Tahlequah Daily Press

Local News

December 4, 2012

Sugar, spice and everything nice

TAHLEQUAH — Thanksgiving is a distant memory, and area bakers and cooks are gearing up for a second round in the kitchen.

Many will break out time-honored traditional recipes for cookies and candies and snacks, while others will seek to start new traditions.

Longtime Tahlequah resident Isabel Baker believes in carrying on family tradition, and always has two staples on her “goodies” menu.

“At Christmas, every year, I have to make two things for sure: New Orleans pralines - made with buttermilk, not brown sugar. They always go fast, [and] the other is oatmeal crispies cookies. Both recipes are over 50 years old.”

Dianne Barker-Harrold, attorney for the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council, began a “bake-off” tradition, which is now carried on by her daughters and grandchildren.

“When our girls were growing up, Patty Kaufman and I always had a Christmas bake-off,” said Barker-Harrold. “We would get together with our girls and make fudge, cookies, and all kinds of Christmas goodies. We would try to find new recipes and unique and creative cookie decorations.”

Some of Barker-Harrold’s family favorites include pumpkin and poppy seed breads, for which she has a “secret ingredient recipe,” as well as some savory items.

“Another favorite is fudge an homemade bonbons, a cheese log rolled in black pepper, and I still use Patty’s cheese ball recipe,” said Barker-Harrold. “Over the years, my youngest daughter and her friends and some of the grandkids got together and also make gingerbread houses.”

Staff members at the Daily Press, as well as county and city employees, are annual recipients of goody platters from Rep. Mike Brown and his wife, Tammy, which include a variety of sweet treats.

“With the warm weather, it’s been hard to think about what I’m going to make this year, but I’m sure I’ll do fudge and bonbons, which are two of my favorites,” said Brown. “I don’t really get started until the middle of month.”

Brown prepares anywhere from 25 to 30 platters, which her husband delivers.

“I always experiment,” said Brown. “Sometimes, I’ll do English toffee, and I like to try new things. I don’t do any of this for my family; we send it all out to other people. I love to cook and bake, and this is a nice way to let people know we appreciate them.”

Patti Gulager makes a wide variety of goodies, ranging from sweet to savory.

“I am making peanut patties, fudge, Hello Dollies, Mounds and chocolate-covered pretzels,” said Gulager. “I usually do Puppy Chow and Chex mix, too. Last year, my sister, Penni, and I did it together. We had a lot of fun.”

Local resident, gardener and foodie Pam Moore takes care of holiday food gifts during the late summer and fall, making hot and sweet jalapeño relish and garden relish.

“I also did peach jam this year; the peaches were really good,” said Moore. “Oh, and for goodies – this year, I am planning on cookie plates for friends at work. There is a recipe on Pinterest for cookies from cake mix and Cool Whip. I made these some years back and they were really tasty.”

Lisa Snell, local resident and publisher of Native American Times, makes cookies for her father as a gift every year.

“I always take my dad a batch of snickerdoodles,” said Snell. “He’s at that age – 80 – where he has all the stuff he’ll ever need or want. So, his favorite cookies are a nice treat he can enjoy for several days with his coffee, and there’s nothing left sitting around for mom to dust.”

Northeastern State University Associate Professor of Accounting Dr. John Yeutter puts his own spin on Chex mix.

“I make my version of Chex mix - Purina people chow – with frosted mini-wheats, along with the standard [General Mills] cereals,” said Yeutter. “The mix of sweet and salty is better than the original.”

 

To see the complete version of this article, subscribe to the Daily Press e-edition by following the link below.

Click here to get the entire Tahlequah Daily Press delivered every day to your home or office.

Click here to get a free trial or to subscribe to the Tahlequah Daily Press electronic edition. It's the ENTIRE newspaper (without the paper) for your computer, iPad or e-reader.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • ts-NSU-MAIN.jpg Fledgling RiverHawks arrive

    Over 200 incoming freshmen took part in orientation class at Northeastern State University

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • svw-TCP-jump.jpg Tahlequah Community Playhouse revving up for new season

    Tahlequah Community Playhouse is kicking of its 41st season with a nod to friendship and aging.
    TCP finished auditions for its first play of the season, “The Dixie Swim Club,” on Tuesday.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Infant mortality dropping in county

    When a mom-to-be is expecting a healthy, happy baby, every week of pregnancy is crucial.
    Short gestation, or premature births, is a leading cause of infant mortality. Any child born before reaching 37 weeks of gestation is considered premature.

    July 23, 2014

  • Board considers combining tourism, chamber positions

    Members of the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the local Tourism Council are discussing the possibility of combining two jobs into one.
    Chamber President Steve Turner encouraged board members Tuesday morning to be prepared next month to decide how it will begin a search for a new executive director.

    July 23, 2014

  • New chamber board members nominated

    Three new board members will likely be installed during the regular August meeting of the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce.

    July 23, 2014

  • ts-camp-cherokee-main.jpg Camp Cherokee

    About 500 area youth attending popular camp for tribal citizens.

    In reality, two camps are taking place at the Camp Heart ‘o the Hills: a day camp for children in first through sixth grades, and a residential camp for those in middle and high school.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • leatherman-chad.jpg Man gets 20 years for robbing local Walgreens store

    A Tahlequah man accused of robbing a local Walgreens this year has received a 20-year sentence.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • svw-orphan-train.jpg ‘Orphan Train’ authors visit Tahlequah

    Imagine, for a moment, being a child whose parents could not care for him, and the only alternative was to ride the rails across the country, hoping to find a new family and home.
    For local resident Peggy Kaney’s grandfather, this scenario was a reality.
    Alison Moore and Phil Lancaster shared the stories of over 200,000 children taken from New York City and then given away to families in western states from 1854 to 1929, at the Tahlequah Public Library on July 17.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • City council gives family deadline to rehab property

    Tahlequah’s city council is giving a family with local ties a little more than a month to develop and submit rehabilitation plans for two pieces of property containing six dilapidated structures in the 400 block of Lee Street.
    Members of the city’s abatement board recommended the homes be demolished, according to Tahlequah Building Inspector Mark Secratt. City officials then sent a certified notice as required by law, but the letter was returned.

    July 22, 2014

  • Man ‘howling like dog,’ arrested for APC

    When a Kentucky man pulled into an area convenience store over the weekend and began “barking and howling like a dog,” sheriff’s deputies checked on him and eventually hauled him to jail on alcohol-related charges, an arrest report shows.

    July 22, 2014

Poll

Do you believe school administrators and college presidents in Oklahoma are paid too much?

Strongly agree.
Somewhat agree.
Somewhat disagree.
Strongly disagree.
Undecided.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion
Stocks