By Andrea Winkjer Collin, Editor, North Dakota Horizons
After the weather challenges North Dakotans endured during most of this year, the beautiful fall we have enjoyed has been much appreciated. I have walked outside later this year than during any other fall in memory, and with no permanent snowpack on the ground yet, we may be walking after Thanksgiving dinner next week.
It has been hard to grasp that Thanksgiving is next week -- who is thinking about it without the winter weather that usually has greeted us this time of year?
When the temperatures dropped to below 30 degrees this week, the holiday baking bug finally hit me. Because we associate holidays with cold weather, I ask again, who is thinking about that when it has been so nice?
So last night I got going with a batch of flatbread. Despite the great food I ate during the Germans from Russia Heritage Tour I wrote about in the fall issue of North Dakota Horizons, I was not ready to try anything new. I turned to the same Norwegian recipes that spell tradition in my family.
Although we always try to make lefse, last night I decided to do flatbread, that crispy cracker-like bread that is as addictive as popcorn. Made like lefse, flatbread is easier to put together because it isn't made with potatoes. It's easier to roll out and bake, too.
Pictured here are the fruits of my labors last night. If I make nothing else, I will be able to hold my head high at Thanksgiving dinner with this traditional contribution.
I hope you enjoy your preparations for the holidays, whatever they may be. I suppose we could also be putting up our Christmas lights during this still-mild weather, but nah, that would be too easy!