Friday, May 14, 2021
Friday, May 07, 2021
Friday, April 30, 2021

Spring sports season is in full swing, and I’ll admit that this is the time of year when my cooking habits are at their laziest.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Last week’s Banner featured a guest food columnist, Jack Dura, and his Grandma’s Little’s banana bread recipe. Jack is a former Banner intern whom we all adore, and I feel like a proud parent every time I see his byline in the Bismarck Tribune. Because clearly, the Banner is to credit for al…

Friday, April 16, 2021

Treasured in the family cookbook is my great-grandmother’s banana bread. She credited the recipe to someone named Mary S., but to us, it’s Grandma Little’s banana bread.

Friday, April 09, 2021

I’ve been working on slimming down and getting healthier the past year but I hit a plateau over the holidays and was getting discouraged. To add to it, I wasn’t feeling the greatest – likely due to the fact that my gallbladder had gone rogue and needed to go.

Friday, April 02, 2021

Easter in the Short household is usually pretty low-key. In the days before COVID (remember those?) we’d often head to my mother-in-law’s home in rural Portland, N.D. on Saturday. And the hubby makes homemade pizza at some point every Easter Sunday because he adores checking his dough after …

Friday, March 26, 2021
Friday, March 19, 2021
Friday, March 12, 2021

Our little publishing company took ownership of the Banner more than nine years ago, meaning in that time I’ve written about 460 food columns. That’s 460 separate recipes, 460 food stylings and photo shoots, and 460 bags worth of groceries.

Friday, March 05, 2021
Friday, February 26, 2021

Having a dining room has always been important to me because I love to entertain. However, like most people, we don’t actually use our dining room for dining unless we’re hosting a big Thanksgiving dinner, so the rest of the year the dining room is a multipurpose room.

Friday, February 19, 2021
Friday, February 12, 2021

I love traveling different places with the kiddo because it gets him outside his his comfort zone, and he’s more willing to try different activities and foods. My 11-year-old is definitely a lot more adventurous when he’s not feeling penned in by his usual routine.

Friday, February 05, 2021

The hubby and I like to eat a variety of different types of foods and always considered ourselves pretty adventurous when it came to trying different restaurants and cuisines. We swore that wouldn’t change when we had kids; we’d tote the kid along with us and introduce him to all the flavors…

Friday, January 29, 2021

I’ve been a huge fan of my slow cookers (yes, plural) for decades – and I’ll always adore this beloved kitchen appliance – but I find myself relying more and more on my Instant Pot multicooker, as well.

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.