‘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 — Few people would rank the noise of someone crunching potato chips among their favorite sounds in the world, alongside cooing babies and babbling brooks. On the contrary, it's pretty annoying. For people diagnosed with misophonia, annoying sounds can be much more troubling — creating intense rage, anger and even an urge to flee. Misophonia is literally defined as "hatred of sound" and was recognized as a psychological condition in 2001.
FARGO — Many Americans will spend part of March 17 indulging in green beer, corned beef and cabbage. That's okay, I guess. But wouldn't it be better to spend St. Patrick's Day enjoying a better trio of items from the Emerald Isle? To borrow from the Lucky Charms leprechaun (which would probably drive a real Irish person crazy), this trio combined is "magically delicious." Dark Chocolate Irish Cream Guinness Bread is rich, delicious and just a little indulgent. You only celebrate the Irish in you once a year, right? So why not give it a shot?
MOORHEAD — If there's ever a kitchen in town where a dish is never allowed to air dry, it just might be at the north Moorhead home of Harold and Sally Horpedahl. In their home, the couple has worked together to produce more than 2,000 hand-painted flour sack dish towels that are now being sold to benefit the WDAY Honor Flight project.
Do you ever have those times in life when something just sticks in your craw? For me, it's that overwhelming sense of failure with macaron baking. I consider myself a pretty good baker (a pretty good eater of baked goods anyway). But I have twice attempted to make macarons and both times I failed miserably. Macarons are supposed to be pretty little puffed up meringue cookies surrounding a delicate buttercream filling. My macarons looked more like something the car ran over — flat and a little lumpy at the same time.
FARGO — I guess with every plan you need to plan for the unexpected. That's what I've learned during month No. 2 of "The Great Indoors: Trek to Times Square." To refresh your memory, in the beginning of January, I invited readers to join me as I virtually walked from my home in Fargo-Moorhead to Times Square by New Year's Eve. To achieve this, I needed to log about 28 miles a week on my FitBit. I started off strong and made the first month's milestone by reaching the Osakis/Alexandria area by the end of January.
FARGO — No matter who wins the Super Bowl on Sunday, one thing is certain: many Americans will go back to work on Monday with a post-game food hangover. According to the National Retail Federation, last year Americans spent roughly $15 billion on Super Bowl celebrating. That's a lot of chicken wings, guacamole, pizza and beer. If you've been on Pinterest lately, you'll see that football fans are starting to find new ways to display the obnoxious amounts of food they'll serve at this year's party.
FARGO — Mary Murchie says shortly after she remodeled the master bathroom in her north Fargo home, her husband came to her with a concern. "I'm worried about the flooring by the wall. It's rotting," he told her. "I think it needs to be replaced." Murchie laughs. "I told him it's supposed to look like that," she says.
FARGO — When I started researching food to make for a Rio-themed Olympics party, I admit I was flabbergasted at my lack of knowledge surrounding Brazilian food. I know I'm not the most cosmopolitan of people, but I'm no Elly May Clampett either. I've traveled and eaten my way through many ethnic cuisines. But the closest I came to Brazilian food was an invitation from my vivacious Brazilian friend Cris Linnares, who agreed to share her favorites foods with me prior to the Olympic kickoff on Friday, Aug. 5.
FARGO—Jim Exner of Jamestown is a man who knows how to make an entrance. The other day Exner and his wife Carolyn stopped into Sammy's Pizza in downtown Fargo to watch the pizza man throwing dough up in the air. Upon walking through the door he exclaimed, "I'M BAAACK!" "There were only a couple of people in a booth in the back, but they looked at me kind of funny," he said. Exner explained to anyone who would listen that he and Carolyn used to come to Sammy's back in the late 1950s and early 1960s while they were dating.
FARGO—Between 2007 and 2008, I had the opportunity take part in the WDAY Honor Flight trips, a communitywide effort to send World War II veterans, free of charge to Washington, D.C., to see the World War II Memorial. On all four of the trips, I would witness the same thing: Not only did the veterans getting the opportunity to see their memorial for the first time have an experience of a lifetime, but I also saw how the trip affected their entire family. It was fairly common for Vietnam veteran sons to accompany their World War II fathers on the trip.