I have a cookbook called "FARM RECIPES AND FOOD SECRETS FROM THE NORSKE NOOK" The author has a "roadside cafe" in Osseo Wisconsin. I love cookbooks with stories in them and this book is one of those. It is a variable delight of mid-west dinners and treats with a scandinavian flair. It is one of my favorites. It helps me to understand the mid-west way of life a little better. I am learning all about hot-dish (casserole) and bars( cookies in a 13x9 inch baking pan) . Well..now that I think.. there are alot of bars also ..a lot of activities are at the bars, even the church bazaar has a beer garden. It may be the German influence. When my son was stationed in Germany he called home to tell us you could buy beer at McDonalds if you were 16 or over. Coming from a strictly scandinavian background this was foreign to me. Coffee and sweets I understand. At our family functions ther was always a big line-up at the dessert table not the beer garden.
The book comes from a farms point of view so there are things I won't be making but it is an interesting read. The author( Helen Myhre) was on NBC news and David Letterman back in the early 90's. The cafe is about 4 hours from where we live. It was a fun day.