The season of lutefisk

At this time of the year, we pause for an annual tradition to bow our heads and consider what on earth is wrong with people who eat lutefisk?

Last year, you may recall, regional media challenged each other to try the stuff.

This video, like lutefisk, never gets old. Remember: These are people who are required by their profession not to reveal what they really think.

If memory serves, the challenge died when MPR people, among others, ignored it. Some people are leaders; others are followers, you know.

In Kasson last week, the Prairie Meadows Senior Living facility held its 10th Annual Holiday Lutefisk Dinner for residents, the Rochester Post Bulletin reports today, a chance for the old-timers to foist lutefisk on a younger generation in the name of being “a good Norwegian,” completely oblivious to the fact that the world could use more bad Norwegians.

“It’s a poor man’s lobster,” Pat Blum, who owns the place, told a 16-year-old girl.

Blum suggested if you want to choke it down, a lutefisk burrito is the way to go.

Make sure the fish is not overcooked, roll it in lefse (another famous Norwegian dish, but made from potatoes), dip it in butter, lean over the plate or bowl so you won’t get butter on you and try it. “You’ll like it,” he said.

There’s good news here. The Post Bulletin reports it’s getting harder to buy lutefisk. A store in Oslo, Minn., quit selling it. Lutefisk has lost Oslo.

It is the season of hope.