BADGER - Traffic has been especially heavy the past weeks at Badger Lutheran Church, with lots of folks working together in the church kitchen.
This signals the beginning preparations of the annual Norwegian Supper which will be Thursday.
Committees were formed and shopping lists made with the basic ingredients of butter, eggs, flour, cream, russet potatoes, selected cuts of beef and pork ground well.
These ingredients are all included in inherited recipes passed down from previous generations on both sides of the family.
This sharing of cherished family recipes with the secrets of great cooking creates fragrant aromas of heart-warming foods to be served at the supper.
Each year people in the surrounding communities come to Badger for a glimpse back in time and a taste of Norway. The church, at the intersection of Second Avenue Southeast and Second Street Southeast, is decorated with authentic Norwegian items in the traditional colors of red, white and blue, and the atmosphere continues with servers wearing red vests trimmed with material of a Norwegian-inspired pattern.
There will be plenty of the favorite Norwegian lefse - the thin flat potato-flavored delicacy - for guests to enjoy and even take home. This year's menu also includes lutefisk, boiled potatoes and melted butter, meatballs with gravy, green beans, cranberries, flotbrod, brown bread, gumme, fruit soup, spritz, rosettes, kringla, krumkake and coffee.
This year's 103rd Norwegian supper will be served family-style, all you can eat. Serving starts at 4:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Badger Lutheran Church. Adult tickets are $18; children 6 to 12 are $10; and children 5 and younger eat for free.
Tickets are for sale in Badger at the Badger Lutheran Church from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or by calling 545-3350; in Eagle Grove at Knutzon's Gifts; in Fort Dodge at Wicker Jewelry and the First State Bank; and in Humboldt at K.C. Nielsen John Deere and Sheree's Hallmark. A take-out and delivery service is available in the community.
There will also be commemorative cookbooks, coffee mugs and lefse for sale by the dozen at the supper.
The Norwegian Supper has long been a tradition of second-generation Norwegians celebrating the heritage and traditions of the Badger Lutheran Church.
The first supper was served by the Ladies Aid in the fall of 1906.