Tracy Briggs is a former TV anchor/radio host currently working as a features writer and video host for Forum Communications.
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FARGO — They say nothing good can come from being a couch potato. But I beg to differ. The hours I spent over Christmas break planting myself on my couch are partially responsible for the creation of my latest (and I hope greatest) workout plan for the new year.
MOORHEAD — When Abby Gold talks about the potato latkes she makes every Hanukkah, she sounds a little bit like a "nobody doesn't like Sara Lee" commercial. "There isn't anybody who doesn't like a latke. It's not like gefilte fish. It's kind of like the Jewish version of lefse versus lutefisk," she says, laughing.
FARGO — Every holiday season, I Google like crazy to get ideas for new dishes to make for Christmas breakfast. I'm not crazy about egg bakes or quiche and making mounds of pancakes and waffles for a crowd can be bah-humbug inducing. That's why breakfast breads are a nice option, and it's especially fabulous when the bread itself looks festive.
FARGO — Christmas in America just might not be Christmas in America if we didn't hear Nat King Cole crooning "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire..." from our radio speakers nearly every day. According to Digital Music News, "The Christmas Song" is the fifth most played Christmas song every year. (Fun fact: the top four are "Sleigh Ride," "Winter Wonderland," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and "Let it Snow.")
Every year, as we go about our Christmas shopping, card writing and cookie baking, we know it's supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. But stress and holiday crabbiness creep in more often than schoolyard reindeer picking on Rudolph. Sometimes uplifting music will help. So here are 10 mood-lifting Christmas hits that just might tame your inner Scrooge. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Andy Williams
FARGO — Bethany Gartin says her dreams have always been really big. Maybe it's because she's from Texas (where everything is a little bit bigger) or maybe it's just because she possesses more tenacity than the average person. Either way she's using those qualities to help others succeed in ways they never imagined.
FARGO — It's probably not a stretch to say this presidential election has left many Americans with a bad taste in their mouth. But some bakers across the country are trying to make it all better by resurrecting an old American Election Day tradition: Election Day cake. Susannah Gebhart and Maia Surdam of OWL Bakery in Asheville, N.C., are using the slogan "Make America Cake Again" to promote their bakery's Election Day cake and encourage others on social media to pick up the tradition.
FARGO — Every October, Pinterest comes alive with ghoulish new ways to make your Halloween party extra creepy. Some ideas are more cute than creepy, like Halloween spider cookies made from Reese's Peanut Butter cups or eyeballs made of mushed up Oreos. But one hot trend on Pinterest is definitely not cute mostly because it involves putting a faux decapitated head in your fridge like a carton of milk.
FARGO — There are a lot of things to like about fall — the colorful leaves, the crisp air and pumpkin spice lattes. This year, I'm adding this appetizer to my list of favorite fall finds. Pretzel bites with beer cheese dip feels like Oktoberfest in Germany (or maybe just a sweatpants-wearing Sunday afternoon watching the Vikings). We're talking serious yum here.
FARGO — In her 2006 book, "I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman," director and screenwriter Nora Ephron wrote, "When your children are teenagers, it's important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you." I didn't get that back in 2006 when my kids were little. I do now. Most days, when I get home from work, the dog rushes to the door, shoe in mouth, with a Christmas-morning look in her eyes, practically barking, "Mom, I never thought I'd see you again!"