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Page 8 Hells Canyon Journal May 19, 2004 ...With Asparagus The asparagus season is much too short for those of us who consider it one of our favorite foods. In our family, it's one of those vegetables you either love or hate. I don't think there's much middle ground with asparagus. In honor of the first vegetable ready to harvest in the spring, I thought I'd do a little re- search into it. Some facts about asparagus are: 1. Asparagus is a member of the lily family. The fern that grows after the aspara- gus is harvested is often cul- tivated for floral arrange- ments. One of the floral spe- cies is Sprengeri which is used in vase arrangements, or where a garland is appropriate. 2. Under ideal conditions, asparagus can grow ten inches in a 24-hour period. Temperature determines how much time between pickings. When the days and nights are warmer, a field may be picked every 24 hours, or if cooler temperatures prevail, four to five days elapse be- tween harvests. Each crown will send spears up for about six or seven weeks during the spring and early summer. 3. An asparagus planting is usually not harvested for the first three years to allow a strong root system to estab- Asparagus Pasta Stir Fry 1 lb. Asparagus 1/2 C. Sliced onion 2 T. Oil Diagonally slice asparagus into two-inch pieces and stir-fry with onion in oil until crisp tender: medium-high for three minutes in a large pan. 2 T. Soy sauce 1 Clove minced garlic 1 tsp. Ginger 1/4 tsp. Crushed red pepper 1/.2 tsp. Sesame oil Add seasonings to stir fried vegetables and mix well 6 oz. Pasta - previously cooked and drained Add cooked pasta to stir fry mixture until heated and evenly mixed. Top with toasted sesame seeds when serving. To toast sesame seeds, put them in a dry frying pan on medium high heat, stir while toasting to prevent burning. lish, and can produce for up was once cultivated for me- to 20 years before there is a dicinal purposes as a remedy need to replant, for blood cleansing and di- 4. Asparagus is high in folic uretic properties. During the acid and is a good source for Renaissance, it was promoted potassium, vitamins A, C, B6 as an aphrodisiac and banned and thiamin. It contains no from the tables of most nun- fat or cholesterol, and only 20 neries. calories and three grams of This recipe for Asparagus carbohydrates per five-ounce Pasta Stir Fry is very versa- serving, tile; you can use any style of 5. Asparagus is native to pasta, and eat it hot or cold. the Mediterranean and Af- Make enough for leftovers as rica. Its earliest recordedhis- it is good as salad. I origi- tory dates to 200 B.C., when nally used this recipe with it was noted by the Greeks. It fresh green beans and omit- Correction to a previous column: ted the pasta; it made a great vegetable dish. If you don't Wild Bills' Honey Mustard Dreuing have sesame oil or sesame The amount of mayonnaise in proportion to the rest of the seeds, it will still turn out ingredients should be 3 cups, instead of 8. When reducing the tasty. I'm looking forward to recipe from a gallon to an amount that could be made by the trying this dish with sugar public, one of the equations was distorted. I'm sorry for any snap peas, the next great veg- inconvenience this may have caused and thank the reader etable to make an appear- who contacted me about this error, ance in the garden. Basketball Camp Announced Pine Eagle Summer Girls' during the week with the ers in the parking lot, hook Basketball Camp will be held coaches instructed to play up, and use the showers and for the 28th time in Halfway each girl at least half of each bathrooms. from June 14 through 18. game. The cost for those partici- Former PEHS basketball Teams average seven to pants who desire room and c0achChuckPetersonist - eight rls with each teambo d is $120. Players and ing leadership of the camp havingits own ch. .... patrons of Pine Eagle School over to his son-in-law, Tim Smith, girls basketball coach at Baker High School. Girls who will be in grades 8 through 12 next year are eligible to participate. Campers are divided into three leagues based on skill level so that they can com- pete against girls of the same ability. Each girl will be able to play in 10 to 14 games I Bargain Matinees Ever~ Day I I Stadium Seating Large Screens I I*SHREK2 ml I Shr , iona and oaeKI I charac "Pussin Boots p~2~l by I 1(2:30) Sat.-Sun. Anton/o/~anoerasI I$-ao pa y_ ]*TROY "! I Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom star in this I I epic tilm of the Trojan War in ancient Gree~ | {2:15)Sat.