Chris Nottingham, of Nottingham’s Southside Drive-In, could very well be considered an ice cream guru.
Nottingham is constantly trying out new combinations to serve customers, the latest being a deep-fried brownie fudge sundae.
“I came up with this one in a dream,” said Nottingham. “My dad ordered brownie balls for frying, and I thought, ‘Hey, that would go great with ice cream and hot fudge.’”
For those who love ice cream, the finished product is a thing of beauty. It includes swirls of vanilla soft-serve ice cream, topped with hot fudge, dotted with deep-fried brownies, then finished with whipped cream, Krunch Kote sprinkles and a few cherries, just for good measure.
“We just started making these,” said Nottingham. “I think it will be really popular. I’m always coming up with new things. If people can dream it, I can make it when it comes to ice cream.”
Although temperatures locally have been cooler than normal, July is one of the best times to enjoy frozen treats – including ice cream, gelato and frozen yogurt.
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90 percent of the nation’s population. In the proclamation, Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”
The Twig, downtown in the North End Entertainment District, offers ice cream enthusiasts a new twist: gelato.
According to clerk Lauren Hall, gelato is the Italian term for ice cream.
“But it’s made without air, to give it a more dense consistency,” said Hall. “The gelato we serve is made with all-natural ingredients. It’s also made with more milk and less cream, which means fewer calories and less fat.”
Twig Manager Ken Smith said the shop carries about 18 different gelato flavors at any given time.
“Our flavor varieties change fairly regularly, so it’s always good to keep checking back to see what’s new,” said Smith. “A few of the newer flavors include sea salt and caramel, caramel cookie crunch and Sicilian pistachio.”
Smith indicated gelato has a richer flavor than regular ice cream, which may explain why The Twig only serves cones, cups and shakes.
“The gelato has been pretty well-received here in Tahlequah,” said Smith.
Other new gelato flavors include blood orange, Lisbon lemon and tiramisu.
Heather Winn, Cherokee County Extension Service educator in family and consumer sciences, said her family makes ice cream regularly in the summer.
“Butterfinger ice cream is my favorite flavor,” said Winn. “Now my son, Ross, he likes just plain old vanilla, but the rest of us love Butterfinger. It’s a recipe my mom used to make.”
While Winn remembers the hand-crank variety of home ice cream maker, she opts for a more modern version.
“We are electric all the way,” said Winn. “We just plug that baby in and let it go.”
Winn said the Extension service also has an after-school program that teaches kids to make their own ice cream.
“It used to be we’d make it in cans by shaking the ingredients,” said Winn. “But these days, we use plastic zipper bags. The kids toss the bags around and squish them and get ice cream.”
Most recipes for homemade ice cream call for eggs, but Winn said raw eggs pose a health hazard.
“There are recipes for ice cream that call for cooked eggs and a custard-type base, or you can buy pasteurized egg products. There are also recipes that require no eggs at all,” she said. “The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends using one of these recipes, rather than raw eggs.”
Those who may be counting calories may want to opt for frozen yogurt or frozen juice bars, said Winn.
“Frozen yogurt is a healthier choice,” said Winn. “I don’t make it at home, but when we go to Braum’s or something like that, I generally get frozen yogurt. Sherbets are also lower in calories than regular ice cream. People really have lots of options, including frozen juice bars or frozen yogurt bars.”
Local resident Bryan Shade is a traditionalist, preferring regular, hand-packed pints, quarts and half-gallons of ice cream to other frozen treats.
“Because ‘I scream, you scream, we all scream for gelato,’ just doesn’t cut it,” said Shade. “Every time I eat vanilla ice cream, it reminds me of back when I was a kid. We’d put the rock salt in the ice and wait for the half-and-half to thicken and freeze. It was a must for the Fourth of July.”
According to Marketline, the U.S. ice cream industry generated total revenues of $10 billion in 2010, with take-home ice cream sales representing the largest section of the market, generating revenues of $6.8 billion or 67.7 percent of the market’s overall value.
About 9 percent of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream, contributing significantly to the economic well-being of the nation’s dairy industry.
It’s National Ice Cream Month, and local residents are weighing on on their favorites.
Chris Nottingham, of Nottingham’s Southside Drive-In, could very well be considered an ice cream guru.
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A stitch in time
They may be seasoned sewing veterans, but local members of the Oklahoma Home and Community Education clubs learned a new stitching craft Monday morning.
Beth Corn led the class, and the objective was to create decorative items from strips of fabric and cotton clothesline cord. Corn and fellow OHCE member Ann Lamons had several completed items on display, including coasters, trivets, throw rugs and even baskets with lids.
