So, what are you having for Christmas dinner? Did you ever have lutefisk, that lye-soaked cod with which Norwegian-Americans have a love/hate relationship? Or as my mother-in-law loved to say, “the piece of cod that surpasses all understanding”?
I was thinking about this “fragrant” dish after reading a wonderful article on lutefisk in the Smithsonian magazine online – that’s right, the Smithsonian! Lutefisk finally gets proper acknowledgement in a prominent magazine! I invite you to read it.
I don’t remember my father Garven telling about eating lutefisk as he was growing up in Fitch Coulee; maybe Sid remembers if Gina served it to the family. But we sure have eaten it in later years. Sometimes Mom would make it around the holidays; my wife Mary used to make it at Christmas too. A few very popular lutefisk church dinners are still held around here every fall, including North Beaver Creek and First Lutheran in Blair. Usually Mary and I go to Drugan’s six miles north of Holmen where we can order it any Sunday, October through March. They always fix it just right and we love it! Does your family still enjoy it?
I was not intending to do this short post, but lutefisk is quite a motivator! What was once the simple diet of Norwegian immigrants with little money now has become a supreme cuisine… well, some folks have a contrary opinion, but that’s okay. Bon appetit!