‘The Great Indoors’ with Tracy Briggs appears every Thursday in The Forum. For more information go to her blog at thegreatindoors.areavoices.com.
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FARGO — This is the week fair foodies in Fargo-Moorhead look forward to each year. The Red River Valley Fair and the Downtown Street Fair are both in full gear serving us decadent, fried, sweet and sugary, put-it-on-a-stick kind of food we know we probably shouldn't eat but simply can't resist. Something about walking between the booths at the street fair or down the midway at the fairgrounds makes us crave outrageous food. We've heard of deep-fried Oreos, deep-fried Twinkies or even deep-fried butter.
FARGO — It's probably kind of a hassle to be a vegetarian at a barbecue. While there are lots of great recipes out there for those who choose to go meatless, how many revolve around the trusty backyard grill? I know when we've had vegetarian guests over for a night of grilling, we'll buy a pack of veggie burgers because we're not sure what else to do. While I'm not vegan, I like the nutty flavor of a veggie burger and sometimes even prefer it to a regular one. But having veggie burgers every time you grill can get a little dull.
In the first few minutes talking to Inez Holman, two things become pretty clear: She has a great sense of humor and an incredible love of family. Her apartment in south Fargo is full of artwork created by family members. "I just love the colors in this one," she says of a painting her grandson made in preschool that is now framed and hanging on her bedroom wall.
FARGO — Over the past 10 years, I've been asked a lot of questions about the WDAY Honor Flight — the project that sends World War II and Korean War veterans to Washington, D.C., free of charge to see their war memorials. I love talking about it, so I have no problem waxing eloquent. But one question always trips me up a little bit. "What is your favorite memory from the flights?" I usually reply with something like, "Ah, well, ah, hmmm, there were so many ..."
FARGO — On this beautiful summer afternoon as the scent of a Japanese lilac tree wafts through the air, thoughts about her backyard are ever present for Pauline Economon — even as her photo is taken for this story. "Do the plants look good?" she asks of the flowers behind her and husband George as they sit at the patio table. When she sees the reflection in the camera lens she answers her own question. "Oh, the petunias are looking sharp," she says.
Don't you hate it when you spend hours in the kitchen making a super time-intensive dessert only to say to yourself, "Meh ... that was just OK, and I just consumed a ton of calories. So not worth it"? This Patriotic Rollup cake does not fall into that category. A Facebook friend of mine shared it a while back, and I chose to make it for a Memorial Day gathering at the lake. I didn't have a ton of time to fuss with a complicated recipe, so I just threw this together. It was a huge hit!
FARGO — I've spoken before about the ginormous rhubarb plant in my backyard. Suffice it to say it has not shrunk in the past year or two — in fact, I'm thinking we might see if it's eligible for it's own zip code.
FARGO — It's not surprising that "National Iced Tea Day" would fall on a Saturday in June (the 10th to be exact). No drink is more associated with hot summer days than iced tea — particularly in the southern part of the United States where sweet tea is nearly a religion.
FARGO — How fabulous is early June? Summer is here, but it's not yet too hot and humid (plus, the mosquitoes haven't yet arrived to the party). It's the perfect time of year to get outside and get those steps in. We're about halfway through the Trek to Times Square —The Great Indoors effort to virtually walk from Fargo-Moorhead to Times Square by New Year's Eve.
FARGO — That sound you're hearing today is the sound of wine lovers everywhere celebrating the glory of their favorite beverage. Maybe they're toasting one another or maybe just saying "ahhhh" as they sip their favorite Pinot Grigio or Merlot. May 25 is National Wine Day. What a glorious time to be alive. This, of course, is not to be confused with its sister holiday, "National Drink Wine Day" on Feb. 18. Are people just making up these holidays as an excuse to have a glass of wine with lunch?