The Baker County press. (Baker City, Ore.) 2014-current, December 08, 2017, Page 5, Image 5

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    FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2017
Christmasy recipes for you PD has an
3 large Golden
Delicious apples
peeled,cored, and
finely chopped
12 slices firm
white bread cut
into 1/2 “ pieces
(about 8 cups)
½ cup apple
1 teaspoon
poultry seasoning
1 large egg
Homemade Goodness
¼ cup apple
By Eileen Driver
3 tablespoons
I’ve always been a
1 can (14.5 oz) chicken
stickler for tradition.
Turkey for Thanksgiving
Preheat oven to 325 de-
and Christmas, Ham for
grees. Rub pork inside and
Easter, Corned Beef for St. out with 1 teaspoon salt
Patrick’s Day, etc. When
and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
others wanted to change
Place pork, rib ends
the traditional holiday
down, in a large roasting
meals I have always been
pan. Roast pork 1 hour.
the one to object.
Meanwhile, in 5-quart
This past year has
dutch oven, melt butter
brought a lot of changes
over medium heat. Add
to my life and I may have
celery and onion and cook,
got my seasonal clock
stirring often, about 10
messed up some, but I
have been doing a lot of
Add apples and cook 6
“spring cleaning” and that
to 8 minutes longer, until
included going through all
tender. Remove from heat,
my cookbooks. I have a lot stir in bread, apple juice,
of cookbooks!
poultry seasoning, egg, 1
So to make a long story
teaspoon salt and ¼ tea-
short, the perusal of all
spoon pepper.
these many, many, many
When pork has roasted
recipes has got me wanting for an hour, remove from
to blow tradition out of the oven and turn rib ends up.
water and make a totally
Spoon 4 cups of stuffing
different Christmas Dinner. into roast cavity. (Place
So here goes!
remaining in greased 1
Pork Crown Roast with ½ quart casserole, bake,
Apple Stuffing
uncovered, during last 30
1 (7 lb.) pork rib crown
roast, well trimmed
Return pork to oven and
2 ¼ teaspoons salt
continue roasting about
½ plus ⅛ teaspoon pep-
1 hour longer, until meat
thermometer inserted be-
6 tablespoons butter
tween two ribs into thick-
4 medium stalks celery
est part of meat registers
finely chopped
155 degrees. If stuffing
1 large onion finely
browns too quickly, cover
loosely with foil.
Remove from oven,
transfer to platter and let
stand 15 minutes to rise in
temperature to 160 degrees
and to set juices.
Meanwhile prepare
gravy. Pour pan drippings
into medium bowl, set pan
aside. Let Stand until fat
separates from juices.
Spoon 3 tablespoons
fat from drippings, ( add
melted butter if necessary
to get 3 tablespoons) into
2 quart sauce pan. Add
apple brandy to roasting
pan and stir around until
brown bits are loosened.
Add to pork juices in bowl.
Into fat in saucepan, stir
flour, remaining salt and
pepper; cook over medium
heat, stirring, 1 minute.
Gradually stir in meat
juices and chicken broth,
cook, stirring until boils
and thickens.
Yum! My mouth is water
just thinking about it. I just
can’t give up my mashed
potatoes, since I love them
so much, So I will just
have to change them up a
Mashed Root Veg-
2 pounds assorted root
vegetables ( carrots, celery
root, parsnips, white
turnips and/or rutabaga),
peeled, and cut into 1 inch
pieces. (5 cups)
1 pound all purpose
potatoes prepared as above
(3 cups)
2 ½ teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons butter
¼ teaspoon pepper
Pinch nutmeg
In 5-6 quart saucepan
combine root vegetables,
potatoes, 2 teaspoons salt
and enough water to cover:
heat to boiling over high
Reduce heat to medium
and cook 15 minutes or
until tender. Drain.
Return vegetables to
pan; add butter, pepper
and ½ teaspoon salt. Mash
with potato masher until
smooth. Spoon mixture
into 1 ½ quart casserole,
cool slightly.
Preheat oven to 350
degrees. Cover casserole
and bake 30 minutes, or
heated through. Sprinkle
with nutmeg.
To shake things up even
more it’s out with the green
bean casserole, which I
love but my husband does
not, and in with the aspara-
gus. This recipe makes the
perfect asparagus, in my
opinion, warm and soft
(but not mushy) and full of
Roasted Garlic Parme-
san Asparagus
2 bunches fresh asparagus
10 garlic cloves minced
6 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper
½ cup freshly grated
parmesan cheese
Bend asparagus gently
until it snaps, discard end
Place asparagus spears
onto cookie sheet or roast-
ing pan.
Sprinkle with olive oil,
garlic and salt & pepper.
Toss around to coat.
Line up asparagus in
single layer, sprinkle with
parmesan cheese.
Roast in a preheated 400
degree oven for 15 to 20
minutes or until cooked to
your liking.
Serve at once.
I am looking forward
to cooking some new and
exciting dishes this year. I
also most sincerely want
to Wish
Everyone a Very Merry
Christmas and a New Year
full of Joy and Happiness.
Spay and neuter stats released
Mollie Atwater and
Friends Spay/Neuter
Fund is in its 12th year
of operation and is under
the non-profit umbrella of
Baker County. It continues
to work with the commu-
nity to reduce the number
of unwanted and homeless
cats and dogs in Baker
County and North Powder
by assisting folks with
spay/neuter surgery costs
and providing information
on the benefits of spaying/
neutering one’s animals.
As of December 5, 2017
the Fund has helped 2502
animals: 1,934 cats and
568 dogs. The table below
shows the numbers helped
by town.
