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Show off your plate

Image of USDA's MyPlate

MyPlate shows you how a nutritious meal should look. Image from

The traditional Food Pyramid was recently replaced by MyPlate. It seems like a sensible move, as it’s much easier to put food on a plate than stack it into a pyramid. OSU’s Be Well blog is looking for examples of real plates. The Post My Plate contest is easy to enter: Take a picture of your (hopefully healthy and well-balanced) plate of food and post it to the Be Well Facebook page by midnight on Dec. 3. You could win a prize, or bask in the glory of inspiring others with your healthy eating!

If you need guidance, check out the resources on Extension’s Food & Nutrition community page.


11/30/2011 at 6:14 pm Leave a comment

Happy Thanksgiving!

Gobble, gobble. Photo Dave King.

11/24/2011 at 7:31 am Leave a comment

The scoop on “OSU beetles”

Last fall, while gazing out the floor-to-ceiling windows of my building, I noticed something strange. There were bugs — lots of them — congregating on the glass of the windows and the sunny side of the building’s exterior wall. They were brown, beetle-like, with orange markings and long antennae. And did I mention there were a lot of them? I’d never seen anything like it in Oregon. The sunny autumn days of 2010 stretched on, and the insects hung around too. A time or two, I heard people laugh about the “OSU beetles.”

A room with a view... a view of bugs. Photo Rachel Beck

This summer, the bugs relocated from campus to my house. A mass of them took up residence on the south-facing side of a garden shed. (more…)

11/22/2011 at 4:24 pm Leave a comment

Quince, no longer a mystery

Freshly picked quince fruit. Photo by Rachel Beck.

A few days ago, a neighbor of mine sent out an email. Her quince tree had more fruit than she could use, and she was offering fruit up to anyone who would pick it. I  didn’t even know how to pronounce “quince,” but I was intrigued by the offer, so I grabbed a bag and headed to her house. Twenty minutes later, I had as many pounds of quince as I could carry. And no idea what to do with it. (more…)

11/16/2011 at 11:25 am 2 comments

Super spring bulb solution

Potted hyacinth bring color and fragrance. Photo Rachel Beck.

In the fall I’ve always wanted to plant more bulbs than the daffodils and tulips I already have in my yard, but never took the time to find what bulbs might work best or where to place them in the garden. This year promises to be different, thanks to OSU Extension horticulturist Linda McMahan.

Use pots! Nearly all bulbs sold in the fall work well in pots that stay outdoors, she says. It’s easy to create a stunning display that begins to grow in the fall or middle of winter, then bursts into bloom in the spring or early summer.

“Don’t be afraid to pack the pot full of bulbs,” she said. “Plant a lot of bulbs at different, overlapping levels. You can easily put 20-30 bulbs, sometimes even more, into a pot that is 14–20 inches across. Use bulbs of many different sizes for an interesting display and longer seasonal appeal.”

For more information on what bulbs to plant and how, check out this news release.

Thanks, Linda. Beautiful blooming pots are another good reason to look forward to spring!

~April Beckwith

11/04/2011 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Green tomato update

We've got Roy G, no Biv.

I’ve been ripening my green cherry tomatoes for about 2 weeks now, with mixed success. The photo above is what they look like now, as they sit on a baking sheet in my kitchen. I’ve found that rearranging them to look as much like a rainbow as possible helps with the “watched pot” factor.


11/01/2011 at 10:28 am Leave a comment

Everything garlic, with guest blogger Camille Storch

In this post, we’re excited to feature a guest writer. Camille Storch is an off-the-grid mom of two living and working in rural Oregon.  She writes about ecology, agriculture, and the reality of her modest but joyful lifestyle on her blog, Wayward Spark.

It's garlic time. Photos copyright Camille Storch.

Garlic is amazing. I’m so happy that it exists on this earth. Yeah, there’s the whole bad breath thing, but really, I could care less.

Good garlic kept in a dry storage location will last for months or even over a year. It doesn’t really NEED any specific preservation, but I’m going to offer up a couple alternatives to keeping a heads on the kitchen counter: garlic braids and homemade garlic powder. (more…)

10/25/2011 at 6:36 pm Leave a comment

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