-Sun. [6:45 Daily VAN HEL NG PG13 Hugh Jackn~ and Kate Beckinsale in this Sci4:i action # ller, against the likes of Omcuta, Frankenstein, & Wolf~n. 2:20) Sat,-Sun. = NO TIGHTWAD TUESDAY Bargain Matinee Times in ( ) I II II The camp emphasizes fun- District provide lodging. Ev- damentals:shooting, passing, cry attempt is made to pair dribbling and both offensive students of the same age. and defensive skills. Lunches are the responsibil- An expert staff with expe- ity of each participant. rience at all levels including Each participant receives college will be on hand. Col- a camp T-shirt and their own lege players will also assist, basketball. At least three of the coaches Registration forms are due werein the state play0ffs this no later than June 1. Late year. applications will be accepted Morning sessions run fromuntil the day of the camp, but 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; afternoon balls and shirts are not guar- sessions from l:00to4:30p.m, anteed. The gym is open every A $20 deposit is required evening from 7:00 to 9:00with registration and is non- p.m. for girls who want help refundable after June 1. in specific areas. For more information, con- Cost for the camp is $80 if tact Tim and Molly Smith at you provide your own lodg- home at 524-9866. At school, ing. Pine Eagle School Dis- Tim can be reached at 524- trict allows you to park camp- 2651 and Molly at 898-2244. 742-7777 Slaughterhouse Road, Halfwa CALL US To O.DER you. FAVORITE PIZZA! BAKED OR TAKE & BAKE, FOR PICK-UP OR DELIVERY We will take orders any time we are home, but wc are always OPEN MONDAY THROUCH FRIDAY, 5:00-9:00 P.M. Loo for WeeKL Y Se rCTaZa START/NC N xr IVLrex/ I Two Advance to State Track Meet Two Pine Eagle athletes for state in that event, in the 400 meters with a time qualified to compete in the "That was just Eric's sec-of 55.09 seconds. State 2A/1A Track Meet inend time all season in that T.J. Crane's long jump of Monmouth this Friday and race," said Endersby. "He was 17 feet, 7 inches established Saturday with strong show- really focused on getting to a new personal best, as did ings at the Wapiti League's state." Brad Lindsay'sjavelin throw District Track Meet in LaMorrison and Lower will of l15 feet, 2 inches. Grande last Friday. leave on Thursday for the Pine Eagle's 4x400 boys Abby Morrison took first statewide competition, held relay team (Brad Casch, T. J. place in the 100 meters and annually at Western OregonCrane, Ian Lower and Eric second in the 400 and 800 to University in Monmouth. Lower) recorded its best time qualify in all three events. "Hopefully, these two willof the year, with a 3:41.81, to Abby's winning time in the have a good experience andfinish in fourth place. 100 was 13.08 seconds. She make a good showing at "The boys shaved a full five also ran a sub-minute 400State," said Endersby. seconds off their best time of meters for the second week in Several other personal the season," said Endersby. a row, with a time of 59.65 records fell at District. "I was very proud of them. seconds. Abby's time in the Sylvia Kuwahara set a new They all ran their fastest legs 800 was 2:28.41. personal best in the triple of the year. "Abbydidanawesomejob," jump and came within a foot The 4x100 relay team said coach Karen Endersby. of besting the school record (Brad Casch, T. J. Crane, Eric Lower took second withher30-foot, 10-inchleap, Cody Millhouse and Ian place in the 800 meters, with to finish in fifth place. Lower) took fifth at District, a time of 2:06.32, to qualify Ian Lower took fifth placewith a time of 47.74 seconds. Softball Pine Eagle's varsity soft- ball team swept a pair of doubleheaders from Elgin and Nyssa last Thursday and Saturday to finish the regu- lar season with a flurry. When Union swept Weston- McEwen in a make-up doubleheader on Monday, May 17, the Spartans found themselves alone in second place in District 7. The two losses evened the Tiger-Scots' record at 8-8, and gave the 9- 7 Spartans the final berth in this Saturday's District 7 soft- ball tournament at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. Pine Eagle will be matched against Stanfield in the tournament, with game time yet to be announced as this paper goes to press. The Spartans jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the opener of Thursday's home double- header with Elgin. Elgin battled back with a pair of runs in the third, and both teamascored a single run in the sixth, giving PEHS the 5- 3 win. Molly Coffee pitched all seven innings for the Spar- tans, giving up just four hits and five walks while striking out six. J. J. Shevham had three hits for Pine Eagle, and Molly Coffee, Randi Tarter and Jesse Baxter had two apiece. The Spartans only struck out once in the entire game. "Molly had control of the game from start to finish," commented softball coach Joe Sciarrino. In the field the Spartans played solid defense, commit- ting only one error in 7 in- nings. Coffee stayed on the mound and pitched the sec- ond game for Pine