Spaying and neuter-
ing feral cats and our pets
makes a huge difference in
the health and well-being
of our community and
our animals. Both males
and females contribute to
unwanted puppies and kit-
tens being born. There-
fore, if these animals had
Submitted Photo.
Mollie Atwater and Friends recently released the above numbers.
not been spayed/neutered
and each had contributed
to a litter of 6 puppies or
kittens, then a minimum of
15,012 animals would have
needed homes over the last
12 years. This would have
been a large burden on our
The monies raised for this
program are spent locally,
enhancing the social and
economic well-being of
the County. Currently we
have 21 animals on our
waiting list. People want-
ing to contribute to the
local effort can send their
tax-deductible donation to:
Mollie Atwater and Friends
Spay/Neuter Fund, P.O.
Box 402, Baker City, OR
Man arrested for assault
On December 2, 2017
the Department of Human
Services-Child Welfare
received a report from staff
at Saint Luke's Medical Fa-
cility involving a juvenile
with suspicious injuries.
A DHS caseworker
reported this information
to Baker County Dispatch.
A Baker County Sheriff's
Deputy responded to the
juvenile's residence and
spoke with the mother.
Deputies then went to
Halfway, Oregon to speak
with the juvenile's father,
Jeffery V. Apple (DOB
After speaking with
Apple about injuries the
juvenile had sustained,
Deputies placed him under
He was transported and
lodged at the Baker County
Apple was charged with
Assault III and Criminal
Wolf plan draft now online
A working copy of the
revised Oregon Wolf Con-
servation and Management
Plan is now available on-
line at
This working copy
shows the edits staff have
made to the April 2017
Draft Wolf Plan as a result
of comments from stake-
holders, the public and
ODFW staff will brief
the Fish and Wildlife Com-
mission on this Working
Copy of the Draft Wolf
Plan at their Dec. 8 meet-
ing in Salem.
Angel Tree
The Baker City Police Department is once again host-
ing, in partnership with the Salvation Army, an Angel
Tree decorated with Angel Tree gift tags located in the
lobby of the Department (1768 Auburn Avenue). Angel
Tree gift tags are special wished-for items given during
the holiday season to children in need within our com-
munity. In addition, donations of non-perishable canned/
boxed items for Christmas food baskets are also being
accepted at the Police Department.
If you would like to pick up an Angel Tree gift tag and
purchase the wished-for gift for a local child, you can
then return the unwrapped gift to the Police Department.
Donations of non-perishable food item(s) for the local
Christmas food baskets can also be dropped off at the
Police Department.
If you do wish to have an officer pick up any of these
items, please call the department reception desk at (541)
524-2014. The lobby is open Monday thru Friday, from
8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. The last day to turn in a gift is
Thursday, December 14, 2017.
Senate seat
Kerry McQuisten / The Baker County Press
ORP vice chair and chair, Chris Barreto and BIll
Then Chair Currier moved to the first order of business,
which was establishing the rules for the convention. The
only real point of contention was how many nominees out
of the six candidates to move forward in the process—
three or five. The delegation selected three in a vote of 47
to 40.
Each of the six candidates spoke briefly about their
backgrounds, then moved to the front table where ques-
tions previously submitted by PCPs in writing were read
from notecards. Each question had a maximum of two
minutes allowed in response, and the total time limit
established in the adopted rules meant that by 1:20 p.m.,
questions came to an end. (Credentialing, or verifying by
I.D. the PCPs present, had begun at 10:15 a.m.)
The differences in the candidates were vast—ranging
from dentist Shirtcliff to Baker County Republican Chair
and rancher Jones. Perry is a retired marketing manager
for the Gillette corporation. Wattenburg is a radio talk
show host and physician. Huston serves as a county com-
missioner in Jefferson County. Bentz is currently seated
as a State Representative.
The candidates typically responded in agreement on
questions ranging from right to life to health care; how-
ever, Bentz remained the odd man out when it came to
views on tax increases, particularly associated with the
recently passed Transportation Bill.
Bentz believes his bill, which has ushered in a broad
range of new taxes and at least one lawsuit, was a com-
promise with state liberals that will eventually save Or-
egonians even deeper taxation. The other five candidates
believed the bill was poorly written, unnecessary, and
resulted in little benefit to those in their senate district.
Bentz became quite heated at the microphone, caus-
ing a murmur to roll through about half the audience. He
stressed repeatedly what he felt were the benefits of hav-
ing a politician with many years of experience in office
in that senate seat, rather than a newbie who “didn’t even
know where the bathroom was.” The other candidates
stated a belief in term limits and the need for new blood
in the legislature.
The ballots were passed out, allowing up to three can-
didates to be written down, with PCPs all highly aware
they were representing the voters in their precincts— just
under 15,000 voters were represented at the convention.
PCP votes were weighted depending on the population
of their precinct. PCPs who voted for only one candidate
cast all of their votes for that person—those who voted
for three split their representation among the three.
By statute, a candidate must obtain 25% of the total
representation in order to move forward. In the first bal-
lot, Bentz and Jones both hit that mark. One PCP, a taxi
driver, unfortunately had to leave before balloting, leav-
ing only 86 ballots.
A second ballot, on which only one candidate could be
written, was then distributed to select the third nominee.
Wattenburg was successful in that slot, with Perry secur-
ing the alternate position should any of the three nomi-
nees drop out.
After the convention, the three names are submitted to
commissioners in all SD30 counties. Each commissioner
or member of the county court, depending on their struc-
ture, has one vote to select the appointee.