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Potluck and FamilyFun
by upnorthfoodie (upnorthfoodie)
at December 19th, 2011 (08:49 pm)

At work today, we had a potluck lunch. Noting the list of what others had signed up for, there seemed to be a dearth of healthy food and so I picked this spinach-orange-olive salad from Michael Chiarello that I have made a few times before.

I think it went over ok. I did use kalamata olives instead of plain black olives and omitted the ricotta salata. I had leftovers, which I then served with steak sandwiches for supper.

The other reason I'm posting is that I was thinking about Christmas baking traditions. I spent Saturday baking (and meant to get a picture, oops) because my kids' godparents always get boxes of cookies from us. Hopefully, we will make lefse and krumkake again as well. Though, I'm not sure that we could top last year where we had two lefse griddles going at once and my very large kitchen filled with my parents, aunt and uncle, cousin and her husband, and my children and cousin's son at various times. That day last December, we also had another table, where we were frosting sugar cookies with my mother-in-law, which is a tradition in my husband's family. A serious undertaking all around.

My father's family is Norwegian and it was his mother and grandmother who made sure that these recipes were passed down. There is a hierarchy in working the lefse and you learn one job at a time. I'll be honest, I still haven't graduated to making the dough. LOL

I haven't figured out the grand plans for Christmas menus this year. There are some rumors and ideas flying about, but I want to make something fabulous, so stay-tuned.