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Th h The holiday lid season iis ffast approaching and we at Oklahoma’s Own News 9 are preparing for a busy season. As you get ready for the holiday season, we hope you’ll take a minute to get to know our Amanda Taylor a little bit better. Here, she opens up about her past, present and future. John, Midwest City Are you originally from Oklahoma? No, I’m originally from Bloomington, Indiana, and it reminds me of Oklahoma. It’s the same small town feel, the people are genuine, and we get to experience all four seasons. Then I went to school in Florida and my first job was in Wichita Falls, Texas. Next I worked in San Antonio, and then I came to Oklahoma. I consider this home now and it’s nice to be closer to my husband’s family, they’re from Missouri.

Brooke, Cordell Are you married and do you have any kids? I’m married to my best friend Nick and he’s a realtor in town. We don’t have any kids yet. It hasn’t been in God’s plan, but we’re hoping someday it will be. Everybody will definitely know when it happens and you can celebrate with us. For now, we just have our two, furry children. They are very spoiled “kids.”

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Sara, Oklahoma City I read online that you have a dog named Sonoma. Where did you get that name? We have William and Sonoma. Sonoma’s name comes from where my husband and I honeymooned, in Sonoma, California, and obviously we have fond memories of the place. And also, I love to cook and one of my favorite places to buy stuff for the kitchen is Williams Sonoma, so hence we have William and Sonoma. Amanda, Weatherford Why did you choose broadcast journalism? When I entered college, I was actually a microbiology major. That didn’t last long. As soon as I realized I had to take chemistry – and lots of it – I made a change. And I should have known I was going to be in broadcast journalism a lot sooner. In elementary school I entered a contest to write a commercial for Tide – and I won! Then in 5th grade I started a club called the “Kid Bifay” (Bifay is Pig Latin for FBI). I would have all my friends over and teach them how to investigate like Nancy Drew. There were little clues like that all through my younger years that pointed to journalism. But it wasn’t until I went to college and took my first speech class and the professor asked me to join the University’s speech and debate team. I did and traveled and competed for 4 years. That’s when I changed my major to journalism and here I am. Jason, Deer Creek What is the most memorable Consumer Watch story you have ever reported on? Oh my goodness, there are so many! I’d have to say that when I got a call from the U.S. Secret Service and they wanted my help; that story went right to the top of my list. I had just exposed a local scam and the Secret Service apparently was after the same guy. They ended up nabbing him and then called me in to testify in federal court. I’ve never been so excited because here’s a story that I saw from the very beginning to the end and because of it, the con man was convicted and is behind bars. I even have the artist’s rendering

sketch of me testifying on my desk as a daily reminder. Megan, Midwest City I know you graduated from the University of Florida. But since you live in Oklahoma, are you a Florida football fan, or Oklahoma football fan? Megan! Are you trying to get me hate mail? Just kidding, but I think it’s a given. I went to the University of Florida, I spent four years there and I have to root for my Gators. But, I do have to say that I cheer equally as loud for OU and OSU – as long as they’re not playing Florida. Kate, Edmond What do you enjoy doing when you are not in front of the camera? I like to do yard work and I like to cook. ook. But let me preface that, I like to o cook, but during the week I just want to fix a quick chicken and stick tick it in the oven and be done with it. I love taking cooking classes. lasses. So that’s the type of cooking ooking I like to do. Yard work and mowing, but I could leave it. I do itt and I even weed eat. It’s t’s kind of my workout. However, I’d rather plant the flowers and tend end the pots, but there here is something very satisfying after you ou get done mowing everything verything looks so nice!

Jeri, Moore As a reporter, have you ever come across a story that was too difficult to report? I think the hardest stories for me to report on are ones that involve children who’ve been abused. Those break my heart. They get to me because my Dad lived his first nine years in and out of abusive foster homes before being adopted. I’ve heard some awful stories. But my grandparents were sent from above and saved him – they’re absolutely wonderful people! My Dad turned out to be an amazing man, so it just goes to show that a good adoptive family can change a kid’s life. But when I hear stories like those of abuse, I cannot fathom how people can do that. So those are the tough ones.


