Lefse Masters kicking off Norsk Hostfest traditions

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MINOT, N.D.- Norsk Hostfest is closing in on being just one month away.

The annual Scandinavian heritage festival is a tradition in the Magic City, as well as in the homes of many families in the area.

Like most, Gayle Baxter's recipe for Lefse is simple--potatos, flour, milk, sugar, and oil.

It's how this recipe has traveled through her family tree that is truly amazing.

“Grandma Sella, and then my mother Grammy, and then myself. Then Sarah, Emma, and Brody,” said Lefse Master competitor Gayle Baxter.

Making lefse is a tradition that has lasted at least five generations in her family.

When Baxter's father passed away just two years ago, their family found a way to keep his spirit in the kitchen while making lefse.

“It was a shirt worn by her father and it was one of his favorite shirts so I had it made into an apron for her,” said Baxter’s mother.

“So he wraps me with love when I'm making and baking lefse,” Baxter said.

The judges will decide which two lefse chefs are worthy of making the semi-finals happening at Norsk Hostfest, but for Baxter and her family, spending time together is a prize in itself.

The second Lefse Masters preliminary round will take place on Sept. 23rd at Marketplace Foods. Two top chefs from that competition will join the winners from today's round in the semi-finals.