November 21st is National Gingerbread Cookie Day!
Here are today’s five things to know about gingerbread:
The “gingerbread house” became popular in Germany after the Brothers Grimm published Hansel and Gretel in the 19th century.
The term gingerbread is from the Latin term zingiber via old French gingebras, meaning preserved ginger.
Catholic monks used to make gingerbread in the shape of angels and saints.
A doctor once wrote a prescription for gingerbread to the Swedish King Hans to cure his depression.
Queen Elizabeth I is credited with the first gingerbread men.
Today’s Food History
- 1941 ‘King Biscuit Time’ radio show was first broadcast from Helena, Arkansas. It is the longest running daily radio program in history, broadcasting live blues music, interviews, etc. It is named for its sponsor, King Biscuit Flour. The ‘King Biscuit Flour Hour’ rock and roll radio program took its name from ‘King Biscuit Time.’
- 1970 ‘I Think I Love You’ by the Partridge Family is #1 on the charts.
- 1980 28,000 Canada geese spend a few nights on Silver Lake in Rochester, Minnesota.