Anyone for LUTEFISK?


Have you heard of lutefisk?

It’s a traditional dish of some Nordic countries.

It is made from aged whitefish and lye.

Yes LYE.

It is gelatinous in texture and I’ve heard that it’s an ACQUIRED taste.

No shit!

Well, the Sons of Norway lodge near me is hosting their annual Lutefisk and Meatball dinner on November 30th.

I really want to go and see just what all the fuss is about.

This is a two-day event with three seatings a day.

How could there POSSIBLY be that many people who eat lutefisk???

We’re in California, not Scandinavia.

The problem is, I ALREADY told Barbara what lutefisk is, so I don’t think she’d be interested in going.

And I simply can’t think of anyone else who might be adventurous enough to try lutefisk with me.

Personally, I plan on smelling it and perhaps touching a little of the fish jelly to my tongue.

Somehow eating lye just doesn’t sound that good.

I’m sure a lot of these popular retro foods exist because when people were poor and lacked refrigeration, this was a way to preserve their food.

Not ideal, but certainly a necessity.

So I’m curious to SAMPLE it.

Anyone want to try lutefisk with me?

F*cking Swedish Meatballs

Today, as I chatted with my friend Michelle, I realized that I’m doing things specifically to please The Swede.

I bought him a Man Crate for Christmas.

He has to open it with a crowbar.

I picked out a cool shirt for his daughter.

I’m joining a lodge for the Daughters of Norway.

I’m even learning Swedish.


Eventually I’ll be able to say, “Jag kan prata lite Svenska” and actually mean it.

The truth is I like to do things, and learning about my Nordic heritage is just one more worthy activity to occupy my time and keep me engaged.

My only reservation about it is that it is lacking in ethnic diversity.

Oh, sure there are all different age groups represented, though it does tend to skew toward older women but I’ve learned that there are acres of wisdom in older generations.

And how else will I learn how to cook those awesome little Swedish meatballs without someone showing me?!

I got a recipe for FRUIT SOUP during my first lodge meeting.

And it is NOTHING like sangria, which is MY version of fruit soup.

These are the things I need to know.

Yes, so I can impress a man.

He should already be impressed but just in case he isn’t I am pulling out all the stops.

I might not be able to speak the language as well as The Swede speaks English, but at some point I will be able to cook him a Swedish meatball.

I’m obsessed with fucking Swedish meatballs.