The Return of Lutefisk!

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The Return of Lutefisk! - Mon, 11/5/12 1:29 PM
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I posted a similar report a couple of years ago, but the photos are no longer around, so here's a re-visit from this year's event. I'll let the photos tell the story, but it's Moe Lutheran Church near Clear Lake, WI. Enjoy.
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Mon, 11/5/12 1:41 PM
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Yum!

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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Mon, 11/5/12 1:41 PM
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Lovely photography!  You almost make the lutefisk look palatable.
 
Thanks!
 
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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Mon, 11/5/12 1:46 PM
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The first one of the season here was last Saturday so there should be a few more before too long.

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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Mon, 11/5/12 2:00 PM
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I thought Moe was Jewish?
 
Regardless, very nice post and pics.

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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Mon, 11/5/12 2:06 PM
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joerogo


I thought Moe was Jewish?


No, that was Curley.


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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Mon, 11/5/12 3:27 PM
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Brothers Curly, Moe and Shemp Howard were actually Jerome, Moses and Samuel Horowitz... definitely Jewish.   

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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Mon, 11/5/12 5:30 PM
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That is one brave little boy!!!  Lovely pictures - thanks for sharing.

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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Mon, 11/5/12 5:48 PM
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Very beautiful and evocative photography ~ meatballs look good, too!

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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Tue, 11/6/12 5:44 PM
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GREAT Photos......lovely people............nice church.......some interesting looking food...............and I'll still pass on the main topic!

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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Tue, 11/6/12 8:45 PM
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Some of the best pics I have seen! Swedish meatballs! I made a huge batch for my niece's wedding! The real recipe is awesome.....
 

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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Wed, 11/7/12 9:14 AM
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Note the lefse too.
 
Homemade Lefse is something I always look forward to made by someone who knows how to make it during the Holidays. We don't make it. We're not Lutherans.

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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Wed, 11/7/12 9:18 AM
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joerogo


I thought Moe was Jewish?

Regardless, very nice post and pics.


I think "Moe" is a common name for many Luthern churches in  the upper midwest/plains and refers to a parish in Norway from where many immigrated back in the 19th century.  But I like the 3 Stooges reference.

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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Wed, 11/7/12 9:38 AM
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On a program from Travel Channel called "Bizarre Foods" with Andrew Zimmern featured a visit to a small town north and west of the Twin cities that had a lutefisk dinner at a Luthern church.  If you have watched Zimmern, you are aware that he consumes some pretty bizarre foods.  However if I recall correctly even Zimmern had a hard time with Lutefisk but after a few bites, he declared the taste improving???
 
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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Wed, 11/7/12 11:38 AM
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My guess is he was just doing that for effect Paul. Lutefisk is just cod, after all.  Actually, most people are more put off by the texture of lutefisk when not prepared by skilled cooks (it ends up like an unappetizing jelly).  It certainly is nowhere near as intense as mackerels and salty lox and oysters and many other seafoods people love (many of which Zimmern grew up with on the East Coast).
 
 
 

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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Wed, 11/7/12 11:52 AM
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Davydd


Note the lefse too.

Homemade Lefse is something I always look forward to made by someone who knows how to make it during the Holidays. We don't make it. We're not Lutherans.

  In the early 1960's in Junior High I had a Swedish Home Ec teacher who taught us how to make Lefse. It was so delicious! I've never had it anywhere else since and I still crave that taste.

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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Wed, 11/7/12 5:23 PM
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Here's some lefse:
 

 


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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Wed, 11/7/12 6:13 PM
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Good, homemade lefse, is such a treat. I have only had it once......

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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Wed, 11/7/12 6:30 PM
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     Actually all the Stooges were Jewish execpt Curley Joe DeRita.
 
     I always wanted to try Lutefisk.  It's probally hard to find in Pontiac MI.

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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Wed, 11/7/12 7:47 PM
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ann peeples


Good, homemade lefse, is such a treat. I have only had it once......

In Osseo, Wisconsin you can stop at the Norske Nook and order this Meatball Lefse Meal Wrap...


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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Wed, 11/7/12 8:15 PM
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Davydd


ann peeples


Good, homemade lefse, is such a treat. I have only had it once......

In Osseo, Wisconsin you can stop at the Norske Nook and order this Meatball Lefse Meal Wrap...


 
 

 
 
 
"Ya Sure, you betcha"
 


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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Wed, 11/7/12 10:13 PM
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Granted, it's a strong taste, and not for the faint of heart, but I like it. It's not too accessible where I live, but I can sometimes get it when traveling.

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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Thu, 11/8/12 8:41 AM
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I've never eaten it, only seen it in a frozen tv dinner at a convenience store in Poulsbo Wa. But as I understand it it will put the fear of cod in you.

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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Thu, 11/8/12 2:18 PM
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Davydd


Note the lefse too.

Homemade Lefse is something I always look forward to made by someone who knows how to make it during the Holidays. We don't make it. We're not Lutherans.
 
When making your trips up/down the river, if you do WI Hwy 35, there is a nice little lefse shop in Fountain City right across 35 from the Golden Frog (old, real place, worth a stop all by itself).
 
Nice shop, nice people, and they make the booty right in the next room.
 
http://www.lefsetime.com/visit-us-at-lefse-time/
 
 

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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Thu, 11/8/12 2:57 PM
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easydoesit

When making your trips up/down the river, if you do WI Hwy 35, there is a nice little lefse shop in Fountain City right across 35 from the Golden Frog (old, real place, worth a stop all by itself).

