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Mike (WA)

12-06-2012 14:44:18
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I think lutefisk is codfish that has been soaked in lye (and yes, it is fully as good as it sounds!). Don't know about the aged trout- what is the Scandihoovian name for it, B & D?




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Thesmoothedeere

12-06-2012 18:12:17
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 Re: OT what are we making? in reply to Mike (WA), 12-06-2012 14:44:18  
Quote from Garrison Keillor's book Lake Wobegon Days:
Every Advent we entered the purgatory of lutefisk, a repulsive gelatinous fishlike dish that tasted of soap and gave off an odor that would gag a goat. We did this in honor of Norwegian ancestors, much as if survivors of a famine might celebrate their deliverance by feasting on elm bark. I always felt the cold creeps as Advent approached, knowing that this dread delicacy would be put before me and I'd be told, "Just have a little." Eating a little was like vomiting a little, just as bad as a lot.

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big fred

12-06-2012 16:17:24
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 Re: OT what are we making? in reply to Mike (WA), 12-06-2012 14:44:18  
Lutefisk is codfish that's caught, soaked in lye, then dried until it becomes the general consistency of a termite-eaten 2x4 (though not near as tasty), then dunked in a big vat of water to reconstitute it. When it's in that vat, you gotta keep dunking it under the surface, and canoe paddles are often used for that task, since the codfish sometimes doesn't know it's been dead for several years and tries to jump out of the vat. When it comes out of that water, it's unceremoniously dumped into a cauldron of boiling water. This step, in a Lutheran church supper, is often done in a tent outside, since the stench is so overpowering as to destroy everyone's appetite. Once it has reached the consistency of firm snot, it is served, generally along with mashed potatoes, meatballs and gravy, white bread and lefse (with butter and sugar).

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Dick

12-06-2012 19:32:39
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 Re: OT what are we making? in reply to big fred, 12-06-2012 16:17:24  
Hey Big Fred, that is a perfect description of the makings of a Lutefisk dinner.

Ve always ate it vith boiled potatoes and a chalky white gravy, helped to kill the taste of the Lutefisk. I could always tell vhen Lutefisk vas on the stove. You could smell the stench as soon as you valked in the door. Ve would buy the lutefisk at the local market that vas in a wooden barrel. All the Scandanavians in the area vould come and buy it around Christmas. Herring too, that ve would pickle with lots of onions.

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buickanddeere

12-06-2012 17:11:59
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 Re: OT what are we making? in reply to big fred, 12-06-2012 16:17:24  
One of the funniest posts I've read in a long time.



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Mike (WA)

12-06-2012 16:51:33
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 Re: OT what are we making? in reply to big fred, 12-06-2012 16:17:24  
Well, sure, Big Fred- of course it sounds good, when you hype it like that. . .

My brother in law is as Norwegian as it gets, and when his church had a lutefisk dinner, his comment was, "Thats some pretty nasty stuff, right there. . ."



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Larry@stinescorners

12-06-2012 16:29:15
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 Re: OT what are we making? in reply to big fred, 12-06-2012 16:17:24  
I think I saw the guy on bizzare foods eat it,he didnt like it,and he eats anything!



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8N'r--WI

12-06-2012 16:26:16
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 Re: OT what are we making? in reply to big fred, 12-06-2012 16:17:24  
Fred----I couldn"t have ever described it more accurately....I married into a Norwegian family and was introduced to lutefisk at a family event......I politely tried it once....that is one of the few foods that I refuse to eat!!

It has been 46 years since the first and last time I ate it.

Love the lefse though....

Tim



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