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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!
When Jill Miller graduated with a degree in teaching a few years ago, she might have envisioned helping children with their reading, writing and arithmetic, but little did she know eight years later she'd be helping grown-ups with their cutting, nailing and drilling. Miller owns and operates Projects in Person or PiP in downtown Hopkins, Minn. PiP provides the venue, materials and guided instruction for even beginners to create their own do-it-yourself projects. This summer she's bringing those workshops to both Fargo and Detroit Lakes.
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?
It's not a bad thing really. During the next few weeks many of us will spend meal times standing in someone else's garage eating dinner off a paper plate. It's graduation season in all it's scotcheroo-eating 7-up/sherbet punch-drinking glory. For graduates, it's their day to be king or queen, to pick their favorite foods, and watch as other people eat it (some of whom will even leave cash or a check before they go... score.)
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.