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Happy Syttende Mai

By May 17, 2011

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Today, May 17th (Syttende Mai), native Norwegians and Norwegians at heart celebrate Norway's Constitution Day. In Norway, children and teenagers dress in traditional costumes, called "bunads," and parade through the streets. In several American cities, children and adults alike take the opportunity to reconnect with their inner Viking by donning horned hats and consuming substantial amounts of pea soup, krumkake, and - for 12 intrepid fish-eating contest participants in Viking Fest at Poulsbo, WA - lutefisk (dried cod traditionally cured in lye).

While I will selflessly sacrifice signing up for the lutefisk-eating contest so that others may enjoy that gastronomic delight, I've already begun to make krumkake, fragile, beautifully imprinted Norwegian cookies, for our family to enjoy while we participate in the celebrations.


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