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Some smells only evoke memories of Christmas and there is nothing like freshly baked gingerbread floating around your home to give you that warm, fuzzy holiday feeling. Gingerbread is now a part of our holiday traditions, and there’s more to this festive little food than these cute little houses.

The word “gingerbread” comes from Old French “gigembras”, which means “ginger food”. In Middle English the term became “gyngebreed” and it evolved into “gingerbread”. Today we use the term “gingerbread” to describe a line of sweet treats that combine ginger with honey, molasses or molasses.

Food historians trace the origins of gingerbread to the ancient Egyptians, who used it for ceremonial purposes. The ancient Greeks followed suit with the first known recipe for gingerbread around 2400 BC. After creating a dough of breadcrumbs, honey, and ginger and rolling the mixture, monks often carved Biblical scenes or images of saints before baking them. They then used these gingerbread treats as a way to feed the hungry and at the same time offer religious education.

Over time, the custom took hold and gingerbread cookies in the shape of animals, flowers, birds or kings and queens became commonplace at medieval fairs across Europe. . Queen Elizabeth I even ordered gingerbread cookies made to look like dignitaries visiting her court. These royal cookies often featured elaborate gold leaf patterns and intricate details. We still call the sophisticated architectural details of Victorian-era homes “gingerbread”.

The holiday custom of baking and decorating gingerbread houses began in 16th century Germany, where houses with richly decorated gingerbread cookie walls began to appear in bakery windows. But it was after the publication of Grimm’s famous fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel” in 1912, where two lost children discover a house deep in the forest made entirely of sweets, that German bakers began to make houses from fairy tale decorated with gingerbread. This tradition was introduced to America and became popular during the Christmas season.

December 12th is Gingerbread House Day in the United States, so get your gingerbread house kit and have fun decorating!

The Friendship Café is open for indoor dining, take-out, pick-up, and curbside delivery. We are open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Main entrance, $ 7. Comes with a vegetable or fruit, bread and dessert.

Friday December 3: Center closed.

Tuesday December 7: Swiss steak.

Wednesday December 8: Unforgettable chicken casserole.

Thursday December 9: Ribs and sauerkraut.

Soup and sandwich (ham or turkey) with fruit, $ 6.50. Turkey or ham wrap with a cup of soup or salad, $ 8. Chef’s salad or taco salad with bread, $ 8.

All applicable taxes are included in the prices. For payment, we accept cash or checks.

Senior meal delivery program: If you are a senior located in Isanti County interested in delivery, call us at (763-689-6555) the day before or in the morning between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Please provide your name, phone number and address.

Global market: You can order hot and fresh meals to be delivered to your home Monday through Thursday for $ 27.50 / week. This includes an extra bag on Thursdays containing soup, bread, and fruit for your weekend meal. Please call before Sunday and leave a message, including your name, phone number and address, to place your meal plan order for the following week (763-689-6555).

The Senior Activity Center is located at 140 Buchanan St. N., Suite 164, Cambridge, 763-689-6555.

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