Mixed Greens Blog

Mixed Greens Blog
Living Sustainably in the Pacific Northwest

About Sally

Recent insight: Were it not for the urgency of trying to save a planet for our children, living sustainably would just be another way to enjoy the good life.

Childhood drama: A snapshot might feature pastures, fields of potatoes and sugar beets, the fumbling pursuit of chickens and horses. Each made their impression, but my grandmother’s half-acre vegetable garden and its sun-warmed tomatoes were the clincher. With the deliciousness of those earliest tomatoes began my visceral relationship with the character of certain foods. I must admit, for example, that I’m involved in a pretty serious long-term relationship with tomatoes.

Destiny: When I began making dill pickles, canning tomatoes and sauce, jam and chutney with produce from our garden and farmer’s markets, I recognized the inevitable, that we do eventually become our mothers and grandmothers.

Past, present & future: A career educator, learning and teaching continue but are revitalized with new tools, my own version of those rural roots, and a vision that includes food, photography and sustainability.

A mission: It seems like the right time to become acquainted with the distinct produce of the Pacific Northwest and seasonal cycles unique to our place on the planet.

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Cucumbers Salads

Last summer three plants produced bushels of cucumbers, enough for batches of sweet and sour pickles, cucumber salads every night, thinly sliced on sandwiches, and plenty for friends. Not that these beauties are a nuisance. Just saying, cucumbers, there are a lot of you. By the time late summer rolls around a person might have […]

With a Cooler & a Coleman Stove

Cooking and eating outdoors. I just returned from a hiking-biking-camping trip to southeastern Utah – yes, the SUN still shines somewhere – so camp cooking came up during our meeting. I like to eat as well as possible no matter where I am so I’m motivated to arrange for a decent meal even via a […]

Cinderella Story, Celeriac Salad & Shrimp

Or maybe it’s The Ugly Duckling story. What’s beneath Celeriac’s gnarly surface is a beautiful thing. Dress it up and take it out for dinner. If you wear a beret and call it *Céleri Rémoulade it’s French. I’ve purchased this salad in a to-go box at Pasta & Co, loved it, and  thought I’d try […]

Cookie Kisses

Orange-Cornmeal Sandies. My friend Linda gave me these cookies for Christmas, a tin full of delicate, crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth morsels. That these cookies came to me in the form of pigs should have been a hint. But no. To say that I liked them is an understatement. My husband now swears he never had a single […]

Julia’s French Onion Soup With a PNW Accent

We love Julia Child because she relishes making hoity-toity French food, but brings it down to earth. Pun intended. When she drops a chicken on the floor or licks her fingers we know she’s one of us. I’ve made her French onion soup for years and while she’s specific about process, ingredients are straightforward. As […]

Resolutionary Thoughts: Snacks Unwrapped & Plastic

I’m reading the paper the other morning, oblivious to the impending New Year, when from across the room Bob asked if I had resolutions for 2010. Not yet, was my absent-minded reply. But then the brain started buzzing, independent of what I thought I wanted it to do, and it began to muse about the […]