April 19, 2004

State Cookie

In 1997, 3rd grade students form my hometown of Somerset, Massachusetts suggested to that state legislature that Massachusetts declare an official state cookie. They succeeded.

That cookie is the Chocolate Chip Cookie, aka the “Toll House Cookie” aka the Massachusetts Official State Cookie.

My good friend Chuck has some details on this bit of cookie history and a much more interesting connection to the Toll House Inn where the cookie was first baked. You see, he was there that fateful night… well, I’ll let him tell you about it.

Posted by James at April 19, 2004 7:03 PM
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Awww big deal, Connecticut has an official State tartan.

This is what happens when you give Democrats a lock on your legislature:

The white pin stripes (snow) shall be located within every other gray stripe (granite) and shall be offset from the center. The thread ratio for the tartan shall be: Blue-10 (Ocean), gray-2, white-1, gray-5, green-8 (Forests), yellow-1 (Fall foliage), green-2, red-1 (Fall foliage), green-8, gray-8 and blue-10.

Posted by: Steve at April 20, 2004 12:15 PM

Steve, I know where this is going.

You're not dragging me into an interstate argument about chowder. ;)

Posted by: James at April 20, 2004 12:22 PM

No, no, no..Massachusetts is not Rhode Island. You make the proper chowder and Nomar lives there...

I just wanted to take a shot at Democrats in the Connecticut General Assembly. Businesses are going under or heading out and they're codifying tartan regulations.

And, by the way, we also have an official State fossil. (I'm not kidding)

Posted by: Steve at April 20, 2004 4:09 PM

The punchline of that one has got to be that it's one of your Democratic representatives.

Else, if it is true, that's pretty weird.

The state cookie move was, or course, a preemptive effort to stop other states from claiming creation of this fine pastry.

Okay, it's silly.

But you're a conservative, right? I'm sure you'd rather keep the legislature busy declaring state flowers, soft drinks (RI has coffee milk) and even hairstyles. It's the next best thing to gridlock.

Posted by: James at April 20, 2004 4:28 PM

>>Else, if it is true, that's pretty weird.

Indeed:

The State Fossil
Eubrontes giganteus
1755-1776

"The Connecticut Valley is the world's foremost dinosaur track locality. Many different types of fossil track impressions have been found in the Valley's sandstone of the early Jurassic period (200 million years ago). Eubrontes, a large three toed track, was designated the State Fossil in 1991."

Posted by: Steve at April 20, 2004 4:51 PM

I don't like any kind of chowder, or else I would, I'm sure, gladly take up argument for the honor of my birth chowder.

Posted by: Bil at April 21, 2004 2:09 AM

Birth chowder? It sounds like something that comes gushing out of the mother after the baby slides out.

Nasty.

Posted by: Patti M. at April 21, 2004 3:34 PM

Patti, that's exactly what RI clam chowder tastes like ; )

Posted by: Steve at April 21, 2004 10:02 PM

Steve, not to ask you to speak for your state, but I always got the impression CT doesn't really want to be part of NE.

Would it be fair to say that CT views itself as more a part of the NY/NJ/CT tri-state thing than a part of New England?

Posted by: Patti M. at April 22, 2004 1:24 PM

Well, I guess people in Fairfield county (along coast bordering NY) might feel that way because it's a bedroom community for New York. They colonized Western CT before they took over Vermont. But the rest of the state takes pride in being part of NE.

Any number of businesses, attractions, etc play up the NE association. And it was the colonial NE charm that lured those damned NYers (Or Leafers as we sometimes call them) in the first place.

I have a friend who owns a farm market and every Fall he packages stunted green tomatoes and puts them out front. I asked him who the hell would pay 4 bucks for green tomatoes. His answer? New Yorkers.

And sure enough. They drive up for the leaves and but green tomatoes, apples, cider, syrup, etc.

Here's to exploiting NYers and taking their money before it ends up in Steinbrenner's pocket.

Posted by: Steve at April 22, 2004 5:01 PM

Thanks for answering a question that I've had for a long time.

I'm sure by NYers, you mean the City Folk. Those who hail from the more bucholic regions of NY would probably know better than to buy those tomatoes, unless they were pickling them, as my mother does.

Speaking of more bucholic regions of NY, here's a link to a sheep farm that makes some of the best camembert on the planet: http://www.blacksheepcheese.com/index.html

Love the Hudson Valley. Been to NYC twice, and I'm all set. Too busy, too noisy, etc. But I'm glad I went.

Posted by: Patti M. at April 22, 2004 5:25 PM

Actually, I answered it three time but James was kind enough to shield my shame.

Yes, I mean the city people. (The ones who can't drive automobiles) The Upstaters stay home and look ath their own leaves.

I agree about the Hudson Valley, it is beautiful. And a visit to Cooperstown is always recommended.

Posted by: Steve at April 23, 2004 9:27 AM

See, I was disappointed by Cooperstown. While the HOF is great, Cooperstown itself, well...there's no there there. I had hopes of a nice dinner somewhere, after all that driving, and we barely managed a pizza.

I have long thought that the Baseball Hall of Fame should be located in a more easily accessible place, and my visit to Cooperstown proved my point. Though with it being located in Cooperstown, one does feel like one is making a pilgrimage.

Posted by: Patti M. at April 23, 2004 10:33 AM

Hey...
I'm from Fairfield County and I take pride in being a part of NE!

Posted by: RL at September 22, 2004 9:33 AM

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