Food for Thought: Lutefisk dinner planned Saturday in Kennewick

Loretto Hulse, Herald staffJanuary 29, 2014 

Embrace your inner Norwegian this weekend.

Members of the Sons of Norway Sol Land Lodge will hold their annual lutefisk dinner from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Kennewick First Lutheran Church, Highway 395 and Yelm Street.

The menu includes lutefisk and sauce, meatballs and gravy, potatoes, vegetables, lefse and a variety of Scandinavian goodies.

A bake sale also will be held during the dinner, with lefse and other Scandinavian breads and desserts for sale.

Cost is $20 for those 13 years of age and older, $10 for youths six to 12 years and children five and under are free.

Tickets will be sold at the door.

For more information, call 619-1510 or email norskkona@yahoo.com.

Jambalaya Cook-off

If you're heading for the coast, drop in on the sixth annual Jambalaya Cook-off in Lincoln City.

It will be held with Mardi Gras flair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Culinary Center, 801 S.W. Highway 101.

Jambalaya varies widely from cook to cook. It always contains rice, but a variety of other ingredients can be used, including tomatoes, onions, green peppers and almost any kind of meat or seafood.

Seven Northwest chefs will compete for Best Jambalaya, which will be judged by a panel of professional judges, and People's Choice, judged by the public.

Admission to the cook-off is free, with samples of the jambalaya available for 50 cents or serving size portions for $3 to $5. There also will be King Cake to sample, a Mardi Gras tradition.

There will be beer and wine for purchase along with soft drinks, a bakery will sell cupcakes and a trio will play live Zydeco-style music.

For more information, call 800-452-2151, or go to www.oregoncoast.org/jambalaya-cook-off.

Good read

The book: Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-free Desserts by Fran Costigan.

Cost: $30

Best for: The author, herself a chocolate lover, has dedicated years to creating rich, delicious desserts and shares them in this cookbook. Even non-vegans will enjoy her recipes, which are sure to satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth.

-- Loretto J. Hulse: 582-1513; lhulse@tricityherald.com. To receive a recipe via email each Tuesday, register at tricityherald.com and click on newsletters. If you already are registered, click on edit account and newsletters to select Recipe of the Week. This exclusive recipe does not appear in the newspaper.

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