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• The word “cookie” has its origins in the Dutch language from their word keokje, meaning “little cake.” It’s thought that cookies originated as a method of testing cakes. Bakers used a small amount of cake batter to test the oven temperature. Persia was probably the first country to make cookies, as it was one of the first to cultivate sugar. • Home-baked cookies come in several styles. Pressed cookies are formed by pressing dough through a press to form fancy shapes. Drop cookies are made by merely dropping spoonfuls of dough onto a baking sheet while the dough for bar cookies is spread in a shallow pan and cut into bars after baking. Icebox cookies are created by shaping dough into a log, which is refrigerated, then sliced and baked. Cookies cutters are used to make rolled cookies into decorative shapes. American tinsmiths began fashioning cookie cutters by hand in the 1700s. • The first American cookbook, American Cookery, published in 1796 includes two recipes simply called “Cookies” and “Christmas Cookey.”
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• Springerle are traditional Christmas cookies from Bavaria and Austria, and are small anise-flavored cookies with an image stamped on top, imprinted from a carved rolling pin or mold. Centuries ago, these were used to tell the Christmas story to the illiterate by stamping Bible scenes from the Nativity into the dough. A 14th-century hand-carved wooden springerle mold featuring images of the Easter lamb, the world’s oldest known mold, was discovered in Switzerland. • No matter what you call it, it’s still a cookie. In England, they’re biscuits, in Spain, galletas, while Germans say keks. The Italians use several different names, most commonly amaretti and biscotti. The word biscotti translates “twice cooked,” as the dough is formed into a log and baked, then sliced and baked again. • The tradition of Girl Scout cookies dates back to 1917, just five years after Juliette Low founded the organization. A scout troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies and held a sale in their high school cafeteria as part of a service project. Over the next two decades, Girl Scouts across America held sales of cookies baked by their own troops, packaging them in wax paper, and selling door-to-door for 35 cents a dozen. In 1934, Philadelphia Girl Scouts became the first to sell commercially-baked cookies, and within two years, the national organization licensed the idea. During World War II, when there was a shortage of sugar, flour, and butter, the Girl Scouts sold calendars as their service project. By 1948, 29 commercial bakers were licensed to bake the three varieties – peanut butter sandwich, shortbread, and chocolate mints. Today, cookie sales during the short eight-week time period when the Scouts hold their sale are close to $790 million. (cont’d on page 4)
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COOKIES (continued): • One common belief for the origin of fortune cookies dates back to the 12th century, when Chinese soldiers defended their territory from Mongolian invaders. Legend has it that the Mongolians didn’t particularly care for Chinese lotus nut paste cakes, so Chinese soldiers hid messages containing details of their uprising written on rice paper inside the cakes to notify the troops. A more recent explanation cites a Cantonese immigrant working as a baker in Los Angeles putting slips of paper inside his cookies with words of encouragement and good “fortune” and handing them out to the poor and homeless street people. In 1960, a new machine was invented that folded fortune cookies in half much faster. • After his service with the Air Force, Wally Amos went to work as a talent agent with the William Morris Agency. His trick to persuade celebrities to meet with him and work out a deal was to send home-baked chocolate chip cookies home with them. It became apparent that he was better at cookies than as an agent, and in 1975, Wally “Famous” Amos opened his first store in Los Angeles, selling $300,000 his first year, jumping to over $1 million the following year. • The world’s favorite cookie is the Oreo, now sold in more than 100 countries around the globe. The very first Oreo rolled out of a Manhattan bakery in March, 1912, and was sold shortly thereafter in Hoboken, New Jersey. The first Oreos were packaged in bulk tins and sold by weight, about 30 cents a lb. back then. Today, they’re baked at 21 different bakeries and over 20.5 million of these favorites are eaten worldwide every single day. Just one batch of Oreos requires 18 million lbs. (8,165,000 kg) of cocoa.
