Scandinavian cuisine was brought to America by immigrants and has had a strong influence on the regional dishes of the northern Midwest (including Chicago and Milwaukee) where large groups of those immigrants settled. The foods of the cold northern countries of Scandinavia tend to be solid, heavy, and warming. With so much coastline, it's no surprise that fish play a lead role in Scandinavian cuisine, along with herbs like dill and parsley that grow there. In the wonderful baking of Scandinavian countries, warming spices like ginger and cardamom are popular. The spices listed below are those most frequently used in Scandinavian cooking.