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November 21st is National Gingerbread Cookie Day!

Posted on November 21, 2016

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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.

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The term gingerbread is from the Latin term zingiber via old French gingebras, meaning preserved ginger.

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Catholic monks used to make gingerbread in the shape of angels and saints.

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A doctor once wrote a prescription for gingerbread to the Swedish King Hans to cure his depression.

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Queen Elizabeth I is credited with the first gingerbread men.

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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.

 


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November 21 is National Gingerbread Cookie Day

Posted on November 21, 2014

Here are today’s five thing to know about Gingerbread Cookie:

  1. Gingerbread originates from ancient Greeks and Egyptians who used as a ceremonial offering.
  2. The term gingerbread is from the Latin term zingiber via old French gingebras, meaning preserved ginger.
  3. In Nuremberg, Ulm and Pulsnitz in Germany, Torun in Poland, Tula in Russia,  the making of gingerbread is considered a Fine Art .
  4. After the Brothers Grimm’s “Hansel and Gretel” story published, the gingerbread house making became popular throughout Europe.
  5. In 992, gingerbread was first brought to Europe by am Armenian monk named Gregory of Nicopolis.

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Today’s Pinterest Board : Julie Child’s Holiday Recipes

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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.

 

December 23rd is National Pfeffernusse Day!

Posted on December 23, 2018

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Here are today’s Five Food Finds about Pfeffernusse

Pfeffernusse is a variant of German Lebkuchen, or gingerbread.

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Pferffernusse cookies differ from regular German gingerbread is that they are rolled into balls and then glazed with powdered sugar after baking.

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Pferffernusse literally means “pepper”.

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A traditional Pfeffernusse cookie will be too hard to eat without dipping in liquid for the first few days.

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The cookies do soften with age and more modern recipe adaptations have been made to make them soft from the start.

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Today’s Food History

1675 On December 23, 1675, Charles II of England, issued a proclamation suppressing Coffee Houses. The public response was so negative that he revoked it on January 8, 1676.
A Proclamation for the Suppression of Coffee Houses.
“Whereas it is most apparent that the multitude of Coffee Houses of late years set up and kept within this Kingdom…and the great resort of idle and disaffected persons to them, have produced very evil and dangerous effects; as well for that many tradesmen and others, do herein misspend much of their time, which might and probably would be employed in and about their Lawful Calling and Affairs; but also for that in shcu houses…divers, false, malitious, and scandalous reports are devised and spread abroad to the Defamation of His Majesty’s Government, and to the disturbance of the Peace and Quiet of the Realm; his Majesty hath though it fit and necessary, that the said Coffee Houses be (for the Future) put down and suppressed…”

1901 Sir Joseph Henry Gilbert died. An English chemist, he is the co-inventor (with John Bennet Lawes) of superphosphate fertilizer.

1940 Jorma Kaukonen of the music group ‘Hot Tuna’ was born.


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