Does your family enjoy the Norwegian tradition of gathering for a special holiday meal on Christmas Eve? Or maybe you’d like to start a family tradition with a Christmas buffet or julebord. Join the "Three Kitchen Nisser" as you learn to prepare traditional Nordic, time-honored foods including lutefisk, ribbe (pork loin rib), pinnekjøt (dried mutton ribs), potato lefse, flat bread, stewed peas, rutabaga, riskrem (rice pudding), cheeses and a selection of cookies. For more modern tastes that prefer a lighter julebord, a second buffet will provide small open-faced sandwiches using ingredients chosen to complement six new herbal aquavits from America and Scandinavia. We will honor tradition, even as we embrace positive new elements, all the while enjoying the flavors and aromas of a Scandinavian Christmas. God jul!
Darlene Fossum-Martin, of Decorah, Iowa, is a third-generation Norwegian, who grew up on a small farm near Spring Grove, Minnesota, the first Norwegian settlement in the state. She is both a woodworker and Norwegian food specialist. She has always had a passion for the folk arts and the way her Norwegian forefathers expressed themselves through their work with their hands and hearts.
Darlene loves working with wood in its natural form and is amazed what beauty a simple incised line can give to a piece of wood. She is an avid kolroser and has carved with Judy Ritger, Harley Refsal, and Norwegians Kåre Herfindal and Leif Ottar Flaten.
She says her cooking style is shaped by the Norwegian foodways of her ancestors. Her strengths in Norwegian cooking come from the women in her family, as well as the years she spent living in Norway. Darlene has taught traditional Scandinavian immigrant food classes for adults and children of all ages throughout the Midwest, Colorado, and at John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina. Darlene says, “What better way to keep traditions alive for future generations than sharing these time-honored recipes of our immigrant forefathers.”
Carole is a retired family and consumer science (home ec) high school teacher, and Dennis is retired from organic dairy farming research and outreach at the University of Minnesota. Both are Scandinavian, Carole a Dane and Dennis Norwegian-Finn. They both have degrees from NDSU and the University of Minnesota. Their experience includes creating a public television program, “Scandinavian Christmas Traditions,” and coordinating a variety of public Scandinavian foods events for family, churches, and organizations.