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Monday, October 15, 2012

Marco Polo (Sept 15, 1254-Jan 8, 1324)

A month ago, the anniversary of Marco Polo's birth (September 15, 1254) in Venice was noted.  Today (October 15) is the birthday of a person who is a great bakery/dessert chief.  She excels at everything she does.  Polo is probably the most famous Westerner traveler on the Silk Road. He excelled all the other travelers in his determination and resolve. 
Marco Polo is said to have brought back coconuts and spices such as nutmeg and cloves.  This recipe for Marco Polo Bars, developed by the great bakery/dessert chief (here after known as GBDC) incorporates some of the flavors Polo brought back: coconut, nutmeg, cloves.

Read a book or two --  
•  Who Was Marco Polo? by Joan Holub, John O'Brien and Nancy Harrison (2007) 
•  Adventures of Marco Polo by Russell Freedman and Bagram Ibatouline (2006)
•  Marco Polo for Kids: His Marvelous Journey to China, 21 Activities by Janis Herbert (2001)
•  Marco Polo by Demi (2008)
•  Famous Men of the Middle Ages by John H. Haaren and A.B. Poland (2009)
•  World History Biographies: Marco Polo: The Boy Who Traveled the Medieval World (National Geographic World History Biographies) by Nick McCarty (2008)
•  In the Footsteps of Marco Polo starring Denis Belliveau and Francis O Donnell (2012) - DVD

Happy Birthday --  GBDC

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