area of them smack in the middle of their yard. My Grandma Jo would give me, my siblings and my cousins an old Cass-Clay one-gallon ice cream pail — and off we went to the raspberry patch. One for my mouth, one for the pail; it was my preferred method of picking. After we collected as many as we could, we would

run inside to show Grandma Jo our haul. She would then serve us our bounty in beautiful small glass bowls with a bit of cream and a sprinkle of sugar. And, to this day, it is one of my favorite desserts. Over the years, I learned more about my Norwegian heritage. It all became real in 2016, when my entire family took a trip to Norway to meet our relatives. We had an impressive spread of cured meats, cheeses, flatbread, INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

One of my best memories as a child is eating my grandma’s raspberries from their farm. fruits and rømmegrøt at the farmstead where my great-great-great grandfather was born. As our trip went on, I learned more about Norwegian culture and cuisine. In particular, dare I say, Norwegians are obsessive about foraging — especially for wild berries. It is a national pastime enjoyed by all generations every summer. The growing season in Norway is short, similar to North Dakota. Their cool summer days, coupled with long hours of daylight, are perfect for growing berries. Our trip was in July, which is peak berry season for strawberries, blueberries, cloudberries and raspberries. As we walked through an open food market in Bergen, we stopped to enjoy local Norwegian food. One of the fruit vendors explained to us in great detail about how important and commonplace foraging for berries is in

Norway. So much so that certain wild patches of berries, especially the coveted cloudberry, which is illusive and delicious, are kept secret by families. The locations are only shared from family member to family member. There is a Norwegian law called “allemannstretten” (every man’s right), which gives everyone the legal right to roam free on all uncultivated prime berry land in Norway. This really makes foraging a free-for-all activity. If you stumble upon a patch of wild berries, you have every right to pluck some for yourself and carry on about your day. Norway has a fantastic cake called “Verdens Beste Kake” or World’s Best Cake. For such a stoic and humble people, the title of the cake better hold up, I initially thought. After making it, I found that it certainly does. It perfectly utilizes any fresh berries you have

from your summer haul. Vanilla seems too bland a word, but the cake base is an eggy vanilla white-caked top with an ethereal meringue. It is all baked together, which makes this a very simple, but impressive cake. The filling is simple: freshly whipped cream and berries. I’d like to think my 8-year-old self was tapping into my Norwegian foraging genes, but, really, I was just a kid enjoying the splendors that be. Regardless, those memories and the love of freshly picked berries have stuck with me. Now that summer is here, take some time to slow down and enjoy it. Pick some fresh berries, mix them with cream, have them on ice cream or take an afternoon to make one of my favorites — Verdens Beste Kake.

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Famiglia Meschini Malbec Reserva, Argentina Personally, I think Malbec is a grape that gives you the best bang for your buck. Juicy acidity greets you first, which then mingles with gorgeous cranberry, cherry and cassis fruit. The light tobacco notes make this a perfect companion to grilled steak or pork. Fun wine fact: The winemaker Eugenio Meschini met his wife Teresa at the University of St. Thomas in 1990. I love a good Minnesota wine connection!



Baking the cake and meringue topping at the same time makes this cake a time saver. No need to make frosting or icing-just garnish with fruit!

You can be creative with the filling. I suggest adding almond, lemon, or my favorite, a few pods of fresh ground cardamom to the sweetened fresh whipped cream.

I think baked goods should look homemade. That is what I love most about this cake. It lends itself to imperfection and it's adaptable. Use any fresh berries you love.

Worlds' Best Cake METHOD: Preheat the oven to 350°F, with a rack in the middle position. Line an 8 - by 12 - inch baking pan with parchment paper. I recommend not using glass pans, use metal. Beat the butter and ²∕ ³ cup of the sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add the flour and baking powder and mix well on low speed. Mix in the egg yolks and milk. Scrape the batter into the baking pan. INGREDIENTS: 10 ½ Tbsps. (1 stick plus 2 ½ tablespoons) butter, softened 1 ²∕³ cups granulated sugar, separated 1 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1

tsp. baking powder


large eggs, separated

1∕3 ¼

cup whole milk


cup heavy cream


vanilla bean

cup sliced almonds

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In a large clean bowl, beat the egg whites and the remaining 1 cup sugar to soft peaks. Spread on top of the cake layer. Sprinkle with the almond slices. Bake for 30 -35 minutes, or until the meringue is golden brown and puffed. Cool on a wire rack in the pan. Transfer to a cutting board. When the cake is cool, put the cream in a medium bowl and scrape in the vanilla seeds. Discard the vanilla pod. Beat to soft peaks with an electric mixer, about 3 minutes. Cut the cake in half crosswise with a serrated knife. Place one half of the cake on a serving tray and cover with the cream. Place the other half, meringue side up, on top. Let the cake sit for 1 hour in the fridge before serving. INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM


Scandinavian Summers are Magical

candinavian summers are magical. With their long, bright days and midnight sun, you have the amazing opportunity to experience Nordic nature at its best. In summer, the landscapes are bathed by nearly 24 hours of sunlight a day, reaching forest floors that produce dew-soaked berries in a myriad of colors and varieties. They ripen early summer until late autumn, which plays an important role in Nordic cuisine.

