Uff da! Lutefisk loyalists dwindling

  • Article by: KIM ODE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 7, 2012 - 11:11 PM

The popularity of the iconic holiday fish is in decline. Its most loyal diners are aging and they're eating less fish at fewer dinners.

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mnmaidDec. 7, 1211:15 PM

No Lutfisk for us Swedes at Xmas, but we do have Swedish potato sausage, Swedish meatballs (not those horrendous things they sell at Ikea, either--those are so NOT Swedish meatballs!), lingonberries, rice pudding, Julekage, limpa, and the only fish we'll have is pickled herring. Heritage and traditions aren't lost, they just may take a different form.

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hockeydad2Dec. 7, 1211:29 PM

Saw that Norm's Wayside in Buffalo is having Lutefisk dinners ... I think it's Friday's in December . . . If you're into that sort of thing !

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jimbotDec. 8, 12 7:22 AM

The Normandy Inn in Downtown Minneapolis serves a terrific lutefisk dinner.

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fooledmeonceDec. 8, 12 7:23 AM

and this is why God created the walleye, nothing finer than fresh out of the water walleye fillets

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editor29Dec. 8, 12 7:57 AM

I've had lutefisk, and I've had boiled Styrofoam packing peanuts slathered in melted butter. Gotta say, it's a toss-up.

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davehougDec. 8, 12 9:32 AM

A relative of 100 years died last week. She was able to make a flaky lutefisk. It takes experience and skill to turn out a great lutefisk. I learned this year the great Cod fishing off Cape Cod was used to feed the slaves in the Carribean (and of course many other nations). There was basically only ONE food source that could be shipped without spoilage and cheaper than putting a pricey slave to work raising food rather than profitable crops.

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valkyrie11Dec. 8, 1210:30 AM

the numbers are dwindling cuz it tastes like crap. People back in the day didn't have much and would eat ANYTHING, but not anymore. My Aunt used to make it for my Dad and Uncle (we got meatballs and gravy, she wouldn't make us eat it) and I would watch them drown that crap in melted butter and pepper, yuck.

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roymercerDec. 8, 1210:40 AM

Why would anyone choose to eat starvation-era peasant food in this day and age?

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drudgemonkeyDec. 8, 1211:45 AM

Without the tradition, it is just a bad tasting meal, unappealing to the senses. That's why its dropping off. No reason for a new-comer to try it or desire it again if they do decide to try it once.

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cbehlingDec. 8, 12 5:20 PM

We were in Norway about 8 years ago and no one we talked to knew anything about lutefisk! By the way you can't tell you're not in the USA because everyone speaks wonderful Midwestern English.

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