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MOORHEAD — The supermarket: an everyday convenience that Americans sometimes take for granted. To us, the "super" in supermarket is often overlooked. We're accustomed to our fully-stocked produce sections, wide aisles and plethora of choices. But if you're not from here — if you're a new American or simply a tourist from another part of the world — then you might find American supermarkets a little out of the ordinary, overwhelming or just plain odd. What are the biggest surprises for international shoppers and what are the reasons behind these differences?
FARGO — First Lutheran Church, 619 Broadway N. in Fargo, is hosting a free screening of the local documentary film "The Mission of Herman Stern," at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17. The half-hour documentary tells the story of local businessman and civic leader Herman Stern who is credited with saving 125 Jews from persecution and possible death in Adolf Hitler's Germany. The screening will also feature a question-and-answer session with documentary producer/director Art Phillips of Video Arts Studio.
If you're like me on these days after Christmas, you're staring at mostly-empty Christmas cookie containers wondering how it got this far. Crumbs are the only evidence of the carnage that unfolded throughout the holiday season. Oh, the humanity! The holidays are a time of parties, home baking and well-meaning coworkers delivering treats to your desk (I'm talking to you, Helmut Schmidt). It's been a season of eating and the scale shows it. New Year's resolutions loom on the horizon: I'm going to eat less, get fit and lose weight. But how will I do it?
FARGO — Don't you love those desserts that taste like you toiled for hours over a hot stove but, in fact, aren't much more difficult than a microwave mug cake? Sticky Toffee Pudding fits the bill. I made the sweet, British dessert a couple of years ago at Christmas Eve and will probably do it again this year. I found it to be the perfect ending to our meal. With its flavors of caramel and date, its rich velvety texture satisfied in just a couple of bites (not that I stopped there, but I should have). I top it with whipped cream, but vanilla ice cream is an option as well.
In the 1996 film, “Jingle All the Way,” Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as high-powered businessman Howard Langston who goes to all lengths to get his son the hottest toy of the year, Turbo Man. Langston finds himself on Christmas Eve going from store to store, competing with hundreds of other frenzied shoppers to come home with the action figure. It sounds far-fetched, but every once in awhile a toy really does create near-hysteria–selling out at stores all over the country. Here are five of hottest selling Christmas toys in history.
FARGO - We all know those people. In fact, we might be those people. They treat their dog like their own child. They have pictures on their desks, bumper stickers on their car and dog presents under the Christmas tree. It’s easy enough to find gifts for your pet –most of the time, a sturdy chew toy will keep the dog happy. But what do you buy not for the dog, but the dog lover in your family? Here are 5 gifts that are sure to please.
FARGO — One thing I've learned from my years of holiday baking is to simplify when you can. For example, I found out the hard way that when you spend hours baking cookies, the last thing you're in the mood to do is spend hours decorating them. Some days I'm in the mood to bake elaborate recipes — other days I'm in the mood to decorate. But never both at the same time, or you'll get a tired, crabby me who might end up chucking the whole ordeal in favor of a cup of spiked eggnog and a rerun of "Chopped."
FARGO - If there were ever a perfect excuse to gather up the kids, put on your best clothes and slap on a smile it's the annual family Christmas card photo shoot. It's estimated approximately two billion Christmas cards will be sent by Americans this year alone—many of which feature families trying to look their best for loved ones on their list.
FARGO — Christmas is still a couple of weeks away but fear not, another very important holiday is knocking at your doorstep. Dec. 8 is "National Brownie Day." (Cue the trumpets heralding the arrival of chocolatey fudgy yumminess!) Like many of these weird holidays, we're not sure who started it, but aren't we so glad they did? It gives us an excuse to indulge and look back on how this glorious treat was created.
LOS ANGELES - A young Moorhead animator is one step closer to winning an Academy Award. According to The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Devon Manney's film "Cradle" has reached the top ten for Best Animated Short Film now up for consideration at the 90th Annual Academy Awards. "I'm incredibly surprised, incredibly thankful and above all, incredibly lucky," Manney says. "This has been a really exciting morning, and it's really touching to see 'Cradle' in such lovely company."