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GINGERBREAD HOUSE S DECEMBER 2006 YUMMY NORTHWEST MARY ROSEWOOD, EDITOR AND PUBLISHER LESLIE PHILLIPS, COPY EDITOR KENT, WASHINGTON Gingerbread joy Tasty holidays In Seattle, Sheraton Hotel chefs and local architects And now, some photos Here is a preview of what you’ll see at the Nothing marks the winter holidays with City Centre. quite the same impact as gingerbread have teamed up for the houses. Simple or elaborate, these edible fourteenth year to build structures inspire awe in those who view six massive gingerbread them, and they’re darn fun to make. structures to impress onlookers and raise The unofficial rule for a true gingerbread money for the Northwest house is that everything used in its chapter of the Juvenile construction be edible. Whether you Diabetes Research actually eat it or not, is up to you. Some Foundation. folks cover theirs in shellac and pull it out each Christmas. This year’s theme is “Holidays in the Northwest.” But Yummy Northwest recommends that Look for Mount Rainier, you make a new one each year. Part of the downtown Seattle, the joy of the season is making people happy, Ballard locks, Orca and working with tons of candy is one way whales, eagles, skiers, to accomplish this. kayakers, and many more Northwest sights. Pre-baked houses are available at some supermarkets and bakeries, so if you don’t Usually, structures are bake, you can still make your very own. created and displayed in OK, it’s a little crooked, but it’s Seattle’s the Sheraton Hotel, but one-and-only gingerbread Space Needle. during hotel renovation, architects did what they First, a little background could with 1,200 pounds Gingerbread variations have been around of dough and 600 pounds for centuries. Breads, cakes, and cookies of icing in home garages have all been made throughout Europe and rooms around town, since at least the eleventh century. and then very carefully transported them to the Early settlers in America brought their second floor of the City recipes with them, and used local Centre. ingredients, such as maple syrup in New England and sorghum molasses in the This is a spectacular South, to create regional delicacies. must-see display in downtown Seattle. In Germany, flat cookies have always been more popular than elsewhere in Europe, City Centre and it was probably inevitable that 1420 Fifth Ave. (at Union) someone there would think to build them Seattle, Wash. 98101 More recognizable are the guys tossing into a house. In the nineteenth century, the Nov. 24 – Jan. 1 fish at the Pike Place Market…and the pig, Brothers Grimm found a long-told fairy tale of course. wherein Hansel and Gretel, hungry and abandoned children, came across a Learn more about photos by Mary Rosewood gloriously decorated gingerbread house in juvenile diabetes at the forest. www.jdrfnorthwest.org. Great gingerbread Here are some resources that will provide a good foundation for your own creations. Vegan Lunch Box by Jennifer McCann Even if you consume meat, milk, or cheese, you’ll appreciate the healthy recipes developed by this Santa pauses to laugh before crossing a creative Kennewick, Wash., cinnamon-stick-and-gum bridge. cook. Especially enjoy the recipe for Gingerbread Pull back to enjoy the full view of Mount Vegans in her new Rainier overlooking downtown Seattle full cookbook. To view daily of Christmas cheer. lunch boxes filled with intriguing vegan treats, go to her award-winning blog at www.veganlunchbox.com. Great Gingerbread by Sara Perry This Portland cookbook author shares more of her wonderful edible ideas. You’ll love the simplicity of her gingerbread house, the Lickety-Split Log Cabin. Many other gingerbread treats await in this fun-to- look-at book. Making Great Gingerbread Houses by Aaron Morgan and Paige Gilchrist A snow globe! How did they do that? Much more complicated than log cabins, the gingerbread houses in this book will delight you even if you decide This Seattle landmark building, the Smith you’ll never make them. A Tower, is best seen at dusk. Wow! tree house, a zoo, a totem pole lodge (the traditional dwelling of Northwest Indians), and a lighthouse are just some of the offerings. About Yummy Northwest The Mini Gingerbread Each monthly issue highlights an edible House Kit delight available in the Pacific Northwest. by Running Press Contact the editor This tiny boxed kit contains a Comments, corrections, topic ideas, and recipe book, cutters, and two chimneys for your diminutive submissions are all most welcome at An eagle at its tree-top nest. masterpiece. Yummy_Northwest@hotmail.com. View archives issues at yummynorthwest.com.