The Tipton Daily Tribune from Tipton, Indiana on December 23, 1970 · Page 11
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WKDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1970 COOKING By JEANNE LESEM 'NEW YOKk (I'l'l) - Christmas means cookies, whether vim hake tEn- in at home, huy them Or wait impatiently, as I did in childhood, for.packages to arrive from my.aunts, tin' (takers: Thev weren't professional" bakers, but I was sure thev could have been if they'd wanted to. The cookies they sent each Christinas lasted belter to me than anything inou< : y could huv. There were spicv, roeklike pfeffe rnusse, honeyed lebkuchen and patleernd. anise-flavored springerle, all a heritage from mv Herman grandmother. Hut mv real favorite was a truit and nut bar cookie we called (line's Chrislmas cookies, the possessive being Aunt Lena's nickname; \s the years have passed, I've learned about many different knul- of cookies traditional for Christmas around ihe world. A few are 'bakery specialties but most ar<' well wilhin the skill- ol the average home cook. Nuts, fruits and spice? play a large role in nianv of them. 'following recipe-, are from "Visions of Sugarplums'" bv Mimi Sheraton (Haudorii House, I'Ktii). Brandy Snaps Kngli.-h hraiidv snap- originally were made on a griddle. This rc.ipe call- for baking. I'csifl 1-1 /2 cups of sifted flour willi a pinch ol -all. 2 teaspoon:- of powdered ginger and I i-ea-poon ol ground nutmeg. Combine .'t/4 cup of sweet iin- Valted biillcr. melli-d. with I cup- of brown sugar, firmly packed. 1/2 cup of dark molasses and 2 tablespoons of brandy . Stir liipiid into dr\ ingredients. Drop byteas|toonfuls onlo li^htlv bnllered cookie sheet, leaving 2 -1 /2 inches between cookie-. Hake in preheated •'!<)(t-degrce oven 1 (1 to l."> minutes. C<iol onlv (inlil cookie- can be bundled, then roll each warm cookie around a wooden mixing s[toon handle to. lorm - "cigarels.'' II cookies harden before you can roll them, re- IUMI in slow oven. Cool completely before storing iii airtight container. Makes about-Ilk Wrealh-shaped cookies Denmark".- vauillckraiiMT and Ccrmany's berlinerkranzen are bullerv' wreath-shaped cookies containing ground almonds. Cream 1-1/2 cup- of sweet (unsalled) butler with.2 <up- of sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in 2 eggs, lightly beaten: add 12 cup ol ground unhlauchcd almonds and I teaspoon -of .vanilla and stir well. Cradually add .'{-1 /2 cups of silted flour, stirring well alter each addition. Cut dough in pastrv hag or cookie press ami pres.- onto Imllered and floured baking 'sheets in wreath shapes., eaclh about 2 inches in diameter, l .-e 'a lube thai will give a fluted, ropelikc pattern or roll dough into. b-iiicli-long ropelike strips, twist into rope pattern and I or 111 wreaths. Bake in [ire-heated .'l ^Tt -degrce oven 2 (1 to 2"> minutes. ' or until light golden brown. Makes about Ilk Rolled' cookies lliiK- - cavalucci di Siena are rolled rookies that can he baked plain or printed with springerle molds. Combine I-.')/•! cup ol sugar with 1/2 cup ol water in a heavy-hotloined saucepan. Ilnng to boil and rook rapidly without stirring until mixture lonn- a thread when spoon is lifted from it, or until it reaches 2 -!0 degrees on candy thermometer. Ouicklv fold in \J'.i cup ol 1 1 r i• • I \ mimed candied orange peel. | heaping tablespoon ol. anise seeds, crushed. I tca-poon of ciiinaiiuiu, 1 /2 cup of ground walnuts and about 2-.i/l cups of flour, or enough to make- a -inootli dough. Turn onto a lightly floured board. When mixture is cool enough to handle, knead until smoothly blended adding more Hour onlv if necessary. Moll to l/l to I 2-iui li thickeness and cut into, ovals about I-.1/l-inchcs long and I -1/1 inches wide, or stamp design with molds and i lit" cookie.- aparl. Bake on buttered, I loured cookie sheets in healed 2-. i-de^ree oven prel sluiiil tiehC about 10 -f >0 minute; (.ookics he clrv • utainer. hill- pale. Makes 1 and moist in .7 dozen. the center. Store in air- Legend, Lore Of Holiday Tokos Varied Forms The belief that Santa has a reindeer-drawn sleigh and enters homes through the chimney may have come from Scandinavia. An old Norse legend about the goddess Hertha said that she rode on a reindeer's back. Her appearance in the fireplace in mid-winter was thought to bring good luck to the home. "Silent Night. HolyNight" was written in 1818 by a.vil­ lage priest in Hallefn, Austria. Father Joseph Mohr wrote the words, to an accompaniment created by his organist, Finns' Gruber. Legend has it that the' church organ was out of order — damaged by mice — and so "Silent Night" was first sung to a guitar accompaniment. * *..*.' Who invented that popular holiday beverage, eggnog? It has been part of the festivities for so many years that nobody really knows its origin: One possibility is that egg. nog came from the Old English _hot drink, sack-posset, which was also made of eggs, milk, nutmeg and sugar. * * * Among the earliest Christ-, mas tree ornaments were some that resembled the sun, stars and moon, or animals. Using signs of nature as . decorations can be traced back to the feasts of the winter equinox, when sun-worshipping pagans hung similar trinkets on trees. * * * "The cattle were lowing," says the carol, "Away in. a • Manger," and Nativity paintings often show the animals of the manger. Appropriately, tradition says that cattle and other domestic animals should have a special feast on Christmas Eve. It's legendary, too, that cattle are given the power of speech for a few moments at this time. * * * Mistletoe, said to hold a license for kissing, was renowned in ancient times for many mystical powers. Because of its pagan associations, it was long forbidden in churches. A German legend held that, if a sprig of mistletoe was carried into an old house, the ghosts of the house would appear and answer questions. THE TIPTON (INDIANA) DAILY TRIBUNE Tip To Males SHE'D LOVE TO RECEIVE IT BUT WON'T R.UY IT A woman's explanation of the type- of ejifi- she would love to have but wouldn't buy for herself, may.seem r.tiher illogical to a man but it is typical'of feminine rea-uninc.. . She will say " I would spend Slit) on .i sweater hut not mi a wallet. 