Category Archives: Foods

Rhubarb, Anyone?

My wife makes a killer rhubarb dessert, so this afternoon while enjoying a scoop of it warm from the oven, with vanilla ice cream, I decided I had to reminisce a bit. Rhubarb was part of our family’s diet from … Continue reading

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A Christmas Tradition Question

I subscribe to the blog of Wisconsin writer Jerry Apps who wrote of his family’s Christmas Eve tradition of oyster soup or stew, of doing it again this year and hoping it would continue to the next generation. He mentioned … Continue reading

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Potatoes and Herring

Have you ever wondered about all those white Norwegian foods? Lefse, flatbread, rommegrot, krumkake,  fattigman, sandbakkels, rosettes, to name a few. On the meat side, there’s lutefisk and herring. I think about this sometimes. Even now, when the food on … Continue reading

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Lutefisk, Anyone?

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 … Continue reading

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The Butter vs. Oleo Battles

Do you remember anything about the butter vs. oleo “battles” in Wisconsin? Do you recall any episodes on this subject in your own home as you were growing up? Wisconsin’s license plates still have the words, “America’s Dairyland,” and they … Continue reading

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A Toast to Gina

Before the days of summer depart and the dandelions give up their attempt to overwhelm us, I offer this brief post as a remembrance of Gina, grandmother to us Borreson cousins. Mary and I have been enjoying the second of two … Continue reading

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Nordic Fest Reunion

While some of my cousins (spouses and children too) spent two or three days immersed in all things Norwegian at Decorah’s Nordic Fest, Mary and I were able to be there only Friday. But I know we included the right event … Continue reading

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