Friday, January 22, 2021

My parents always seemed to have it together when I was a kid; they knew how to respond to any situation and fix every problem. But in hindsight, I realize they were probably just winging it like everyone else.

Friday, January 15, 2021

I try to steer clear of political and/or social commentary in this food column – or anywhere beyond the confines of my own living room, really – and that’s not going to change anytime soon.

Friday, January 08, 2021

I typically start each year with the same New Year’s resolution: to be healthier. This hasn’t gone particularly well for the better part of the past two decades, both because I love to eat and I’m the queen of making excuses.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

When I was a kid, we frequently had Campbell’s tomato or chicken noodle soup for family lunches, usually alongside a sandwich. But we never made soup from scratch, and soup was always sort of a side dish for a grilled cheese or ham sandwich.

Thursday, December 24, 2020

I love to ring in the new year with Chinese food, and for us, there’s no better way to kick of 2021 than steamed dumplings.

Friday, December 18, 2020

We don’t have many Christmas traditions on the Erickson side of the family, but one of them is the annual Christmas Eve pizza. This started when we were kids and we were too excited to rip open our gifts to sit through a long holiday meal and its ensuing cleanup.

Friday, December 11, 2020

My sense of Christmas timing is all off this year, due to a variety of factors – not the least of which are the unseasonably warm temperatures and lack of pretty white stuff on the ground when I look out the window.

Friday, December 04, 2020

My boss and I were chatting at work the other day about how human beings are, above all, adaptable, and I think this year is bringing out some of those qualities in me that typically get tamped down beneath my Type A tendencies to plan and control everything.

Friday, November 27, 2020
Friday, November 20, 2020

Thanksgiving is among the most predictable holidays of them of all. Families get together, people watch football and the bulk of the menu stays the same year over year.

Friday, November 13, 2020

I adored my grandpa and learned so many lessons from him over the years, whether it was the importance of following the Golden Rule, always paying your debts and not being wasteful.

Friday, November 06, 2020

I have several friends who tried those mail-in DNA tests in the past few years – the ones where you mail in a saliva sample, typically to help track ancestry and trace genealogy – and I’ll admit I’m tempted to give it a try. I’m a huge history buff in general, and would love to learn more ab…

Friday, October 30, 2020

I often rely on the hubby for inspiration for my columns and recipes – and life in general. He is, after all, the meaning in my life. He’s the inspiration.

Friday, October 23, 2020

When my kiddo was little (and even before I had a kid, to be honest) I used to delight in decorating my house for Halloween.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Lately the hubby and I have been doing a lot of cooking on the weekends to make plenty of leftovers for midweek – which has especially come in handy since I’ve been out of town or in training (or both) much of the past three weeks.

Friday, October 09, 2020

Both my kiddo and I have what’s known in our family as the Swenson nose. This feature, passed down through my grandma Gladys’ side of the family, is – aesthetically speaking – a positive.

Friday, October 02, 2020

When I was younger, my family lived in Wimbledon, N.D., a small farming community west of the Red River Valley. My grandpa was one in a long line of farmers, so I was used to seeing the rolling hills of ripening wheat, barley and sunflowers as harvest was nearing.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Some of our favorite family recipes began as happy accidents in the kitchen, including this inadvertent stir-fry.

Friday, September 18, 2020

My son, Jack, celebrates his 11th birthday this week. It seems like just yesterday we were planning a big Mickey Mouse-themed bash for his second birthday after having recently moved to Hillsboro, but nine years later, things have changed.

Friday, September 11, 2020

I crave all things apple this time of year, which is probably nature’s way of telling me apples are in season. I don’t know that any recipe will ever top classic apple pie in my book, but I aim to keep trying. However, as I was flipping through a selection of recipes recently, I had a proble…

Friday, September 04, 2020

I resemble my mom’s side of the family in looks, but when it comes to my relationship with food, I’m a daddy’s girl. In Dad’s family, the Ericksons, food isn’t just sustenance; it’s a form of enjoyment and a way to show people you care.

Friday, August 28, 2020

My son started fifth-grade this week, which was kind of a big deal for me.

Friday, August 21, 2020

School already started for many families in the area, and we send our kiddo back this coming week.

Friday, August 14, 2020

I’m a self-taught cook who’s learned a lot in the kitchen over the past few decades, most of it through trial and error. I’ve certainly had my share of blunders along the way. For example, the first time I made scotcheroo bars I threw away the bars, the pan they were in and the knife still s…

Friday, August 07, 2020

The hubby went on a health kick late last year and, while I thought it was a crazy phase that would quickly pass, he kept it up – working out, eating healthier, even taking his vitamins like a good boy.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Major League Baseball finally kicked off last week and the hubby and I have been watching a lot of it. We’re big baseball fans to begin with, so we’re definitely interested in this year’s condensed season.

Friday, July 24, 2020

The kiddo and I were helping out with a project at my parents’ house a few weeks ago when my son asked for a snack. We went into the kitchen and started scoping out our options.

Friday, July 17, 2020

I was 7 years old when my brother Cory was born and he’s always been the sweetest little brother to his bossy big sister.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Everyone in my immediate family has a July birthday, starting with my own, which was last weekend.

Friday, July 03, 2020

Although my birthday will still go on this weekend, largely the same as it has in previous years, two pieces of my birthday plan have gone awry.