I am making this entry .... because ... some of these treats that can be ordered online have to be ordered this week in time for Christmas. LUTEFISK is often only available at Christmas-time. Our local IGA grocery stocks it then. WHAT IS LUTEFISK? You either love it or hate it. The smell is overpowering ... like some cheeses are especially stinky. Basically ... fish (cod) is dried until it is about like a boot sole. To make it edible again ... it is then soaked in lye for several days to make it edible again. It needs lots of rinsing; the texture becomes really soft/gelatinous ... sorta like fish jello. It must be cooked gently. My Mom always cooked it in a casserole dish in the oven, in a buttery milk sauce, with cracker crumbs on top. That's how I do it ... sometimes with a Bisquick crust on top ... with chicken soup base for flavor ... maybe some grated cheese, too.
- It is said that about half the Norwegians who immigrated to America came in order to escape the hated lutefisk, and the other half came to spread the gospel of lutefisk's wonderfulness.- Norwegian-American saying
Where to buy Lutefisk
"We at Mrs. Olson's love to poke fun at this Scandinavian culinary oddity (see link to humor page).
CLICK HERE:Mrs. Olson's Lefse- Potato Lefse &
Products Check out Mike's Fish and Seafood in Glenwood,
Minnesota. He will ship it right to your door!
at:Phone: (320) 634-5146
Web Page: CLICK HERE: www.lutefiskmike.com
Tell them Mrs. Olson sent you!"
Click here: Lutefisk, Lyefish, Lutefisk History and Recipes
PHOTOS & MUCH INFO
Finnish baking, Finnish cooking : Finni
Click here: Clusty Search » "saffron bread" OR "saffron buns"
MY MOM, & GRAMMA, USTA MAKE IT AS A "POUND-CAKE" RECIPE ... LIKE A COFFEE CAKE. Saffron is so expensive now ... I always simmered the heck out of it to extract all the flavor ... then added to my batter.
EVERYTHING THAT YOU EVER
WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SAFFRON
Click here: Spice Pages: Saffron (Crocus sativus)
NOTE: I hear that, since saffron is so high priced, they are trying (somewhat successfully) to talk farmers into ripping up their drug-making plants & grow SAFFRON instead.
"Saffron Seen as Alternative to Opium"
A new initiative to plant the precious flower may help wean northern farmers away from poppies".
"Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world and India is set to cash in on the potential for profit.The farmers in the area are keen to grow saffron as the spice fetches a high price of nearly US $400 per kg. However, the quality of saffron depends largely upon the process of drying the stigmas and styles of the flower and you need 150,000 flowers to make 1kg of the spice."
Click here: Crisp bread - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
AT OUR LOCAL SUPERMARKET, I BUY THE MODERN, PACKAGED VERSION OF THE TRADITIONAL SKANDINAVIAN "CRISP-BREAD" ... SORTA LIKE "RYE-CRISP" . This product is baked in Finland.
Click here: www.vaasan.com the Finnish bakery
Liberty Richter/World Finer Food
300 Broaddacres DriveBloomfield
New Jersey 07003USA\