Holiday Food Traditions

The first time I tried lefse I thought it was one of the most wonderful things. Warm and rolled up with butter and sugar, it melted in my mouth. A traditional soft Norwegian potato flatbread, lefse is popular in Minnesota and North Dakota. 

In this episode I talk with two foodies who share their stories with eating during the holidays, sharing family traditions, and more. Enjoy cooking tips for Buche de Noel and lefse.

As one of five siblings from a foodie family, Kiki shares stories of holiday traditions, the recipes she has learned from her mom, and the joy food brings in sharing it with her family and others. Professionally, Kiki is researcher, writer, strategist and partner at Avenir Bold, http://www.avenirbold.com/index.html. Most recently, she was on the mergers and acquisitions team at a financial services firm. Previously, she worked at Alliance Technology Partners, specializing in media and telecommunications, and at UPS's Strategic Enterprise Fund, where she focused on logistics and wireless infrastructure firms. She has been a venture consultant to Turner Broadcasting, First Sports International, and others. She received her M.B.A. from the Emory University and B.S. from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona.

Amy Marquard is all about precision, in life and in the kitchen.

"I probably should have been a food scientist, because I love technique and process," said Marquard, who does accounts receivable work for area businesses from her home.

Amy is the inventor of several devices intended to cut time and stress out of lefse-making. She also shares her lefse recipe (available at http://www.lefseland.com/) that takes only a little more than an hour to prep and cook (cooling time not included).

Why do it? "I don't think that you should have to wait until Christmastime to have something that tastes so good," Amy says.

Marquard has made The Original Lefse Cuddler and The Incredible Lefse Cloth, which she sells on her website, LefseLand. She's adding a caddy, too (a cloth tote bag in which bakers can store and carry the Cuddler, cloth and the rest of his or her lefse-making tools).

She loves making lefse because of her family history (she's Swedish and Norwegian).