One of the strongest links to Norwegian culture that Norwegian-Americans and Norwegians in America maintain revolves around food. The dishes and desserts of an immigrant's childhood continue to hold a place at the table for years or generations following migration.
Growing up in Poulsbo, Washington with a Norwegian mother and Norwegian-American father, most of our meals were very American. But there were many Norwegian main dishes and desserts that we enjoyed throughout the year. Many of the recipes came from my mother's school cookbook and my mormor's kitchen in Sauda, Norway. A couple of recipes, however, were taught to my mother by my father's mother, whose grandmother emigrated from Norway in the late 1800s.