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Lisa's Lefse getting up and running

Lisa Sveen Henry and her husband, Curtis, hope to eventually turn Lisa's Lefse into a full-fledged bakery

Lisa Sveen Henry loves Lefse. She learned to make the Norwegian treat from her grandmother in North Dakota. And Lisa says it's a lot more versatile than people give it credit for.

For a long time the Rosemount woman would make it as a holiday treat for friends and family. But in recent years its popularity has spread.

"I started sending it out to family and friends. Then I got requests from other people," said Lisa.

Those requests got Lisa and her husband, Curtis, thinking there might be a business idea there. And thus, Lisa's Lefse was created.

For lack of better definition Lefse is like a tortilla but instead of corn it's made out of riced potatoes and flour. While many think of it as a Christmas treat eaten with butter and sugar, Lisa said it can be used for so much more. She uses Lefse as a wrap and puts anything you might put into a tortilla, such as sandwich meats, eggs and veggies.

"It's got a lot of potential," said Lisa. "You can put a ton of stuff in there."

Lisa uses the same time honored recipe her Norwegian grandmother taught her years ago. It took some time to perfect the technique but Lisa said she has finally got it right.

She started taking orders this past fall and Curtis said they have gotten more than a dozen requests, including one from a person in Massachusetts.

"It's gone better than expected," said Curtis

Curtis admits before his wife started making Lefse, he wasn't a big fan. He had eaten the store-bought stuff and didn't think much of it. However, now he's a believer and acts as quality control.

This year the couple doesn't expect to do more than break even. They're just trying to get their name out there. As the business grows, they hope Lisa's Lefse will lead to their long term dream of a pie shop or bakery, which will of course feature Lefse.

For now, though, the couple is busy singing the praises of Lefse.

"Try it, you'll like it," said Lisa. "If you don't, tell us. If you do, tell others."

Curtis and Lisa have lived in Rosemount for more than six years. The couple has two children who attend Shannon Park Elementary School.

Check out Lisa's Lefse at or call 612-702-9973.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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