Nice shop, nice people, and they make the booty right in the next room.

http://www.lefsetime.com/visit-us-at-lefse-time/


Our next trip to La Crosse, WI will be for Thanksgiving. We usually drive the fastest way down via Rochester and vary our routes home sometimes Rochester again or via Wisconsin or Minnesota sides of the Mississippi River. Most of the time those are leisurely Sunday afternoon drives with a stop some place.

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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Thu, 11/8/12 3:02 PM
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wanderingjew






"Ya Sure, you betcha"



Wanderingjew I was wondering when your sage wisdom was going to popup in the thread.

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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Thu, 11/8/12 3:11 PM
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Davydd


Note the lefse too.

Homemade Lefse is something I always look forward to made by someone who knows how to make it during the Holidays. We don't make it. We're not Lutherans.

 
Don't know what happened to that last message, just wanted to mention the store.
 
But your comment on 'someone who knows how to make it' is right on the mark.  We are probably losing many things as we rush towards our national homogenization.  My mother, of solid Bohemian/Czech heritage, used to make a thing I loved -- a sort of sauerkraut cracker, thin, crispy and chewy together, salty, darkened edges, -- made with lard and flour into dough like a pie crust, with kraut mixed in and everything rolled thin, then salted and baked until crispy done.  Just those few simple ingredients.
 
In our house it was called (phonetically) zel-ne-akk (or ach).  "Zel" or "zele" means sauerkraut, but the rest I can't be sure of. I can't find it on the internet, after many attempts.   As a kid, I always thought the spelling was 'zelniak" but I don't really have a clue.  That's how we said it, though.
 
After Mom died, my sister made them for us as a Christmas gift for a few years, and then reported they are WAY too much work, which they are.  It takes those older church ladies for that kind of dedication.
 
I always thoughts these sauerkraut cracker things had some commercial potential, especially in this snacking age.  Mix in a little smashed onion, peppers, maybe..., who knows what will take off?   
 
But anyway, I haven't seen them for thirty years.  I am going to make a run to Cedar Rapids to check out the Bohemian places there, maybe I'll get lucky. 
 
But where can I find those wonderful Bohemian church ladies that know how to make this stuff, not just zelniak, but bukta (buchta?), which is a terrific potato dumpling?  They will be gone soon, like so many other things. 

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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Thu, 11/8/12 3:42 PM
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Davydd


ann peeples


Good, homemade lefse, is such a treat. I have only had it once......

In Osseo, Wisconsin you can stop at the Norske Nook and order this Meatball Lefse Meal Wrap...


 
Sorry but I really crave a good dry lefse with a touch of butter and a touch of cinnamon, this looks horrible to me!

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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Fri, 11/9/12 11:16 AM
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The meatball Lefse meal wrap looks just terrific..wish I was close enough to drive there today...thanks for the great picture.

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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Fri, 11/9/12 12:07 PM
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Love the great photos.I doubt I would care to eat it.,but I certainly would try the other foods.I don't know if my dad ever tried any,growing up in Milwaukee.I know they are big up there on fish frys,and being good german katholischers that the family is ,they always ate fish on Fridays.Even after the Church said we could eat meat on Fridays, my parents still insisted on fish for that day.
I know what you mean about the old foods dying out. My grand mother used to make cookies and such for the holidays sometimes, with rendered goose or chicken fat, it makes them very rich.
Maybe a few old ladies do,but not the young ones. There is a book, called America Eats I have at home.It was a prodject of the WPA.It finally many years later published into a book.I'll have to look, but I believe it has an article in it onLutefisk.

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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Mon, 12/24/12 8:03 PM
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Think I would run from this stuff.

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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Tue, 12/25/12 2:36 PM

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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Tue, 12/25/12 2:43 PM
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It's interesting that the Tribune feels the need to attribute lutefisk to Minnesota when at one time the largest Norwegian settlement outside of Norway was in Wisconsin.
 
I believe that's called "deflecting the blame".

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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Tue, 12/25/12 4:15 PM
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It could be because the Olsen Fish Co. That makes most all the lutefisk is in Minnesota and the Sons of Norway international organization headquarters is in Minneapolis. That, and we own the Ole and Lena jokes.

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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Thu, 12/27/12 2:29 PM
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And if you're having a lutefisk emergency.....there's a HOTLINE!!!
 


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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Thu, 12/27/12 2:32 PM
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And lutefisk was in abundance at Christmas supper...along with a pile of lefse!


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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Thu, 12/27/12 3:12 PM
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Love the lefse, those look perfect! A little butter and a little cinnamon.

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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Mon, 10/21/13 10:46 AM
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Figured I'd add some from this year's event. You might notice the people stay in their same roles year after year:

 
Pay at the altar:

 
The Lefse Ladies.  Note the church basement has a BUILT-IN PIE RACK right there in the main room (not hidden in the kitchen):

 
The Lady in Charge:

 
Voila!

 
The servers are all decked out in custom aprons:

 
Plate number one of...well.....more than one:

 
The lefse.  At this point, my camera lens kept fogging up due to the camera being cold and the moisture in the air from the lutefisk operation.

 
My middle one apparently showing off his post-feast belly:

 
Retreat to the cabin to visit (and grab a catnap up in the loft):

 

 
Outside the cabin:

 

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Re:The Return of Lutefisk! - Mon, 10/21/13 11:16 AM
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I spotted the first local "Lutefisk Dinner" sign of the season over the weekend and it's going to be November 2, I believe.  I suggest making hotel reservations very soon because they're going to sell out fast; Wanderingjew, you might be able to get a flight from Providence to Milwaukee.