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PAGE 8 -- The P~kins Jourmd Thursday, March 9, 1989 News and Viewsof the Cimarron Valley I I I II _ I I I I I I 9 #l Perkins, Payne County. Oklabon~* - USPS 4.8,,,10 Natural ,=]~anetrabl~ I am never careful ::::~here I walk, so I always return "/~ome with new pulls in my clothes :'.:', ~d scratches on my arms and legs, ,~,i~1 indications of my battles with 'i: ~reenbrier, and a possible battle ,:: ,With Judith ff I have ruined a good :/l~air of pants! ',:;".: I thought there was just one kind Way II Greenbrier All Greenbriers are woody vines that climb by tendrils. Tendrils are a curled portion of a stem or leaf he weather was beautiful that is designed to wrap around over the weekend and I took another object. Greenbriers use the a few minutes to walk in the tendrils to climb up tress, fences woods. The browns and reds of and buildings or sprawl over low ~inter were beautiful in the sun- ' ~.~ine and the only green I saw was trees and bushes. Some Grecnbriers ii'~fi scattered patches of gresnbrier, have been found that had climbed over 30 feet high in trees. 7 Many of you may not know green- Even in winter, the stems of ~ier by name, but it is definitely a , Greenbrier are sometimes green. /phnt many of you have experienced There are many branches coming i ~hile walking in Oklahoma woods. .~reenbrier or catbrier clings, hangs off the stems that form a dense en- tanglernent which is excellent cover and grabs onto clothing and skin for small mammals and birds. A lot ~d its unpleasant brambles make of Oklahoma birds, especially the large areas of some woods in- Brown Thrasher, build their nests :':Of gresnbrier in Oklahoma, but :: ,there are actually 6 different species ::in the state. Oklahoma has the out to pick wild grapes and instead picked wild Greenbrier berries. Our neighbors got a good laugh and we learned the difference between grapes and Greenbrier berries! I would imagine that some of the in these tangles of vines. The thick regular readers of this column are mass of vines and leaves also break saying "I bet he will tell us how to eat Greenbriers next!" I don't want the erosion action of rain and pre- to disappoint any readers, and yes, vent evaporation from the soil. Sometimes the only winter green some parts of Greenbriers are good in an Oklahoma forest comes from to eat. Starting in the spring and the green leaves of Greenbrier. continuing into fall, the climbing Greenbriers in some Oklahoma ends of Greenbrier tendrils form a forests lose their leaves in winter, fat, fleshy stem which snaps off easily. These stems are said to be while others retain their green leaves. Gresnbrier leaves are easy an excellent vegetable, served raw, to identify because they are usual- boiled or in casseroles, and taste a ly heart-shaped {sometimes des- lot like asparagus. The roots can be dug in late fall crihad as egg-shaped or fiddle and throughout the winter. They shaped with a pointed tip and 1 to 5 inches long. Sometimes there are can then be cleaned, dried, cut-up, light blotches on the leaves, pounded and sifted to make a flour. I have never seen Gresnbrier The flour has been used in baking, flowers. They are relatively in- to make a jelly and even a drink conspicuous and appear in mid- with water and honey. May. The fruits are a glossy blue I don't think writing this week's berry borne in a cluster at the tip column will increase my apprecia- fo the stem and mature in Septem- tion of Greenbrier, but it goes to bet through N~)vember. I remember prove that in the case of Greenbrier when we first came to Oklahoma "You can't judge a plant by its that our neighbor told us it was spines!" time to pick wild grapes. We went -o- :(~reenbrier, Saw Greenbrier, Cat i::Greenbrier, Laural-leaved or i '.~ lasphemevine Gresnbrier, Corn- ~on or Low Greenbrier {some call , ~his the Bullbrier) and Bristly or :, ,China-root Gresnbrier. Payne Coun- ii :~, has 3 of the 6, the Saw Gresn- ;i~ier, Common Greenbrier and ~ iBristly Greenbrier. ',: ,::::When I think of Greenbriers, I ::f~rst think of all the branches ' ~med with hooked spines. These :~pines, when tangled in your :c~othes, are almost impossible to !:)~move without getting wounded. \ I : fN~|~H~|~||~|~|~|~|~u~H~|||~|~|~|~||~|~H~HHM~|~|~|~|~||l||~|~|~|~||~|~HL~. