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FARGO — Here we are in the dog days of winter — dark, cold and sometimes dreary. Christmas is long past and spring is still weeks away. Even the next official holiday, Valentine's Day, is completely overrated. That's why it's so spectacular that we actually have something to celebrate in late January.
FARGO — Sam Skaff has vivid memories of the day in 1994 when he and his father, Sam F. Skaff, came to look at land near 17th Avenue and 50th Street in Fargo near where Home Depot is now located. "There was nothing out here. No roads. Just a farmer on his tractor," he says. He had another thought when faced with the option to buy the land. "I thought, 'Who would be stupid enough to buy land way out here?'" Skaff says with a laugh.
FARGO — The Fargo woman who currently holds the title Miss World America is switching coasts and looking for new challenges. Audra Mari, a 2012 graduate of Davies High School, won the title of Miss World America in July. The 23-year-old recently competed at the Miss World pageant where she earned a sixth-place finish. Because she finished higher than other representatives from this part of the world, she was awarded the title "Miss World Americas."
FARGO — As every new year starts, many of us tell ourselves we're going to eat healthier — we'll make homemade meals and stop hitting the drive-thru to shove french fries down our chubby throats. But then reality sets in, work gets busy, the kids need rides all over town and you just don't have it in you to plan and make another meal. You stand in line at the fast-food restaurant feeling like a failure. You look at the healthy options and you know you should choose one of them, but they just make you sad.
FARGO — With the average American watching approximately 33 hours of television a week and Americans spending a total of 38 billion dollars on movie-going this year, it's no surprise that entertainment would have a huge influence on how we dress, how we speak and even what we name our babies. Sometimes, it's the actors' names that strike a chord. For example, according to Babynameshub.com, 1957 saw the names "Rock," "Elvis" and "Cary" peak, undoubtedly from popular stars of the time.
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 — How can ABC do this to us? The holidays are over. We're back to work and probably 10 pounds heavier from snarfing down dozens of Christmas cookies, liters of gravy and — in my case — sticky toffee pudding that is now stuck to my thighs. The days are short, the nights are long. All in all, not my favorite time of year. Then ABC starts piling it on: "The Bachelor" is back, debuting on Jan. 2.
FARGO — It's a mighty moniker for a simple bowl of soup. Pepper Pot Soup has been called "the soup that won the war" for its role in helping the struggling patriots defeat the mighty British in the Revolutionary War. And, it all started 239 years ago today. In December 1777, the Continental army camped out at Valley Forge during an unusually cold and harsh winter. Food was scarce. Legend has it, Gen. George Washington asked Army baker general Christopher Ludwick to prepare a meal that would warm the soldiers and boost their moral.
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.