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Page 18 Hells Canyon Journal September 13, 2000 l Oregon Watershed Weeks to run Of Cabbagesyand Kings through October by Linda Bergeron The restoration project, to Marjorie Baker be held on a preserve 25 miles north of John Day in mid- Hailed by Governor John October, is an opportunity to The Ignored Beets certainly never r have made it big in po- etry, literature, legend or folk lore. At least, I don't recall ever seeing an "Ode to a beet." Oh, the beet - How humble! No wondul! (Sorry - I couldn't re- sist.) Anyway, there's probably a good reason George Washington Carver did his extensive research on peanuts and not beets. They don't even make it big on the table, as I know more people who dislike them th~n who like them. Ask any Rus- sian and he will claim ac- qu aintance with them. A good borscht, beet soup, can't be beat, but even there, the fame of the beet has stalled for years. As of the past few years, however, the beet has sud- denly been 'in' in high food fashions. A good borscht isn't how they are used in the modern restaurant kitchens. Cooking magazines seem to feature a new use by a new chef almost every issue. I've seen them grated raw, fried in patties or even fried in thin julienne strips as a garnish for a dish less colorful. (I did try this and by the time the beets were fried enough to eat, they were taste- less dry blobs; sliced thicker like French fries they were rather good but tedious to fix.) One issue of a cooking maga- Beet Salad lb. beets, trimmed (no greens) cup sliced almonds 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 teaspoons mincedgreen onion I tablespoon lemon juice I tablespoon red wine vinegar pinch of sugar teaspoon salt I largepear (Asian pears are very goodin this. Use a crisppear, not a fully ripe SOft one.) 3 cups baby saladgreens zine from last winter touted them as food for Valentines day and based most of a menu around them. India has long prized them as a coloring in their fried pastries. One thing I have not seen recently is the suggestion to boil beets a cer- tain number of minutes and then slip off the skin. Instead, beets are now baked. You may add seasonings or bake them simply, but you must wrap them in foil first. After they are tender, about an hour or more, you can slip off the skin - or if that doesn't work peel it easily - and proceed as the recipe indicates whether cutting it into heart shapes or dicing it to combine with other root vegetables or even squeezing out the juice for coloring. You can buy the seeds for yellow beets or large red or tiny red or white or even red and white striped beets but, unfortunately, our grocery stores only seem to stock the usual dark red variety. Just in case you have your eye on a bunch of beets in the grocery store or maybe a few left in your vegetable garden, here's a nice beet salad that is colorful, tasty and a bit different. Wrap the beets in a foil package and bake in a hot oven for 1-1/2 hours. J In the meanwhile heat the oil in a frying pan and add the almonds. Cook slowly until the almonds have turned a pale golden color. Lift the nuts out with a slot- ted spoon and reserve. Salt the almonds. Cool the oil in which you've cooked the al- monds and combine it with the green onion, lemon juice vinegar, sugar and salt. Mix together well and set aside. This is your salad dressing. When the beets are done, slip the skins and cut them into 1A inch slices. Cover them with most of the dressing and toss to coat them. At this point, you can refrigerate the salad for 24 hours before using. To finish, quarter and core the pear and cut into julienne strips. Place on top of the beets. Sprinkle with the baby lettuce, top with the remain- ing salad dressing and toss the nuts on top as a garnish. Serve at room temperature. Kitzhaber as "a celebration of help restore streambed and our state's watersheds andriparian habitat for wild an opportunity to learn more salmon and steelhead on a about them," Oregon Water-former dairy farm. Work ac- shed Weeks 2000 is an array tivities for volunteers in this of more than 100 statewidefree event include planting events that promote interest shrub species. Call 503-230- in and understanding of 1221, The Nature Conser- Oregon's water resources, vancy of Oregon, to register. Activities and