Employee Profiles
and Recipes

Judy Quistberg


“Over the past five years, I’ve seen this team grow into a cohesive problem-solving machine.” 

Judy Quistberg

Working at Prairie Research Kitchen has been a learning experience for Judy, who joined our team after 30 years working in health care and corrections administration. 

She enjoys the diversity of the projects she’s been involved in, and loves watching the PRK team come up with innovative and tasty solutions to each new challenge. Judy is a master at keeping projects moving through their various stages, which is no small task at such a large post-secondary institution.

Judy’s recipe is a family favourite her grandmother used to make over a woodstove. She would top it with her homemade blueberry or crabapple jelly, and lots of butter. “Just the smell brings me back to her kitchen,” she says.

FUN FACT: When Judy isn’t at work, she can be found training or competing in triathlons and marathons.

Norwegian Lefse

2 1/2 lbsrusset potatoes, peeled
1 stick butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tspsalt
1 cupall-purpose flour
  1. Simmer the potatoes for 45 minutes or until tender all the way through. Strain and put them through a ricer.
  2. Combine the butter and potatoes well, keeping the mixture light and fluffy. Let the mixture sit on the counter for 1 hour and then refrigerate overnight. Mix the potatoes with cream, flour, and salt, and form the mixture into a ball.
  3. Divide the mixture into 8 sections, form into balls, and refrigerate again. Preheat a grill/griddle to 500°C.
  4. Form each of the 8 balls into a disk by hand.
  5. Roll out each ball on a floured cloth mat using enough flour to ensure that it doesn’t stick. Traditionally, a long stick would be used to lift and fold the dough before cooking.
  6. Cook on each side for approximately 1 1/2 minutes.

Did You Know? Lefse is a traditional soft Norwegian flatbread made from potatoes. It’s especially popular around holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas. Fargo, North Dakota hosts a popular Lutefisk and Lefse Festival each year in August.