Chef Paul Berglund
Chef Paul Berglund

Paul Berglund

Restaurant: The Bachelor Farmer (Read a review) Location: Minneapolis Why He's Amazing: Because he's redefining Nordic cooking in Minnesota with his sophisticated and modern treatment of its humble ingredients. Culinary School: Self-taught background: Oliveto (/sites/default/files/akland, CA), Rustica Bakery (Minneapolis), Heartland Restaurant (St. Paul) Quintessential Dish: Poached eggs, braised celery root, savoy spinach and porcini whey Heritage: He was raised in St. Louis. "My father's side is 100 percent Swedish." Former Career: Officer in the US Navy On the Bachelor Farmer: "Our food is, first and foremost, representative of where we are, which is Minneapolis, the upper Midwest, but there's a strong Nordic heritage here. [The food is] inspired by Nordic cooking but not necessarily attached to any hard and fast traditions." What He'd Be If He Wasn't a Chef: A park ranger
Burnt Butter
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Chef Paul Berglund cleverly mixes melted butter with softened butter, so the finished spread has a creamy texture and mild, nutty flavor. Slideshow:  How to Make Cultured Butter
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Pickled Garden Vegetables
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The stealth ingredient in this crunchy blend of carrots, radishes and cucumbers is mushroom broth, made by steeping dried porcini mushrooms in steaming hot water. The earthy flavor adds fantastic depth to the tangy pickles. Slideshow:  How to Make Pickles 
Grilled Double-Cut Pork Chops
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These pork chops are cut doubly thick so it's easy to give them a good char on the grill while keeping them super-juicy. They're also perfectly seasoned all the way through after a two-day soak in a brine packed with aromatics like juniper and onion. Plus:  More Delicious Grilling Recipes 
Paul Berglund’s delightful rendition of this sweet-tangy, egg-free pudding blends fresh orange juice and orange blossom water with the classic lemon juice and cream. Slideshow:  More Pudding Recipes 
Cauliflower florets are a sly substitute for half of the baby potatoes in this creamy salad. The white-on-white combo gets zingy lift from briny capers, mustard and freshly grated horseradish. Slideshow:  Potato Salad Recipes 
Swedish Butter Cookies
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The recipe for these smör bullar—light, crumbly pecan cookies similar to Mexican wedding cakes—comes from the terrific Swedish cook Marge Peterson. Slideshow:  More Cookie Recipes 
Chef Paul Berglund grills and marinates cucumbers from his rooftop garden at Minneapolis's The Bachelor Farmer. He adds smoked herring from Lake Superior, though the recipe is equally great with smoked trout. Slideshow: Great Cucumber Recipes
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Chef Paul Berglund grills and marinates cucumbers from his rooftop garden at Minneapolis's The Bachelor Farmer. He adds smoked herring from Lake Superior, though the recipe is equally great with smoked trout. Slideshow: Great Cucumber Recipes