Lye Down in Hunger

Smithsonian magazine recently ran an article about the enduring popularity of lutefisk, a traditional Scandinavian fish dish that consists of dried cod that's been soaked in lye (yes, the stuff that's the active ingredient in Drano…) and then boiled and served drenched with melted butter. Apparently, lutefisk dinners are quite the rage during the holiday season in the upper Midwest, especially in states like Minnesota where Scandinavian immigrants tended to settle a century

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