Eagle, put- ting on an even sharper per- Sweeps into Playoffs formance than she had in the Molly Coffee also had a big opener. The Pine Eagle jun- game at the plate, with three ior set a school record for hits, including a triple, and strikeouts in one game with two RBIs. 12, while giving up only two Megan Peer had two hits, hits. including a triple, and Randi "They could do very little Tarter, Beth Harriman, with her," Sciarrino said of Brittney Gulick and Jesse Elgin's hitters. "Her control Baxter each had two hits. is getting better and better Randi Tarter drove in three and she's walking fewer bat- runs, and Jesse Baxter drove ters." in two in a game in which Elgin and Pine Eagle eachevery Spartan who batted had scored a run in the first, and at least one hit. the Spartans added one run Gametwowasupforgrabs each in the second, fourth and through the middle innings fifth innings, and two in the until the Spartans rallied for sixth for insurance, to easily six runs in the topofthe sev- outscore the Huskies, 6-1. enth to put the game away. Amy Tarter had two hits Molly Coffee pitched her and two RBIs for Pine Eagle, fourth complete game in just while Nikki Simpson and over 48 hours, allowing only Jesse Baxter each had twothree hits and striking out hits and a single RBI. ten. Pine Eagle again commit- Amy Tarter pounded out ted just one error in game four hits, including two two. doubles and drove in two runs "Ofcourse, when you strike to help power the offense out 12, you only have nine again. outs left to get," observed Brittney Gulick had three Sciarrino. hits, and Molly Coffee had On Saturday, the Spartanstwo hits and two RBIs. Randi traveled to Nyssa where they Tarter and Megan Peer each completed the regular season had two RBIs for Pine Eagle. with 13-3 and 11-4 wins. "It was a good week for us," Molly Coffee pitched again, said Sciarrino after the wins. limiting the Bulldogs to three "We're finally consistently hits in the opener while strik- playingthe waywe're capable ing out eight, of playing. Molly has really Nyssa led 1-0 in the early arrived as our number one innings untilthe Pine Eagle's pitcher; Brittney is doing a bats erupted in the fourth good job at catcher, and we inning and rocked the hosts' have a rotation that seems to defense six runs. The Spar- be working." tans added four more in the Despite losing five of their fifth and three in the seventh first six league games, the to put the game out of reach. Spartans are playing their Amy Tarter led the chargebest ball of the season at the offensively, with four hits in- most opportune time. Their eluding a double, a triple, and fast finish has earned them three RBIs. the opportunity to test their "Every time Amy came up skills against the top teams to bat, it was just a laser in District 7 this Saturday in beam to the fence," said La Grande. Sciarrino. Baseball Team Completes Season Pine Eagle's baseball team The Spartans hung tough ished up in relief. finished its season with a doubleheader at Nyssa last Saturday. A scheduled, non- league doubleheader with Baker on Thursday was can- celed when no officials showed up for the game. All It Takes Is a Phone Call and a 5-Minute Trip to the Clinic to Refill Your Prescription. If we don't stock it, we'll get it. Many major prescription plans and co-pays accepted. Most common antibiotics, allergy and pain medications in stock SHOP LOCALLY! in the opener and trailed just The Spartans dropped the 4-2 through three innings nightcap 16-4 in fivein nings. before a fifth inning rally put Pine Eagle's defense was the Bulldogs in charge. The tighter in game two, commit- final was 12-2 in six innings, ting only four errors. The Pine Eagle hit the ball well Spartans had good offensive in the opener, as Riley Harri- production, scoring four runs man went two for three with a on just four hits, but the play- single, a double and an RBI. off-bound Bulldogs were too Janssen Hills also went two much for the local team. for three on a pair of singles. Bryton Hills pitched the Defensively, Pine Eagle first inning for Pine Eagld committed eight errors, and helped the cause by hit- "We were our own worst ting a pair of doubles. enemiesinthefield,"saidcoach Lee Mark Wilson pitched Kent Hills. "But hitting kept two-and-a-third innings for us in the game. Until the fiRh Pine Eagle and Riley inning, we were po'med to do Harriman pitched the final some good things." two-thirds of an inning. CorbyWickhamstartedthe Don Chandler, Lee Mark game on the mound for the Wilson and Ben Becktold all Spartans and Ben Becktold fin- hit singles in the season finale. Grant-Western Prairie Wood Dale Stonnett Lumber Pzedaets 932-4905 Company Mike Billman 120-3845 Dan Bishop (r,4t) s.,=Sll (n4z) e=o-ssai 120-4306 All species of LOGS, TIMBER, and Renee Baker 642-2010