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Special holiday traditions from my kitchen to yours

Posted by Amy Fouks, bakery category manager
Thursday, December 8, 2011

These days, I don’t have the time to cook and bake like grandma used to for us, but I still find myself wanting to carry on those special traditions to my children. Years ago, I recall asking my grandmother why our family has so many Scandinavian holiday traditions when we’re mostly of German heritage. She didn’t have a clear answer for me, but I suppose her friends and neighbors were Scandinavians and the traditions just rubbed off onto us! I guess that’s part of being a Minnesotan.

I remember grandma making barbecue ribs on Christmas Eve night for the kids while the adults ate the lutefisk (although some not so willingly). This was, of course, after the oyster stew with the little oyster crackers. I can still smell the steamed milk and the salty oysters in grandma’s old gold-colored ceramic bowls with the plates of lefse smeared with butter and sugar, krumkake, rosettes and peanut brittle.

After dinner it was all about the cookies! Chocolate krinkle cookies and thumbprint cookies filled with green icing. You can’t forget the cornflake cookies dyed green and shaped like little wreaths and cut-out sugar cookies iced and decorated. I remember almond crescent cookies and, of course, the traditional peanut butter cookies with the Hershey’s kiss on top. Oh…and the chocolate fudge cut into small pieces loaded with walnuts. Yum!

I’m sure a lot of you can relate to wanting to pass on family traditions. Luckily we can turn to the bakery at our nearest Lunds and Byerly’s for some of these delicious old-fashioned favorites like rosettes and krumkake! I also cheat a little and pick up some already-baked cut-out cookies from the bakery, whip up some icing and let the kids decorate them. It’s nice to pick up a few varieties of cookies while I bake a few more so my children will have some of the same memories as I do.

It’s fun to reminisce about Christmas’ past and all the traditions I remember, but the one thing I don’t miss is the smell of lutefisk floating in the air!
What are some of the Christmas food traditions you remember? What’s important to you to pass on to your children?

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