At first mention of Norwegian food, I'm certain lutefisk tops the list of the most famous of Scandi exports (if only for that eww factor). When I think of Norway, I think pastries: krumkake, fattigman and sandbakkels. I could never get enough pepperkaker, even if I tried.
Coming soon are two events featuring Norwegian baked goods - and you won't want to miss out on buying them. Cardamom, butter, potato, hot griddles and cookie presses, the little fluted tart pans. Norwegian bake-a-thons are glorious things. I'll have a story in next Wednesday's food section about baking Norwegian cookies at home. Until then, check out these two events in Edgewood and Tacoma this week and next that will offer a limited selection of Norwegian treats (get there early and buy lots, they won't last long):
From Embla Lodge president and chair of Nordic Festival, Mardy Fairchild, here are the details of how to dine at the festival:Hot lunch: From Fairchild, "We will be selling Swedish meatballs, gravy, boiled potatoes and lingonberry sauce for $4.00 a plate. We will also be selling split pea soup for $3.00 a bowl." Diners can eat there or take it home. Rolls and beverages for sale, too.Nordic Bakery: "We will be selling a wide variety (way too many to mention) of Norwegian kaker (cookies) including krumkake, sandbakkelse, rosettes, fattigman, and ingefær spritz, just to name a few. The cookies will sell for $4.00 per box. We also are selling three rounds of Potet Lefse (Potato Lefse) for $5.00 per package, Julekake (Christmas cake, actually it's a sweet bread) for $8.00 per loaf, and pies for $10.00."
Sons of Norway Lutefisk Dinner, Meatballs and Bake Sale When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 20Where: Normanna Hall, 1106 S. 15th St., 253-752-8686, norden2.comTickets: $20 adults, $10 children 7-12, free for kids 6 and younger
Check back next week for more details, but the event will feature a lutefisk dinner, meatballs and s small bake sale on Oct. 20.