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIUIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII[ ,: ::: 0URNAL FOOD CORNER .... can make de] i Some leftovers are viewed by CASSEROLE OF HAM with disdain, and others AND RICE are welcomed heartily. However, :bow they are accepted is up to the (Serves 6) preparing these dishes that 2 cups finely chopped ham (or ontain leftover food. lamb) 2 cups steamed rice ; ,Clever tricks can be applied to Salt and pepper tover potatoes as well as Celery salt " dishes ' Here's a nice Sunday night sup- suggestion using old favorites ham and eggs, tastefully com- CREAMED CHICKEN SUPREME (Serves 6) :~ined with a gloriously colored 1 cups cooked chicken or i?L omato aspic, turkey, cut in strips TOMATO MOLD WITH Vs pound fresh mushrooms, HAM DEVILED EGGS pepper. Add stiffly beaten egg whites and blend. Drop by tea- spoonfuls on hot greased frying pan and brown. Serve with jam or jelly. W hat to do with leftover pieces of cake? Try this marmalade pud- ding. Throw in the crumbs too! yegetables; and there's a dozen lifferent appealing ways to work Onion juice Y=leftover cake and puddings into 2 tablespoons lemon juice ' ielicious desserts for second day cup bread crumbs You know them. Maybe they 1 egg, slightly beaten {Serves 6) ehre a little old fashioned, but also Hot water or stock 1 cups dry cake crumbs 7 elicious. Things like bread pud- Line buttered mold with rice.1% cups scalded milk .'=fling, rice pudding, and custard, Season meat to taste with salt, cup sugar to name a fe . pepper, celery salt, onion juice 2 eggs, slighty beaten Your job is change the and lemon juice. Add cracker 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 riginal dish to such an extent crumbs to slightly beaten egg and cup orange marmalade - they will really think it 's a ffesh, enough hot water or stock to teaspoon nutmeg - - moisten the meat. Fill center of Soak cake crumbs in hot milk; :$ ew idea Garnish leftover plat- : ers carefully so that when they mold and cover with remainingwhen cool, add remaining ingre- : nake their first appearance they rice. Cover with alumnium foil dients and place in a buttered ; ill be a hit before they are even end steam for 45 minutes. Serve baking disl Set in a pan of hot asted. with green pea sauce, water and bake in a moderate (350 degree) oven for 45 minutes. Serve hot with orange sauce or plain cream. (Serves 6) art 1) hard-boiled eggs tablespoon mayonnaise or sour sauteed in butter cup cooked spaghetti 1 cup white sauce cup grated American cheese cup buttered bread crumbs Put chicken, mushrooms, spaghetti and white sauce layer by layer into a buttered casserole. Sprinkle with cheese and crumbs and bake in a hot (400 degree) oven until top is browned, about 15 minutea AU GRATIN POTATOES (Serves 4 to 6) 2 cups cold boiled or baked potatoes, cubed 1 cup white sauce 1 cup grated American cheese Add cheese to white sauce while still warm, then mix in the potatoes. Place in a shallow, but- tered baking dish and bake until cream itablespoons deviled or chopped ham ==Cut hard-boiled eggs in half osswise and remove yolks. lend yo.lks with sour cream or ayonna se and ham. Refill hites. ~'%; art 2) envelope plain, unflavored gelatin cup cold water cups tomato juice teaspoon salt teaspoons sugar teaspoon grated onion N. Soften gelatin in cold water. ix tomato juice, salt, sugar and the top is browned in a moderate and simmer for 10 minutes, oven. : issolve softened gelatin in hot li- " " " " aid. Cool. Into each mold place Does it seem like you always deviled egg and pour tomato have just a dab of corn left over over each_ Chill until firm. in the dish? This cipe makes a : nmold on salad greens and big hit with Dad and the boya rve with mayonnaise CORN OYSTERS ither left over ham or lamb (Serves 6) be used in the following 2 cups corn pulp serole made with rice It's an 2 eggs, separated ey-to, prepare dish, but one that 4 crackers, crumbled exceedingly appetizing for one teaspoon salt the nippy nights when ap- teaspoon pepper ites are hearty. To corn pulp, add beaten egg ' yolks, cracker crumbs, salt and MARMALADE CAKE PUDDING A couple of the recipes above mention white sauce. For those of you who might be beginning cooks, here is a simple recipe for white sauce. White Sauce is a must in preparing vegetables, lef- tovers and stretching foods. Re- member to heat the milk before adding to flour and butter, base. This guarantees success even though it requires a second pot that must be washe& WHITE SAUCE 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons flour 1 cup milk, heated Salt Freshly ground pepper Melt the butter in a heavy- bottomed saucepan. Stir in the flour -nd cook, stirring constant- ly, until