It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…

Rath-Wald, Carmen. "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like..." Napoleon Homestead, 7 December 2011, 2.

Folks out holiday shopping and looking for some one-of-a-kind items last weekend, found some great selections at the Holiday Showcase

The Pride of Dakota holiday showcase at the Bismarck Civic Center last weekend was their biggest showcase to date with 235 booths. Vendors were selling everything from food and decorations to winter accessories and shoes.

"Customers are finding that the products that are made in North Dakota are quality products. They`re something unique, something more special maybe because they`re made by neighbors and your fellow North Dakotans," said Sara Kelsch, marketing specialist with the North Dakota Department of Agriculture.

Pride of Dakota says it`s had 60 companies join the organization in the past year, with more than 500 North Dakota companies now listed as Pride of Dakota members.  Prior to the weekend’s events, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said “This is the biggest Holiday Showcase ever.” “We will have a tremendous variety of North Dakota-made foods and condiments, decorative and gift items, jewelry, recordings and much more. It’s a great opportunity to do your holiday shopping.”

John and I were in Bismarck for a Christmas party (where I might add I was hypnotized, but that is another column), so we stopped in at the holiday showcase and walked the isles visiting with the vendors and shoppers. 

John bought a warm and fuzzy John Deere blanket made by a lady who had stitched around the tractor, and the words.  It is green and yellow and John has plans to take naps with our grandson, both of them covered by the cozy blanket.

I bought a book on genealogy resources for North Dakotans and visited with the two co-authors who assured me they could be contacted for more advice and information.  They even signed my book.

Another stop at the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection booth provided a recipe for Mom’s Borscht, from, “Sei Unser Gast” Be Our Guest.  A collection of German-Russian Receipes from the members and friends, and a picture card featuring inviting people to share their pre-1980 photos of food, gardening, farming & more with the Tri-County Tourism Alliance.   That project is funded in part with a grant from the north Dakota State Historical Society.

Here is the recipe on the GHRC’s card, and please note that the GRHC can be contacted at or by calling the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection in Fargo at 701-231-6596.  Ask for Michael Miller or Acacia Stuckle .

Mom’s Borscht

3 qt. water                                           1 small head cabbage, shredded
1 lb. soup meat or 1 large soup bone   2 beets, diced or 1 small can diced beets
2 bay leaves                                         1 can tomatoes
1 large onion, sliced                            ½ c. rice
11/4 c. butter                                       2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
3 large carrots                                      1 c. sour cream

In a large kettle, bring to a boil the water, soup bone or soup meat, bay leaves, and salt.  Cover and cook gently for 2 hours.

While meat is cooking, cook onion in butter in a large fry pan.  Add other vegetables (use a small or large can of tomatoes, depending upon your taste) to onion and simmer 1 hour.  When meat is tender, remove meat from broth and strain broth.  Return broth to kettle with the meat and cooked vegetables and simmer for 1 ½ hours.  Add rice, then potatoes 10 minutes later; cook until done.  Add sour cream, bring soup to a boil, and serve.  (Peas, green beans, celery, or corn may be added to this soup, if desired).  Serves 8.

If you have any questions about this column or anything else I can help with, please contact me at the NDSU Extension Office in Logan County located in the courthouse in Napoleon or call 754-2504.  I would be glad to help!

Printed with permission of the Napoleon Homestead.

Permission to use any images from the GRHC website may be requested by contacting Michael M. Miller