After reading this article with 50 food gifts from the 50 states, I started feeling nostalgic for my family's Scandinavian Christmas traditions. I love the colors, textures and flavors that my Grandparents strive to preserve for us each year.
My grandmother takes the time to make home made lefse (a very thin potato pancake), and prepare Lutefisk as well. Though Lutefisk is not for the faint of heart (these fish are soaked in lye for heaven's sake!) and doesn't offer much to the palate, she makes it each year as a living remembrance of their heritage and the culture of their parents and their parents before them. I think that is rather beautiful, and I'll eat a bland, gelatinous forkful to honor them every time it is offered me. Food is about so much more than simple flavor, after all. It binds us to the past and future in a way unlike anything else I know of.
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