1 would spend Sod on a dress, hut-nut on a sweater. Yet, I would love to have a $">() cashmere sweater." What it ail hoils down to is practicality.-" The average woman will buy somethinu for her-vlf that appear-to be the most for her money. Although she may-wish to own something' frivolous and extravagant, usually -he will not buy it. So, men, all you have to do'is figure out just what she'is secretly longing for for I'hri'stmas. . Page 5 Safety first in toys for Christmas ClllCVCti (ITI) Chrisl­ mas is coining. For man), that means the lime to think about toys. ll slarls now. Tin- National Safely-Council advises, parents to avoid the chaos ami depleted stocks of the Christmas rush and start shopping early for children's toy.-. Early shopping, the CRANBERRY CONFETTI MOLD Planning a festive luncheon -or supper for after the game' -'Cranberry confetti mold garnished with sugared fresh cranberries is the perfect answer. CRANBERRY CONFETTI ' MOLD (Makes 8 to 10 servings) 2 cups cranberries cup sugar :I i cup water 2 tablespoons 12 envelopes) unflavoretl gelatin -:i cup tl small can) undiluted evaporated milk 3 cups sieved cottage cheese 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon salt 1 i cup minced onion or scallions '4 cup minced, parsley . 1 cup heavy cream, whipped Combine cranberries, sugar and !i cup water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Combine gelatin and remaining 'A cup water; let stand for 5 minutes. Add to hot cranberries, and stir until gelatin is dissolved. Gradually beat evaporated milk into cottage cheese. Add lemon juice, salt, onion, parsley and cranberry mixture. Mix well and chill until mixture begins to set. Fold in whipped cream. Spoon mixture into l'i quart mold. Chill until firm. Unmold and serve. council said, allows parents to search out the dangers - some of them hidden - that make it a difficult task to choose a side toy. I'nhurried consideration can help parents avoid "playthings" thai can bring tragedy into; iheir homes because of faulty design or manufacture, improper labeling,, unclear instruction.- or misleading adverlise- mciits. the Council said. The I'nitcd Stales Public Health Service has estimated that !»>> injure TOO.tHHI children every \ear. This docs mil include those injured using backyard plav equipment. The National Society lor ihe Prevention ol liliiiduess said nianv thousand.- of children are treated annually for eve injuries cua.-ed b\ operating tovs. The Child I'rotcclion and' Toy Safely \cl of I'M)') au- ihori/e ihe Federal I'ood ami Drug Vdministraliou to ban from Ihe 'market children's pro- duels louud to involve hazards from sharp protruding edges, fragmentation, explosion, suf- locatioii. asphyxiation, electrical slunk, excessive heal un- extinguishahle fires. The sale of lovs lhal are poisonous, or radioactive, and those lhal cau.-e rashes, had previously been' prohibited. Kill despite, the lieu' legislation, and the work by nianv toy manulaclurers lo improve the safely of their product-, dangerous toys are still on ihe market. So, until the day comes when all toys must meet high safely standards, (lie National Salely Council offers these guidelines lo toy-shopping parents and relatives: —(Generally, go by a^e. matching the complexity of the toy with the maturity of the child. Toys for non-readcr- sliould be carefully screened by iiarenls. -Know the capabilities of the child Tor whom the toy is intended, but remember that the toy may full into the hands of a more impulsive younger brother or sister who can't read warnings or instructions. -I'ricc can he a helpful guide, but this means eom[>ara- livc price. Obviously, an inexpensive rubber hall can he sab-, but a loy automobile' could be another matter. The more expensive item might have rolled metal edges and .secure attachment of parts well worth the high price." Itul since comparison shopping lor toys is impractical, a sound approach is to patronize established stores with a reputation lor ipiality merchandise. -Carefully . inspect loys be lore purchase lor culling piercing and other hazards, keeping in mind thai the device is likely to be abused in use Select toys lhal are as failsafe a- |M >.-sihle to young, impulsive children who are prone lo lake risks and unable | ( > read caiislions. —Advice wcll-miaiiiiig relatives- and gill bearing friends that they should not buy on impulse hut consider the salelv aspects ol Ihe loys they give your children. -finally, be prepared lo supervise ihe play activities of your children, especially . if thev arc using cooking and mclling-mohliug electrical toys slingshots. boomerang ami disk-throwing items lhal re- iptirc some skill and 'practice. Sing His praises joyfully for it is Christmastime! Reverently, we reflect upon the wonder of that first Holy night as we share the hope of the season with our many friends and neighbors. Good will to all men is in our hearts; with special good wishes and warm gratitude to our valued patrons. Tipton Building and Loan

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