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post #1 of 19
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My mom just went to Wisconsin with most of her side of the family (I didn't go due to work) for Syttende Mai. That's like the Norwegian 4th of July; it's their Constitution Day. (I'm half Norwegian, if you haven't guessed.) My grandparents are Norwegian but were raised in Wisconsin.

Anyway, two delicacies in my family are lefse and cheese curds. As far as I know, the only place you can buy them in large quantites in the States is Wisconsin, which has a large Norwegian population. So, my mom brought me back a ton of both when she came back! Yum!!! (Just thought I'd share this wonderful news, LOL.) Hey, I'm excited, I only get them once every few years.
post #2 of 19
Ooo...Cheese curds are so yummy! But just the word "Curds" sounds awful...maybe cuz it rhymes with "Turds"?

Sorry...never mind me!

Enjoy!
post #3 of 19
Yummy! It´s so great to be brought some favorites you cant get where you are!
We also use "lefsa" in Iceland quite a lot, with all kinds of things inside. What is the word for the cheese curd in Norwegian? I´m just asking since I´m not sure what you are talking about, but would maby realize it by the Norwegian word.
post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 
Hmm . . . you know I think the cheese curds may actually be a Wisconsin thing . . . I just know my family loves them! They are cheese, but the pure form of it, with no preservatives, etc. added. When they make cheese in the big tub or whatever, the little pieces that form are the cheese curds. Those can then be pressed into bigger blocks of cheese that you buy at most grocery stores. But you can buy just the little pieces, unaltered, in bags.
post #5 of 19
are they richer than regular cheese? They sound good- kinda like donut holes.
post #6 of 19
I have never had them!
post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 
They aren't necessarily richer, as in stronger, MA. They're . . . just kinda different. It's hard to describe. It's like the difference between canned fruit and fresh fruit. It just tastes fresher and better, LOL, if that makes any sense. On the down side, they only keep a week or two since they have nothing added to them to make them keep.
post #8 of 19
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We eat them out of the bag the way one would eat chips or something . . .
post #9 of 19
MMmmmm, I love any kind of cheese, I´m sure this one is delicious!
Please send your mom to Iceland. Oh, and by the way, ask her to bring some cheese curd!
post #10 of 19
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LOL! Only if I get to come, too! I've always wanted to see Iceland, I've heard it's very pretty there.
post #11 of 19
Quote:
Originally posted by AuroraViva
My mom just went to Wisconsin with most of her side of the family (I didn't go due to work) for Syttende Mai. That's like the Norwegian 4th of July; it's their Constitution Day. (I'm half Norwegian, if you haven't guessed.) My grandparents are Norwegian but were raised in Wisconsin.

That sounds like me when I finally get some pulla (Finnish coffee bread) when I visit my mother. No one makes pulla like my mother!

I think there is also a big Finnish population in Wisconsin. I think they even have a Finnish festival there, if I'm not mistaken!

post #12 of 19
AuroraViva, This is a little O.T., but I was wondering, does your family also like Ludafisk(sp?)???? I always hear the Norwegians here in MN talking about eating either ludafisk or lefsa.
post #13 of 19
Viva, I would be so happy if you came along!
You heard right, it´s very pretty here
post #14 of 19
I am half Norwegian too! My Grandma and Grandpa make ALOT of Lefse! In all the fast food resteraunts here in Canada make a food called Poutine. It is fries topped with gravy and cheese curds! I cheese curds. I can't find them in any store though!
post #15 of 19
Mmmmmm Sounds Yummy!
post #16 of 19
Hmmm, I can walk across the street and get cheese curds in the WinCo... and out in Tillamook (about 2 1/2 hrs away) is a cheese factory where you can get fresh curds made that day. The ones from Winco are a bit older, but still fresh and good. Growing up, I used to call curds "squeaky cheese" It is funny how things are readily available in one region and not in any of the others. I'd try checking like Trader Joe's (not sure if that's a regional thing or not)
post #17 of 19
Sometimes you can get cheese curds outside of WI, but they're never fresh enough to "squeak". My family loves cheese curds too. The cheese has a cleaner taste to it, more clear. I don't know if that gets across the flavor accurately or not. The best part is the squeaking!

post #18 of 19
Now I'm getting hungry for cheese curds... We were just in tillamook yesterday, drat it! Ah well, the ones at Winco will have to do but I can't get there until tomorrow!
post #19 of 19
I think your poutine is usually made with just grated mozzarella, not actual cheese curds. I think it is cheaper than the cheese curds, and more readily available to the restaurant. Sorry if I'm wrong.....
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