‘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 — Here we go again, another crazy day to celebrate this April. April 20 is Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day. Why? We do not know. But let's enjoy a look back to this vintage cake invented in 1903 but popularized in 1925 when the Hawaiian Pineapple Company (now the Dole Company) held a baking contest seeking pineapple recipes. After seeing that so many people turned in recipes for pineapple upside down cake, company president Jim Dole decided to run with it and used the recipe to help sell his fruit. The cake peeked in popularity in the 1950s and '60s.
It's not often that the humble little saltine cracker would get invited to Easter dinner. After all that's where far more decadent foods like glazed ham, au gratin potatoes and buttery rolls hang out. But this year, the cracker normally reserved for chicken noodle soup and sick days has earned its place at the table.
Sometimes people ask me how I get my ideas for "The Great Indoors." Most of the time, it's pretty easy, especially as we approach notable foodie times times of the year like Thanksgiving, Christmas or Super Bowl party time. But what kind of recipe should I share on a random Thursday in early April? Bueller? Bueller? Anyone?
Many people have hundreds of pictures cluttering their cellphones. According to the photo website 1000memories, "Every two minutes today, we snap as many photos as the whole of humanity took in the 1800s." Even though many of these photos won't ever be printed, some will end up framed and displayed on our walls. So how do you use photos to decorate your home without making your walls look as cluttered as the camera roll on your iPhone? Designers say there are a few key things to think about. Height
FARGO — Let's be honest, April Fool's Day isn't much of a holiday. It's more of an annoyance, really. You go through the day questioning everything you see and hear from pranksters who revel in the day. Even news people get a little goofy this time of year. The most famous April Fools' Day prank in history happened in 1957 when the BBC ran a news report showing Swiss farmers picking cooked spaghetti off of trees. The "Swiss Spaghetti Harvest" segment caused phone lines to jam with people asking where they could buy a spaghetti plant.
Americans might be fiercely divided in many areas, but NCAA basketball doesn't appear to be one of them. We love our college basketball — an estimated 40 to 50 million people will fill out March Madness brackets this year. Some are seasoned professionals, while many more are just having a little fun in an office pool. Either way, the odds of walking away with a perfect bracket are astronomical — anywhere from one in 128 billion to 1 in 9.2 quintillion, according to Business Insider.
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?
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 — Every Christmas season as Andy Williams belts out "It's the most wonderful time of the year," he's clearly forgotten about what happens this time of year: it's Girl Scout cookie time. It's a glorious time of year when the future leaders, innovators and go-getters offer you the opportunity to enjoy some of the most popular cookies in America including Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Samoas and more.