December 20, 2010

The Seventh and Eighth Days of Christmas

"She gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and  laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn." Luke 2:7

     Well, no post yesterday, because I was on the couch with a cold most of the day.  It's still here, but I feel more like writing today (and the post may be coherent - no guarantees of yesterday would have been like).

     Because America is full of people from so many different backgrounds and heritages, we get to enjoy Christmas foods from many other countries!  On my mom's side, my grandma is 100% Norwegian, and my Grandpa is 50%, so we have lots of traditional Scandinavian foods at Christmas.

  • Lefse -  Lefse is essentially a very thin, large, tender potato tortilla.  It's usually eaten with butter and sugar, rolled up.  Here's a recipe - we cheat.  Traditionally, people cook potatoes and then rice them.  We use 7up and potato flakes but there's no difference in taste.  
  • Rosettes - These are so good!  A hot iron (usually flower shaped) is dipped in a thin batter, then cooked in hot oil until crisp.  Then they're sprinkled with sugar!  Northern groceries often carry them around Christmas time.  
  • Lutefisk - I'll spare you most of the details.  Lutefisk is lye-treated codfish that somehow does not kill you.  Actually, with enough butter, it's not that bad.  It has a texture that resembles jello, just tougher.  We try not to eat this, and have been successful the past decade or so.  I don't think anyone misses it.
Do you have any food traditions for Christmas?

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