programs are There are several related scheduled from September 16 events in the Bend area. The to October 22. High Desert Museum"s ex- While the majority of the hibit of "Oregon's Wild and events will be held in theScenic Rivers"runsthrough- WillametteValleyarea, someout September and October. will be held across the state. A one-daywater festival,part Those slated for eastern Or- of a national event called egon include one in La Grande "Make-A-Splash with Project on Thursday, October 5, re- WET," will be held on Friday, garding Volunteer Action September 22. The water fes- Training; one in John Day on tival, targeting teachers, par- Saturday and Sunday, Octo-ents and students in grades berl4andl5,fortheDunstan K-8, requires a class regis- " Homestead Preserve Resto- tration fee of $30. A special ration Project; and several museum exhibit, "Reaching others in Bend. Home: Pacific Salmon, Pacific The Volunteer Action People," will open on Satur- Training in LaGrande is anday, September 23. Finally, all-day activity, touted as"a an afternoon touring the fun, high-energyworkshop to Deschutes Basin Land Trust help boost volunteer pro- is scheduled on Sunday, Oc- grams involved in stream tober 8. clean-ups, tree planting Oregon Watershed Weeks projects, and other commu-2000 has numerous co-spon- nity livability projects."sors, including the OSU Ex- Participants will learn use- tension Service, Portland ful skills and become eligible State University, the Oregon for small grants and free Department ofFish and Wild- materials. This event is $75, life, Sea Grant of Oregon, the or free for those organizing a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser- volunteer project. The train- vice, The Oregon Plan, For ingsessionwillrunfrom8:30 the Sake of the Salmon, Or- a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Or- egon Watershed Enhance- egon Department of Trans- ment Board, and The High portation building on Island Desert Museum. Avenue, and is hosted by A detailed informational SOLV (Stop Oregon Litter booklet is available at the of- and Vandalism). Call 503- rice of the HELLS CANYON 844-9571 to register or for JOURNAL and in the Half- more specific information,way Branch Library. You May Qualify for a FREE Annual Exam and Mammogram Breast and Cervical Cancer Early detection and screening Income Eligibility Criteria Family Size Maximum Income Monthly I $1,677 2 2,260 3 2,844 4 3,427 5 4,010 PG13 II Center PG13 r If you are 40 to 65, callto check your eligibility for a women's health check and mammogram at no charge. Women's health check with CHD Public Health or private physician. For more information, call 962-8823 or our:dew toll-free number, 1-877-962-8823. for Human Development, Inc. Public Health Services 1100 K Avenue La Grande, OR 97850 Diaital Stereo Sound Reolrnlng Luxury Seats | Weekend Bargain Matinees I Stadium Seating Large Screens I 1809 First Street, Baker City 541-523-2522 SPACE COWBOYS Starring Clint Eas~ood, Temmy Lee Jones, James Garnet;, and Doom Sutherland 6:15 8:55 Daily (3:15) Sat./Sun. THE CELL A supematural thriller starring Jennifer Lopez and Vince Vaughn 6:25 8:45 Daily (3:20) Sat. & Sun. [] THE REPLACEMENTS Starring Keenu Reeves and Gene Hackman 6:20 8:50 Daily (3:25) Sat/Sun. * = No Tightwad Tuesday Bargain Matinee Times in ( ) Meal Income Guidelines Announced The Oregon Department of Education recently an- nounced the policy for free and reduced-price meals for students in schools operating the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, m~d for free milk in schools offering free milk through the Special Milk Program. Free and reduced-price meals are available for stu- dents who are unable to pay the full price for meals. Some schools that do not offer the National School Lunch or Breakfast Programs may offer free milk to eligible students. Eligibility is determined by household size and in- come. In some cases, foster children are eligible for benefits regardless of household income. Qualifying students receive meals or milk without charge or may pay a reduced price of no more than 40 cents for lunch and 30 cents for breakfast. Children from households whose income is at or below the established levels are eligible for free or reduced-price meals or free milk. Please check with your school for income eligibility guidelines.