Thursday, December 13, 2007

I'd like an edible house to call my own

In recent weeks, I have seen some fabulous-looking gingerbread houses decorating various store windows. As I've made clear in a previous post, I love me some gingerbread...whether it's in the form of flavored coffee or the tasty ginger snap cookies gracing the shelves of the local Trader Joes. Gingerbread is definitely one of my favorite sweet treats -- and of course, it goes hand-in-hand with the holiday season.
Fortunately for all you calorie counters out there, a number of sugar-free gingerbread recipes are now available. Here are two, courtesy of www.Splenda.com.

Merry Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cake

And if you're worried about adding gingerbread to the list of other holiday treats, you can take comfort in the fact that ginger provides a number of health benefits. For one, it has a long tradition of effectively alleviating symptoms of "gastrointestinal distress" - i.e., it's a nice cure for that belly-ache. Modern scientific research has also revealed it has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor effects...all good news!
Another fun fact. According to the Guiness Book of Records, the world’s largest gingerbread man weighed more than 372 pounds and was made by the chefs at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver back in 2003. It was also nearly 14 feet tall and two inches deep. And while today's youth might not be familiar with the old Gingerbread Man fairy-tale -- remember? "Run, run, run as fast you can! You can't catch me, I'm The Gingerbread Man!"? -- they surely know Gingy from the Shrek movies.
Moving on, here's a pretty sweet video I found - utilizing a time-lapse camera - that compiles all the work done on the 16-foot gingerbread house built annually in the lobby of the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Created by Walt Disney World, it's apparently made using 1,050 pounds of honey, 140 pints of egg whites, 600 pounds of powdered sugar, 700 pounds of chocolate, 800 pounds of flour, 35 pounds of spices, tons of creativity, Disney magic and pixie dust. Woof-dee.

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