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"What's for Dinner Honey?"

On Fridays, Signe, our friend and famous foodie tracks down something inspired to make in the kitchen.  There is nothing she likes better than to find a great recipe, with a great story to go along with it.  She found a gem perfect not only for a special occasion, but for any time.

Old Fashioned Ginger Snaps from Jen Haggerty
1 1/2 Cup Crisco
2 C sugar
2 eggs
1/2 C molasses
4 C sifted flour
2 t baking soda
2 t cinnamon
2 t ground cloves
1 T ginger
1/2 C sugar for rolling them in before baking

Cream Crisco, sugar, eggs and molasses in a bowl until well blended and creamy.  Sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger in a bowl and slowly mix into wet mixture. Refrigerate until dough is a bit hardened.  Roll dough into tablespoon size balls and then roll in sugar until well coated.  Place on cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until they become the color of a brown paper bag.

The Story from Jen:
"When my father embarked on a journey to sail his sailboat from Boston to Tortola, British Virgin Islands, I decided to make him three batches of these delicious cookies, since they were his favorite.  He and the crew he hired to help him set out across the endless open ocean toward their final destination. All of these seaworthy sailors had loads of experience sailing and looked forward to their adventure.  Most of them claimed that they had never gotten sea sickness despite hours on the open ocean.  But low and behold, off the coast of Bermuda the encountered huge rolling swells which challenged each of their stomachs.  First my father was violently ill, followed by the rest of the crew.  None of them had much of an appetite for two days and the only thing they could seem to stomach and hold down were the ginger snaps.  It was then that they realized that not only were these cookies delicious, but full of ginger which settled their stomachs and got them through the worst part of their journey."  Thank goodness for an old fashioned remedy.