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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Fairy Gingerbread; It's Gingerbread Day!

There seems to be a bit of confusion as to when National Gingerbread Day is; today, June 5th or the day after Thanksgiving. I've chosen today to celebrate because I've been just "dying" to share Tummy Tingles:) with you.

Authored by Josephine Brandenburg Beardsley and the folks at The Wheat Institute in 1937, Tummy Tingles is charmingly illustrated by Majorie Peters. But wait, it gets better. On each of its 12 pages there are tangy rhymes about wheat bread, biscuits, rolls, muffins, gingerbread and pancakes. There's also a poem called the Cookie Tree. It is such a delightful children's book, I thought I would share a glimpse of its contents today on National Gingerbread Day! How about some Fairy Gingerbread?

I typed it out just in case clicking the image doesn't help. (it should though:) I've also included the recipe below.

The fairies made some gingerbread
Of sugar, flour, and spice.
"They said, "We'll give some to our queen,
It looks so very nice!"

So they put some on a napkin,
Laid on a pretty plate,
And took it to the rose bower
Where she was sleeping late.

When the little queen awakened,
It lay before her eyes
And then she cried with great delight,
"Oh what a big surprise!"

"For gingerbread so nice and brown,
So yummy and so airy
My royal thanks and compliments
to every cooking fairy!"

I was hiding by the rose bower
And was quiet as could be
When she asked the happy fairies
For their secret recipe.

I had a little notebook there
And wrote down what they said,
So that is how I learned to make
This Fairy Gingerbread!
Fairy Gingerbread
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup molasses
2-1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. soda (baking)
1 tbs. ginger
Cream sugar and buter in bowl. Beat eggs. Add eggs, milk, and molasses to butter and sugar mixture. Sift flour, soda, and ginger into mixture and beat well. Bake in shallow greased pan in moderate oven (350 degrees) for 45 minutes.

I'm excited to "report," a modernized version of Fairy Gingerbread, from the folks @ Cook's Illustrated, can be found at a new blog I just discovered called Pie-O-My.

June 5th

On June 5th 1883, William Horlick of Rancine, Wisconsin was granted the first patent for Malted Milk. Horlick's was first used for babies and invalids. You can read about Wisconsin's Malted Milk Story and see the patent here.

Bananas were first introduced in the US on June 5th. It says so right here:)

Rudolph Gustav Hass was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 5, 1892. Does any part of that name look familiar? It didn't to me at first. But then, I realized Haas rang a bell. Why of course, amateur horticulturist Rudolph Hass was the developer of the Hass avocado naming it after himself.

In the late 1920s, Mr. Rudolph Hass, a postman, purchased the seedling tree from Rideout, and planted it in his new orchard. He planned to graft another variety on it, but when repeated grafts didn't take he planned to cut the tree down. Fortunately for avocado lovers everywhere, Hass's children talked him out of it. They preferred the taste of the tree's fruit to that of the Fuerte, the predominant variety and industry standard in those days.

Since the quality was high and the tree gave a good yield, Hass named the variety after himself and took out a patent in 1935. That same year, he signed an agreement with Harold Brokaw, a Whittier nurseryman, to grow and promote the Hass Avocados. They would split the gross income: 25 percent for Hass and 75 percent for Brokaw. (California Avocado Commission

June 6th

National Applesauce Cake Day. Speaking of apples, did everyone see the Applegate Farms Coupon Giveaway hosted by Inger @ the Art of Natural Living? (another new blog I recently discovered:)

The first drive-in movie theater opened in Camden, New Jersey, on June 6, 1933. (Oh what fond memories I have of movie night at the Drive-In when I was just a wee tot:)

I'm going to leave you with those tasty days for now. Many of you have already seen the weekly celebrations I listed last June. If you crave a refresher or haven't seen it yet, here's the link.

Peonies After the Rain

Resources
1. How to Celebrate National Gingerbread Day
2. Plum Gingerbread Sponge Pudding