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Happy Holidays from News 9, and welcome to our second holiday issue of Enjoy!, where you’ll find great holiday recipes, details on our upcoming Watch & Win contest, special anchor features, fun information about Christmas in Bricktown, and some Winter Weather Tips from Gary England. For our loyal viewers, you already know this has been a year of exciting change for News 9 and we greatly appreciate your enthusiastic response to everything. For those of you who aren’t regular News 9 viewers, we hope you’ll check us out and give us an opportunity to win you over! Please consider this a personal invitation to watch our show and let us know what you think. We thrive on viewer feedback and love the opportunity to interact with you through email, Facebook, comments on our news stories, or any other way you choose to communicate with us. And don’t forget to visit News9.com anytime you’re looking for news or information about things important to Oklahomans. We’re here to serve you! Enjoy! Robin, Stan & Jed

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GET TO KNOW STAN Oklahoma’s Own News 9 is more than a workplace; it’s a home away from home for us. We would like for you to get to know the people that come into your home day after day. Stan Miller, one of the newest members of the News 9 family, opens up as he answers your questions. Jason, Shawnee Where did you grow up and go to school? I grew up in Midwest City and went to Midwest City High School. After that, I was a radio and television major at UCO, it was called Central State University then. Sara, OKC Do you miss California? Do you love Oklahoma? I miss the ocean, but I came back because I do love Oklahoma, and I missed the wide open spaces and the friendly people. Richard, McLoud Why did you move back to Oklahoma? I guess it’s the old saying, “You can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy.” Oklahoma has always been my home, and I felt that it was time to get back to my roots and be closer to my family. Trish, Yukon Are you scared to go though tornado season? Tornadoes don’t scare me nearly as much as earthquakes do, and I went through several very scary earthquakes. At least here, Gary “Twister” England lets me know what to expect well ahead of time!

Taylor, OKC I heard you were in the movie “Bad Boys”, how did you manage that and did you enjoy it? Yes, I played a very short role in “Bad Boys.” I got a phone call out of the blue one day from the movie’s director Michael Bay asking me if I would like a role in the film. He said he had seen me anchor the news and would like me to play that role in his movie. I am still getting royalties to this day, and that movie was released in, I believe, 1994. I had a lot more hair then! Dillon, Yukon What do you like to do in your spare time? I like to spend time with my family, explore Oklahoma’s back roads on my Harley, bass fish, golf, watch Sooner football games and Thunder games. Katy, Mustang Are you married and do you have kids? I have been married for 22 years and have three children, all grown. Bobby, Enid What kind of motorcycle do you ride? I ride a Harley Davidson Electra Glide Ultra. So far my longest trip was 1,352 miles from Bozeman, Montana to Edmond in 2 days. Brock, Edmond What made you want to be a reporter? I actually always wanted to do sports, but had an opportunity early in my career to anchor the news so I took it and never looked back.

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2010 Anchor Holiday Favorites Alex’s Old Aunt Roldah’s Casserole 2 tsp butter or margarine 1 clove garlic Dash of pepper 2 (8-oz) cans tomato sauce 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese 4 oz cream cheese (with chives, if possible)

Kelly’s Gone in 60 Seconds Dip 1 cup chopped pecans 1 cup extra sharp cheddar cheese 1/2 cup chopped scallions 1/4 cup mayonnaise Hot pepper or spicy jelly of choice Combine all ingredients except for jelly. Pack into shallow serving g dish. Refrigerate rate for at least 4 hours. Spread hot pepper/spicy pper/spicy jelly on top. Serve with whole hole wheat crackers.

