Cookie Day!December 4, 2015
The Persians are believed to have been the first to savor cookies or 'small cakes' in the 7th century AD. They benefited from access to a crucial ingredient: sugar from the East Indies. The spice trade and Muslim migration helped bring the treats to Spain and the rest of Europe.
National Cookie Day was created in 1987 by the Blue Chip Cookie Company. Gingersnaps, macaroons, linzers and snickerdoodles are among other traditional favorites over the holidays. The word 'cookie' probably comes from the Dutch 'koekje', 'small cake.' Dutch immigrants were among the first to bring cookies to the U.S., in the 17th century. One of the most famous American recipes was created by Ruth Wakefield, who owned the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Mass. She started out assuming that pieces of chocolate added to a butter-cookie batter would melt and result in chocolate cookies. But the bits kept their shape, and, presto, the chocolate chip cookie was born. We wouldn't leave you without some other cookie recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth. Dunking in milk is recommended, though not required.
After five seasons - the Syfy TV series Haven - loosely based on the Stephen King novel "The Colorado Kid" - has its series finale on December 17. Along the way - the evil alien Croatoan - was mentioned but never seen ... until last night. At the end of the episode we finally got to meet him - and guess who plays the part - William Shatner dressed like one of the Time Traveling Observers from "Fringe".
The character Croatoan was named after Croatoan Island - now Hatteras Island - a barrier island located off the North Carolina coast. Back in Colonial America the Hatteras Indians were the first human inhabitants - establishing a settlement known as Croatoan ... but then they disappeared. The only clue to the colonists' whereabouts was the word "Croatoan" carved into the palisade of the fort.
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found in ancient rubbish dump in Jerusalem Daily Mail - December 3, 2015
The oval piece of clay bears the symbol of a winged sun and hieroglyphs
Archaeologists said it was the private seal of the biblical King Hezekiah
During his rule, the Kingdom of Judah saw its power rise dramatically
The seal has provided new clues about Hezekiah's life and politics
Kings of Israel Crystalinks
Z takes us to Persia where something called "cookies" were first created.
Not the computer kind - the yummy kind.