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Harriet Tubman risked her life for hundreds of people during the American Civil War era. Let’s look into the life of this Underground Railroad “conductor.” • Born into slavery in Maryland in 1820, at age six, Harriet was given nursemaid duty watching a tiny baby. Any time the baby cried, Harriet was whipped, and later told of a day when she was thrashed five times before breakfast. At age 12, when she refused to help tie up a captured slave who was about to be whipped, Harriet was struck in the head by a weight thrown by her owner. The result was a lifelong injury that caused severe headaches, seizures, and unexpected attacks of narcolepsy. • At age 29, Tubman became quite ill, which caused her value as a slave to drop considerably. Although her owner repeatedly attempted to sell her, no buyer could be found. Because she feared being separated from her relatives, she began to pray that God would make her owner change his ways. When no change occurred, and a sale was being finalized, Harriet made a change to her prayer. In her words, “I began to pray, ‘Oh, Lord, if you ain’t never going to change that man’s heart, kill him, Lord, and take him out of the way.’” A week later, the owner died. When his widow began liquidating the estate, Harriet escaped to Philadelphia. Shortly afterward, she returned to Maryland and guided her relatives to freedom. • Over the next 11 years, Tubman returned to Maryland nearly 20 times, rescuing over 300 slaves, leading them through the various stations of the Underground Railroad. She was given the nickname Moses, after the Bible hero who led his people out of Egyptian slavery. Tubman was never captured, nor were any of (cont’d next page) her rescued slaves.
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• On Nov. 30, 1886, the Folies Bergere in Paris introduces an elaborate revue featuring women in sensational costumes. The highly popular “Place aux Jeunes” established the Folies as the premier nightspot in Paris. The Folies followed the Parisian taste for striptease and quickly gained a reputation for its spectacular nude shows. • On Dec. 1, 1913, Henry Ford installs the first moving assembly line for the mass production of an entire automobile. His innovation reduced the time it took to build a car from more than 12 hours to 2 1/2 hours. • On Nov. 28, 1925, the “Grand Ole Opry,” one of the longest-lived and most popular showcases for country music, begins broadcasting live from Nashville, Tenn. The
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PICKS OF THE WEEK “Red 2” (R) -- A handful of renegade CIA retirees go back into action to kill bad dudes and recover a nuclear weapon. The aging -- but still deadly -- ensemble includes Bruce Willis (tough guy and hero), John Malkovich (the Mad-Dog Murdoch of the crew) and Helen Mirren (elegant and sophisticated, even when operating an automatic weapon). Mary-Louise Parker PHOTO: Helen Mirren in “Red 2” rounds out the cast as Bruce’s civilian girlfriend.
While the explosions are big and bright, this film has an acute case of sequel-itis. Willis looks bored for most of the proceedings. The jokes don’t land the way they did in the prequel. Sir Anthony Hopkins has a fun role as a scientist -- possibly the mad kind. If you truly enjoyed the first round, then go ahead and rent this as a follow-up. “Jobs” (PG-13) -- Steve Jobs had an undeniably dramatic and intriguing life. From his early years, to the launch of Apple Computers, all the way up to his triumphant return to the company he built and then lost. Ashton Kutcher clearly put in the research for his role as Jobs. Josh Gad -- a more comedic type -- does a great job of depicting Steve Wozniak, the techie who built the first Apple motherboard, and a companion to the often anti-social Jobs. Sadly, the film never rises above the point of worshipping Steve Jobs. The tone of the movie is hard to pin down -- I thought I was watching a parody for a good portion of the run time. People respond to every
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DEAR PAW’S CORNER: While we remember the sacrifices our men and women in uniform have made on Veterans Day, please tell your readers not to forget that there are still hundreds of military working dogs providing security and keeping our soldiers in action safe from IEDs and other threats. -- John in Tempe, Ariz. DEAR JOHN: You said it! There are actually about 3,000 military working dogs in all branches of service, and they’ve played a crucial role in protecting U.S. forces since at least World War I. They’ve served as trackers, sentries, scouts and bomb sniffers, and assisted military police in their duties. So, how can you recognize, honor or even help military working dogs today? Here are a few ideas. --Learn about heroic military working dogs and read their stories at DogsofHonor.com, or read the book “Soldier Dogs” by Maria Goodavage. --Donate to a military working-dog association or charity. Many of these are small charities and aren’t monitored or rated, so do as much research as you can before sending your money. --Or, donate to the Military Working Dog Teams National Monument, which was dedicated Oct. 28 at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. -- Organize a care-package drive to send treats, protective booties and other items to military dogs overseas. -- Consider adopting a retired military dog. This is a big step, and military dogs require a lot of attention and care, but it is possible.
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