For my cousin James's birthday, we usually have a small get together of the Dexter Dinner crowd. The hallmark of this get together is James's annual game of "Stump the Cooks" where he challenges Auntie Miranda and I on his choice of meal. So far we have ALWAYS risen to the challenge, I'm proud to say!
This year he challenged me to a dinner menu of "European peasant food" and since our family is primarily Scandinavian, that's the direction I went. His challenge to Auntie was "cherry and vanilla checkerboard". Yup, nailed it on both! Today, I present Swedish Meatballs (not made with the cream of mushroom soup man of us grew up on) with cranberry sauce. Later this week I'll have recipes for Jannsson's Temptation, Cucumber Salad, and Auntie's Cherry and Vanilla Checkerboard Cake.