the paste cooks and bub- bles a bit, but don't let it brown--about 2 minutes. Add the hot milk, continuing to stir as the sauce thickens. Bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper to taste, lower the heat, andcook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes more. Remove from the heat. I f there is no gravy from left- over roast for casseroles, you can always make a white sauce, add a chicken or beef bouillon cube to it and use this as gravy. Potatoes are always a good ex- tender for meat in hash. Use onion as one of the seasonings if ybu want something truly delic- ious. Serve the hash with fried eggs if the hash seems a little skimpy. II M. I. Club Has March Meeting In One-Room School The Mutual Improvement Club held their March meeting at the Pleasant Valley School, Thursday, March 2, 1989 with Inez Barnes and Ellen Dickson as hostesses. The group toured the school and looked at a scrapbook of the school's history prepared by Edna Jungers. Ellen read the 1915 Rules For Teachera and members shared many memories of their school ex- periences both as teachers and as students. Ellen introduced Ed Glover, secretary-treasurer of the Pleasant Valley Foundation and a former student of the school. Mr. Glover shared memories of his childhood and his experiences as a student of the school. The school was also used for religious services and as a community center with strong fam- ily ties. He shared slides made from old school photographs. Mr. Glover stressed that a strong family life was the center of an eajoyable childhood. Gary Oberlander, professor of Civil Engineering at OSU and chairman of the restoration com- mittee showed several slides of the restoration. He also showed slides and explained the 4th Grade visits to the school. They were provided with a one-day curriculum of the time period. They dress in the clothes of the time and bring their lunches in a gallon bucket. The children who have visited enjoyed the spelling bee, the outhouses, the games and the lunches as the most memorable part of their day in a one-room school house. Hostesses Inez and Ellen served bottled Cokes, apple cider, a basket of cupcakes, crackers and candies and a souvenir pencil to members, Carol Acuff, Fern Downey, Anna Marie Evans, Yvonne Evans, Irene" H ardin, Florence Holbrook, Juanita Holsinger, Ella B. McCarty, Joan McDaniel, Pat Niles, Virginia Sasser and Judy Spillars, and one guest, Oliver Hardin. The next meeting will be the An- nual Guest Night in the home of Fern Downey, with Florence Holbrook and Irene Hardin as co- hostesses. -O- Olivet EH Club Meets in Behring Home The Olivet Extension Home- makers Group held their February 21 meeting in the home of Arlene Behring with nine members present. President Arlene called the meeti6g to order, the flag salute was given, minutes of last meeting were read by secretary Beulah Cox. Roll call was answered by 'TChy do you volunteer?" A discussion on teddy bears being donated to the Payne County police department for distribution to children for com- fort that have been in an accident or abuse The club voted to douate two bears for the purpose. The lesson was given by Arlene Behril~ on how to become a more effective volunteer and teacher. The meeting was adjourned. Re- freshments were served by hostess Arlene Behring to Edna Close, Beulah Cox, Jerry Cox, Charlotte Corn, Carol Jarvis, Peggy Lawyer, Rebena Reeves, and Patsy Wilson. The next meeting will be in the home of Jerry Cox on March 21, 1989. January's meeting was held in the home of Peggy Lawyer with a luncheon being served. -o- NORFOLK SCHOOL BURNS YALE - The 64-year-old Nor- folk school building, 4 miles south of Yale, burned early February 26. The building was vacant. t THINKING IT OVER Spring by Zola Sample This morning when I opened ~7 kitchen door with Brenda harnessed for her early morning walk, first time in a long time, my old crow called from the tall hackberry tree across the street. He screamed out, fairly say- ing, '~vVhere have you been all these past weeks?" I was happy to know that he had missed me. With the sky a gun- metal steel, I proceeded along Choc- taw Street on my old accustomed stroll for a block. The air was crisp and cool forty degrees, the news had just reported. Not a bad morn- ing, no mist falling or rain in all the atmosphere. A glorious morning in Oklahoma this time of year. It lifted my spirits. No business place was open yet, as it was early. Two places, a fried chicken house and a sirloin steak house, are