Dear Dave McFarlane, Here in Grand Forks, as you may remember, we need to keep our sidewalks free of ice and snow. I was reading about that in the fine print of the Herald from a couple days ago. The notice says if snow or ice isn't removed within 24 hours, it can be cleared at the expense of the owner. I was thinking about icy walks as I read your recent letter about life in Florida in December. Good Lord, you say your golf group wore windbreakers, stocking caps and long slacks during a cold snap in Fort Myers.
Rosettes, krumkake, spritz, sandbakkelse, fattigmand... The list of traditional Christmas baking goes on and on. Much of it in this area was inspired by Norwegian settlers. They brought their love of favorite foods and left their recipes for generations of children and grandchildren. Nancy Borgeson Hvinden has created her own version of the plain old, precious recipes that have flourished through the decades. They make up a small book, "Traditional Scandinavian Holiday Recipes." It includes everything from potato dumplings known as "klub" to venison stew.
There are some days you always remember. And those of us who have been around the block a few times today think back to Dec. 7, 1941. That's when the Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor. President Franklin Roosevelt went on the radio declaring a state of war existed between the United States and Japan. He called it "a date that will live in infamy." The years go by. The joy of the Christmas season goes on.
The music of Christmas surrounds us now ... it rises above the commercialism and adds a reason to the season. The annual Concordia Christmas concert in Moorhead drew hundreds of area listeners on Sunday. Lorie Line is scheduled to bring her meaning of Christmas to the Chester Fritz here on Dec. 15. And the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra is featuring "Young Stars of the International Arena'' at the Empire Arts Center downtown on Sunday.
One thing leads to another. And a longtime tradition of Monday morning coffee led to dinner at the Olive Garden on Thursday evening. The dinner was hosted by a coffee klatch member, Karen Livingood, who has moved out of state. Though she no longer can join her coffee drinking friends in the north end neighborhood of Grand Forks, she chose to treat them with dinner out.
December slides in Saturday on the icy streets and walks that are being left by November — as a not so fond farewell. Once again, drivers are reminded to slow down. Never utilize cruise control on slippery roads. Stay back and well behind snow plows. You need to take short or medium steps or shuffle your feet over icy areas. Don't carry heavy loads that can cause you to lose balance. Remember to curl your toes under and walk as flat footed as possible.
Dear Dave McFarlane, You and Kathy probably are still eating leftovers from Thanksgiving. I know you have a massive turkey dinner at your house down there in Ft. Myers, Fla. I think you invite dozens of Florida neighbors and other friends for a jolly turkey day dinner. And now we move on. Around Grand Forks, there is the sound of music. This Sunday, Thursday Music Club will be presenting its 95th annual Christmas Musicale in Grand Forks. To me, it is the beginning of the season. It will be held again this year at 4 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Lutheran Church.
He got involved in student politics when he was a freshman. And now as a senior, Erik Hanson is rounding out a year as student president at UND. This week has been steeped in suspense as students voted on whether to build a new student union. And when the votes were counted late Tuesday, the answer was "go ahead." Whatever the students decided, Hanson was ready to deal with it when I visited him beforehand. We met near a fireplace in the pleasant lounge area of the Memorial Union.
Those old-fashioned things called table manners show up every year in time for Thanksgiving. You know. Keep your elbows off the table. Don't pick your teeth in public. Watch your language. Don't bring up controversial subjects while eating your turkey. Not even when you are eating cranberries. It's kind of an unwritten rule that the little kids get the drumsticks if they want them. If not, the drumsticks could go to big boys.
Let's talk turkey. This week, the Eatbeat leads me to conversations with people who sell turkey, cook turkey, eat turkey. Take Ryan Holland, for instance. He's the meat manager at Hugo's on South Washington Street. And he says the turkeys he sells often are about 14 to 16 pounds. Some go up to 24 pounds. He figures for eight to 10 people, you need an 18 to 20 pound turkey. That gives you leftovers. And then there are some who prefer to buy boneless turkey breast. "A lot of people nowadays deep fry their turkeys. There are all sorts of options," he said.