Making a Basic Barbecue Sauce


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Barbecue Sauce

Dedicated community servant and student Cody Gotchall is enrolled in at Linn-Benton Community College’s iLearn program. Cody Gotchall loves making and enjoying barbecue ribs and is very particular about the ribs and sauce. He enjoys pork that is moist and barbecue sauce that is well-balanced without being bland.

Making your own barbecue sauce is much simpler than you may think. Most barbecue sauces, at least those that are tomato-based, start with three ingredients: ketchup, honey, and mustard. For roughly two cups of barbecue sauce, combine 1/4 cup yellow mustard, 1/4 cup honey, and 1 1/2 cup of ketchup. This will create a simple barbecue sauce base that balances sweet, salty, and tangy flavors.

From this base, you can add additional ingredients to your barbecue sauce, such as salt, garlic powder, smoked paprika, or Worcestershire sauce. These additional ingredients help you jazz up your barbecue sauce and tailor it to the specific meal you are planning. There are nearly limitless combinations when it comes to adding ingredients, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavors until your find your perfect sauce.

You can also substitute some of the basic ingredients for more exciting ones, such as using Dijon mustard instead of yellow mustard or molasses rather than honey.


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OSU’s Jake Thompson Selected by Boston Red Sox in MLB Draft


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Jake Thompson

A student at Linn-Benton Community College, Cody Gotchall is a passionate community volunteer who has worked with nonprofit organizations such as the Heartland Humane Society and Habitat for Humanity. Cody Gotchall is a former Oregon State University (OSU) student and enjoys following the school’s baseball team.

For the second consecutive year, the OSU Beavers have had five players selected in the annual Major League Baseball (MLB) Amateur Draft. One player, Jake Thompson, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound right-handed pitcher, was selected in the fourth round by the Boston Red Sox. A native of Florence, Oregon, Thompson spent four seasons at OSU, where he compiled a career win-loss record of 20-7 to go along with an earned run average (ERA) of 3.14. He allowed only 181 hits and struck out 199 batters through 232 innings. He had a career-best season in 2017 when he won 14 of his 19 starts and recorded an impressive ERA of 1.96.

On July 7 Thompson agreed to a professional contract worth $350,000, which is roughly $45,000 below the slot value for where he was selected. Upon signing with the Red Sox he was sent to the Lowell Spinners, the team’s minor-league affiliate in the New York-Pennsylvania League.

Three Tips for after You Donate Blood


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Donate Blood

Corvallis, Oregon, resident Cody Gotchall attends Linn-Benton Community College and hopes one day to get a job in mathematical pattern recognition. In his free time, Cody Gotchall likes to give back by donating blood with the American Red Cross (ARC).

Donating blood can be an easy yet potentially life-saving gesture that may end up helping someone in desperate need. The ARC website offers multiple tips for donors who have just given blood, including these three.

1. Drink More Liquid – After donating, ARC recommends drinking an extra eight ounces of liquid over the next 24 hours. Moreover, it advises against drinking any alcohol during that time.

2. Take it Easy – Avoid any strenuous work or exercise for the rest of the day after donating blood. Should you begin experiencing lightheadedness or dizziness, ARC suggests you sit or lie down until it subsides.

3. Stop Bleeding – If you notice yourself bleeding from the needle’s puncture mark, raise your arm while applying pressure for five to 10 minutes or until the bleeding subsides.