Stan’s Easy Coffee Cake 1 stick butter I sm jar maraschino cherries – drained & chopped Bowl of cinnamon & sugar (1 cup sugar & 2 T cinnamon)

Brown the meat and drain. Crush the garlic and add to the meat, along with salt, pepper, sugar and tomato sauce. Cover and cook slowly 15 to 20 minutes. Cook noodles according to directions on pkg and drain. Blend softened cream cheese and sour cream together in a separate bowl. In lightly greased 3-quart casserole dish, alternate layer of noodles, cheese mixture, and meat sauce. Repeat, then sprinkle top with the cheddar cheese. In an oven pre-heated to 350°, bake 20 minutes, or until bubbly.

3/4 cup chopped pecans 2 cans big Texas style biscuits Pancake syrup (don’t use the real maple syrup, it’s too thin)

Set oven at 350°. Line bundt pan with pecans and cherries. Melt butter in bowl. Dip biscuit in melted butter, roll in cinnamon/sugar mixture until well covered and stand on end in pan. When pan is full, drizzle well with syrup ...when you look in the pan you should see syrup covering the bottom third of the biscuit. Bake for 35 – 45 minutes. To serve, put plate on top of bundt pan and flip over. Plate should ould be quite a bit larger to accommodate the syrup that will run out. Serve warm. arm.

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Pre-heat oven to 350°. Mix all ingredients baby food consistency. Pour batter evenly into a jelly roll pan, or 2-9.5”x 11” inch baking pans sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350 350° for 20 min or until toot tooth pick inserted comes out clean. Cut treats into the de desired size (0.5” x 0.5” works for most dogs). Break the treats apart. Bake for another 15 min. Allow treats to cool and dry completely before storing storin in the fridge. Treats will keep up to a week.


WINTER 2010 Robin’s Mama Josie’s Spaghetti-Sauce And Meatballs Sauce Meatballs 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 lb. ground beef 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 egg 3 cloves of garlic-chopped fine 1/2 cup italian bread crumbs 1 (16-oz) can of tomato puree finely chopped parsley 1 (16-oz) can of tomato sauce finely chopped garlic salt and pepper to taste parmesan cheese 1 tsp dried oregano salt and pepper to taste 1 tsp dried basil 1 Tbsp sugar

Dean’s Little Smokies 1 (10 oz.) jar of Red Currant Jelly 1 (6 oz.) jar of prepared mustard 1 ½ to 2 lbs. of Little Smokies (small link sausages)

Sautee the onion and garlic in olive oil in a large saucepan until the onions turn slightly tranparent. Add the remaining sauce ingredients, stir and set aside on low heat. Form the meatballs and then brown them in the skillet using 2 T of olive oil. Place browned meatballs into the saucepan with the hour simmering sauce and continue cooking for approximately an hour.

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Gary’s Monkey Bread 1 package (24 to 48 count) frozen rolls 1 cup and 2 T brown sugar 1 stick butter 2 tsp cinnamon 1 cup pecans Dissolve brown sugar in melted butter. Add cinnamon. Layer rolls in a Bundt pan. Sprinkle pecans over rolls. Pour sugar mixture over top. Let rise on counter top overnight. Cover with damp cloth. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes at 350°. Cover the last 10 or 15 minutes with foil.

Combine mustard and jelly by stirring over medium heat. When thoroughly combined and smooth, add smokies. ies. More or less may be used. Cook until smokies are re warmed through. May be reheated.

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Sauce: Whisk all the ingredients (except salmon) together in a small saucepan over medium heat until well blended and nearly boiling. Set half the sauce aside to serve with salmon. Grill: Heat your grill to med-high heat. Baste one side of the salmon with the sauce, and place it sauce side down on the grill. Grill for about 6 minutes. Baste the top, then turn salmon over. Baste the top again and cook for another 6 minutes. Test salmon. If flakey pull off the grill. Serve the salmon with h the extra sauce on the side. Or Bake: Bake at about 425° for about 12-15 minutes. Then hen test with fork.

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