Dr. Elizabeth Pierce takes time from her hectic summer schedule to talk with us about her research into the Medieval period of the North Atlantic and her work as a lecturer.
In the first part of the interview, she takes us to Greenland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands as we discuss her dissertation research. Elizabeth was examining the differences of Norse culture at the periphery. It is a fascinating talk about the cultural diversity across the North Atlantic.
Next, she talks about her work as a lecturer aboard cruise ships. We’ve all heard about this excellent job. I always thought it was a fairy tale told to us in graduate school, but it’s true. Unlike unicorns, this position does exist, and Elizabeth has one! All kidding aside, Elizabeth works hard at bringing history alive for the folks aboard these ships. It’s a great story as she talks about her visit to Greenland.
Finally, Elizbeth parts with her treasured spinach and artichoke dip. Apparently, this dip has made its way across most of the North Atlantic. I’ll be sure to make here in Norway!
The week’s recipe:
Spinach and Artichoke Dip
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
¼ C. mayonnaise
1 C. grated parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic, minced
1 14 oz. can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
½ C. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients in a bowl in order listed. Put in an oven-safe dish and bake in a 350 degree oven until hot.