“I learned how to do this just watching TV, but I found some instructions in a book and printed them out for everybody,” said Corn. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes while learning, but that’s part of the fun. Once you learn how to do this today, you’ll be able to branch out and use the technique for all kinds of things.”
The class was well-attended, with so many mem bers some attendees ended up having to share sewing machines.
Sheppard takes place of Tinnin on TPS board
Members of the Tahlequah Public Schools Board of Education reorganized, swore in a new member, and passed a further adjustment to the 2013-14 school calendar.
TPS has missed 13 days during the school year due to inclement weather, and classes will not be held on March 31 for a professional development day approved by the school board in the consent docket.
The district has invited teachers, parents and community leaders to attend the Oklahoma Education Coalition rally at the state capitol to demonstrate support for increased education funding.
Cherokee Nation touts minimum wage hike, credit rating upgrade
Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. made an appearance at Monday night’s tribal council meeting, as both Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief Joe Crittenden were out of town.
“As you know, it’s a very busy and crucial time at the state capitol this week,” said Hoskin. “As such, Chief Baker is in Oklahoma City tending to issues that relate to the tribe. Joe Crittenden in Washington, D.C., this week, attending the National Congress of the American Indian.”
Hoskin touted the recent executive order raising the tribe’s minimum wage, as well as news that the Cherokee Nation’s credit rating has been upgraded to triple B.
Greenwood Elementary’s fourth-grade robotics team headed to world competition with innovative project
When five Greenwood Elementary School fourth-graders volunteered to be part of a newly-forming robotics team this past October, they never dreamed that six months later, they’d be competing in a world championship tournament in Anaheim, Calif.
Bryson Page, Lyndsie Kinney, Rylee Jafrie, Ryan Mattox and Ashton Kinsey, along with two robotics teams from Tahlequah Middle School, fared well enough at VEX robotics team regional and state competitions to earn slots among 72 other teams competing for world recognition.
“Back in October, we received a donation for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum from the Cherokee Nation,” said Nikki Molloy, Greenwood parent liaison and robotics team coach. “The donation was a robotic kit, and each elementary site, along with TMS, received kits. The first time we gave the kids the kits, we just let them have at it.”
Seizure issues growing more controversial
Aside from the texts and the rights they enumerate, there are some stark contrasts between the Third and Fourth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.
Virtually no one disagrees about the Third Amendment. There are only rare instances of its being litigated, and it has never been the legal basis for a decision of the Supreme Court.
On the other hand, litigation and dissension over the Fourth Amendment is routine.
Education and consolidation topics at forum
State legislators enter the final week of bill hearings and committee meetings next week, and education and agency consolidation remain key concerns for local residents.
Friday morning, five area legislators made presentations and fielded questions from constituents during Legislative Focus at Go Ye Village. Lawmakers included Sen. Earl Garrison, D-Muskogee; Sen. Wayne Shaw, R-Grove; Rep. Will Fourkiller, D-Westville; Rep. Doug Cox, R-Grove; and Rep. Mike Brown, D-Tahlequah.
Plea deal arranged for ex-fire chief
A former Cherokee County volunteer fire chief has agreed to plead guilty to forgery and embezzlement charges in exchange for a suspended sentence and payment of restitution.
Third Thursday Art Walk
Shoppers will have a chance to visit downtown merchants in the evening during the Tahlequah Main Street Association’s first Third Thursday Art Walk and After Party on Thursday, March 20.
Participating downtown businesses will keep their doors open to offer specials until 8 p.m., and artists will display their work at different locations. Art exhibitors, including the Cherokee Art Center’s Spider Gallery, will stay open late.
Sex offender bill reaches House
By a unanimous 44-0 vote of the Oklahoma Senate, a bill that would make it more difficult for registered sex offenders to change their names has reached the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
Senate Bill 1421, authored by Kyle Loveless, Oklahoma City Republican, underwent its first reading in the House on Feb. 27.
Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault said he did not know of any instances, during his service with the department, of registered sex offenders evading detection with new names for any length of time.
SB 1497 may aid transparency
Government transparency advocates were pleased, and some were surprised, when a proposed bill designed to strengthen Oklahoma’s Open Meetings Act passed the Senate Judicial Committee recently.
Senate Bill 1497, by Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City, would allow citizens who are denied access to public meetings to bring civil lawsuits, and if the court rules in favor, to collect attorney’s fees. A continuing resolution has already been filed.
Should the legislation pass into law, it would become effective Nov. 1 this year.
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