remodeling and have changed ownership. I know they must be hoping to do a good business. The street is clogged with eating places but all seem to be doing great from the crowds. Folk say it is cheaper to eat out than to cook and prepare their own meals. How the world has changed from my day when com- pany came to visit. However, that is what makes the world go around, for good business they say. HOW DID I GET ON THIS SUBJECT? It is garden making time here in Oklahoma. Time to plant potatoes long past which us- ed to be for me, February 14th, regardless of snow or ice on the ground. Mrs. Lawings across the street from me, would wrap up, take her cut spud pieces with plen- ty of eyes in her apron, shovel in hand and deposit her seed in the ground. She always had small new potatoes to cook with her early English peas. We were great gardeners, she and I. Now no one on the whole block and up the street makes gardens. I guess they plan to eat out. The plots of garden places have 'been turned back to grass, weeds, city clutter. Many folks are too old to exert themselves. Some have passed on to their resting places and others are looking forward to it. No wonder flocks of birds fly Shelia Grimm Shelia Grimm To Marry March 16 Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Grimm of Tryon and Mr. and Mrs. Tom McFarlin of Agra happily announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their children, Shelia Marie Grimm and Larry Oene McFarlin. The wedding wilt be an event of March 16, 1989 at Oilton Christ Fellowship Church at 7:30 p.n~ All friends are invited to attend. Shelia and Larry are both g aduates of Agra High School and ar, both employed at National Sta3dard in Stillwater. She works in sifipping and Larry is a guard. They will make their home in Oilton following a wedding trip that will be a 12 iay tour of the Holy Land in Israel. -O" RAISES 102 PERCENT PERRY - The YMCA drive here went over the top with the announcement that $45,771 has been raised. This is 102 percent of the goal. -O" Announce Birth of Son Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Custar of Perkins are happy to announce the birth of a son, Daniel Scott, at the Stillwater Medical Center on February 23, 1989. He weighed nine pounds He was welcomed home by two big sisters, Melinda, 6, and Heather, 3. Maternal grandparents are Mary and Cecil Reid of Edmou& Paternal grandparents are Paul and Thelma Custar of Okenmk Maternal great-grandmother is Frances Walker of Norman and paternal gr at-grendmother is Ger- trude Glasco of Okemak Sprung overhead and pass us by, one lonely crow misses following about spade and turn the sell him worms or corn to follow up and steal. move out or migrate to ritory. He may be too Seed catalogues from nurseries have been mail boxes. I have not Henry the first year, so I its bright colored tables and fruits that urged folk to order. when a young the Fields family in Iowa, when she lived munity daily talks. She loved family and out her order her seeds to plant. a good garden. Pa saw barnyard manure was plot was well cared for enjoyed the early pea spinach, lettuce All' ate from our garden: rhubard, horseradish, winter onions and gus, that came up was highly relished. Spring was a time looked forward to. They the woods round about sprouts and early roots to make a tea to thin their later health, etc. how to search for plants for a tasty or sauce. They made sions in ing streams for plants was a great time to get roam the woods after of shutin weather. ches were located and pers were prepared not Indians, but also whites, and scrambled eggs made eating. Such was the life in try when mothers and planned their own ment the change came to which became a great mothers and entire and Larry McFarlin American Legion Meets in Wassell The Frank E. Us the Tuesday, February 28, in of Ruth Wassell. brought to order by Barne The colors were by acting sergeant Emmous. A prayer by Lorayne Hughes was all giving the flag preamble to the Auxiliary was recited in Roll call was answered | a gift for our of the previous by Secretar~ report. The group voted Kamichia Darby as Gifts State. Alternate Frazier. A prayer for peace by was followed by ors by Virginia. Barnes adjourned the A program by Pat to England was Pictures of a mind the difference beautiful sanitary things we take for freezers, good Delicious coffee, tea, nuts and served by hostess Ruby Gearlmrt, Pat Nil Emmons, Edna Eyler, and Lorayne Hubhes. The next meeting will ! thday dinner March 28 the Liens Den. -O-