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Halgrimson: Book explores food, lifestyle of migrants

January 25, 2011 in INFORUM

In her book, “97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement,” author Jane Ziegelman tells the story of families in a single apartment building in New York between 1863 and 1935. Continue Reading

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Halgrimson: Artichokes at heart of entrees

January 11, 2011 in INFORUM

Artichoke is the name for three unrelated plants.
But much of the food we enjoy that involves artichokes uses the heart, a meaty part of the Globe Artichoke plant, which is a member of the thistle family and is grown in various places, including California. Continue Reading

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As I Recall: Victim of last lynching in North Dakota accused in murders

January 8, 2011 in INFORUM

On a cold night on Jan. 29, 1931, a masked mob broke into the Schafer, N.D., jail in McKenzie County and took the sheriff and his deputy captive. Continue Reading

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Halgrimson: For the love of lamb shanks

December 28, 2010 in INFORUM

Long, slow cooking the key to preparing dish
Years ago, when I was learning to cook, I read about lamb shanks in a magazine and the recipe took my fancy. Continue Reading

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Halgrimson: Francophiles gather for some Francofun

December 7, 2010 in INFORUM

The invitation arrived by both snail mail from David Gilchrist and by e-mail from Gary Gilder.
The e-mail read, in French: “Le dîner de Noël aura lieu 6pm, Mardi, 14 Décembre au VIP.” Continue Reading

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Halgrimson: Gram fondly remembered for kindness

October 9, 2010 in INFORUM

Today is my 70th birthday, and as I always do at that time of year, I’m looking back. Continue Reading

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Halgrimson: Sauces a ‘sign of civilization’

October 5, 2010 in INFORUM

“SAUCE, n. The one infallible sign of civilization and enlightenment. A people with no sauces has one thousand vices; a people with one sauce has only nine hundred and ninety-nine. For every sauce invented and accepted a vice is renounced and forgiven.” Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) “The Devil’s Dictionary” Continue Reading

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Halgrimson: Fresh herbs give cookies unique flavors

September 21, 2010 in INFORUM

About the only time of year I bake cookies is in December. So it’s no wonder that other than lavender cookies, I had never thought of using the bounty of fresh herbs in our garden for sweets. Continue Reading

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Halgrimson: Pence building in Fargo has had many tenants

September 11, 2010 in INFORUM

In 1994, after many paperwork aggravations, the Pence Automobile warehouse at 301 NP Ave. in Fargo was put on the National Register of Historic Places. Continue Reading

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Halgrimson: Eggplant dish a favorite

September 7, 2010 in INFORUM

I always welcome a free eggplant. And in spite of what Sue Doeden says about zucchini in her Forum column, I do not greet free zucchini with the same fervor. Continue Reading