To many Scandinavians, the taste of summer is found in the wild berry season. Traditionally, one of their greatest joys is hiking through Nordic forests and bush lands during berry-picking season. Generations of families enjoy gathering berries as a solitary or family pastime. Families then pass down their methods for preserving these precious gifts and how to incorporate them into their winter meals. Flavorful and antioxidant-rich, here are a few Nordic berry favorites.

CLOUDBERRIES These coveted berries are found in mountainous marshlands of Arctic Norway, Sweden and Finland for a few weeks every late summer. The fruit of the cloudberry plant, often referred to as “Mountain Gold” is a golden-amber color that resembles raspberries and blackberries. Prized for its scarcity just as much as the flavor it brings to Norwegian desserts, the cloudberry — known as “multe” in Norwegian — is notoriously hard to find. Juicy, sweet and sour all at once, they are a culinary delight and have come to define Norwegian cuisine and culture. A traditional Norwegian Christmas dessert is cloudberry whipped cream piped into “krumkaker,” a crisp, cone-shaped waffle. LINGONBERRIES Found under forest canopies in the Nordic Artic tundra, these sweet-and-sour red berries are a staple in Scandinavian cuisine. Lingonberries grow from late July to September and prefer to grow in shady locales, such as forest edges. Lingonberries are too tart to be eaten without sugar, which makes them ideal berries for desserts, jams and sauces. Traditionally, they were collected in the summertime, crushed with sugar and preserved at room temperature for an accompaniment to winter red meats. Still today, lingonberry jam is served as a perfect side to rich red-meat dishes such as meatballs, venison roasts and meatloaf. STRAWBERRIES Not much fruit grows naturally in Norway because of the long winters, but berries, however, thrive. Wild strawberries or "Jordbær" in Norwegian are an alltime favorite. Woodland strawberries are found early June through July in Nordic regions. Smaller in comparison to your average garden variety, they are packed with more flavor and deeper red in color. So coveted in Norway that exact locations of hidden, favorite strawberry patches are well-kept family secrets passed from generation to generation. They are served crushed as a sugar-free alternative to traditional jam. Topped on anything from buttered toast to pancakes and waffles, they are best loved as a favorite summer dessert — simply fresh wild strawberries topped with a dash of cream. BLUEBERRIES Unlike the oversized store-bought, pale-fleshed blueberries we purchase at the supermarket, Scandinavian blueberries are small and deep purple all the way through the fruit. From the northern to the southern regions, they are found in Sweden, Norway and Finland. Easy to find, their low-growing bushes cover entire forest floors from mid-July to August. Eager pickers get in early to fill their buckets with fresh berries and then freeze them for later use in the year. Wild Nordic blueberries are tart but more flavorful and are enjoyed simply fresh, topped with cream and a sprinkle of sugar. INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM



Sweet lemon aid BY DAYNA DEL VAL


s you read this, we’re either still in or have just come out of an unprecedented global pandemic. Think about that for a minute. What other event in our planet’s entire history has literally brought the entire world together and absolutely isolated everyone simultaneously? Not every country fought in either of the World Wars and, while there have been other isolating pandemics, we didn’t have the benefit of technology to connect to people anywhere on the planet like we do today. So, what has happened because of this pandemic? There’s been a run on, of all things, yeast. People are endeavoring to bake more at home — something not done by the masses in decades. Families are eating dinner together with much more regularity. People are playing board games, doing puzzles, taking up knitting, planning vegetable gardens. A woman in North Dakota started a hashtag #AWorldofHearts and people across the globe are decorating their

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front windows, hospital hallway windows, business windows and more with incredible heart designs meant to remind us all that we are not alone, despite how isolated we all are. In short, we’re coming together, despite being asked to stay apart, in beautiful and remarkable ways. And more importantly, in ways that we would likely not have ever considered doing without the demand of a worldwide shutdown. Is there fear and uncertainty around this time? Absolutely. There’s no question that the divide between the haves and the have-nots is likely to grow in alarming ways. Independent restaurants, shops and breweries as well as the nonprofit sector are taking an enormous hit. Hospitals are overwhelmed. And all around the world, people are mourning the loss of loved ones who contracted Covid-19 and lost their battle with it. But you know what I did, that I never would’ve done without this overarching

dictum to stay inside? My husband and I Facetimed our son in Los Angeles while baking the same scones recipe, one of our favorites from his childhood, and making and eating brunch together one Sunday. We were face to face for nearly two hours, and we loved every minute of it. I watched my son open up a jar of peach jam I made last summer and brought with me when I visited last. We laughed about a funny detail in the recipe that we used to giggle over when he was little and were making them together in one kitchen. He set his table, and we set ours, and we enjoyed Sunday brunch, like we always did when he lived at home. And for those two hours, I forgot about the uncertainty and the distance, and I loved having brunch with my two favorite men. Yes, this is a scary, uncertain time, but talk about the world choosing to make some fabulous lemon aid from some pretty epic lemons. Look to the good — it’s always there. INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM


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