The ladies of our local Daughters of Norway chapter, Nellie Gerdrum Lodge #41, are all facing a busy two weeks as they prepare for their ninth annual Scandinavian Fair, a highly attended holiday event that includes a Scandinavian Bakery, a café that serves traditional favorites like homemade pea soup and lefse, and Nordic crafts offered for sale by talented artisans.
My contribution this year is going to be a batch of Norwegian Goro – delicately imprinted cookies that are prepared on a special cookie iron, flavored with cardamom, and have a texture that's a unique cross between a cookie, a cracker, and a waffle. Like most Scandinavian cookies, Goro can be baked ahead in quantity and frozen, making it easy to include them as part of the seven-item cookie plate that is traditional in Norwegian and Norwegian-American households during the holiday season.
If you're in the Pacific Northwest on November 15th, drive on up to the Hampton Inn's Fox Hall in Bellingham, WA and check out the festivities!
A few of the Scandinavian baked goods you're likely to find available, compliments of the Nellie Gerdrum Lodge:
Goro image ©2008 Kari Diehl, licensed to About.com.