History Enriches Recipes
By Andrea Hunter Halgrimson
The Forum, Fargo, North Dakota, December 15, 2007
Andrea Hunter Halgrimson was born in Fargo at St. Luke's Hospital
in 1940. She lives in the same north Fargo neighborhood where
parents, grandmothers, grandfather and great grandmother also lived.
She served as The Forum's librarian from 1972 until her retirement
in 2004. She still writes a food and cooking that has run off and
on since 1987. In 2003 she started writing a local history column, "As
She is a graduate of Fargo Central High School (1958) and North
Dakota State University (1984).
Recipes dont have to be the only ingredient in good cookbook. Cookbooks
can also tell stories. Ive been rearranging my collection and have
reacquainted myself with a few of my favorites.
I especially favor those with a little history thrown in the mix.
Dakota Gold, NDLA Celebrates 100 Years, published last year by
the North Dakota Library Association, is jam-packed with recipes
from librarians around the state. It is also filled with history
not only of the association but of North Dakota over the last 100
The meatless recipes on pages 166 and 167 give you an idea of the
eclectic mix in the book: Stuffed Eggplant, Braised Kale, Red Lentil
Loaf and Stuffed Peppers all from Christine Kujawa at the Bismarck
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