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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Posts by Sally:

Kale Caesar!

A perfect storm of conditions prompted me to a kale version of the classic Caesar: a craving for a from-scratch Caesar, a dauntingly large crop of kale in the garden, and, I have a nice batch of freshly made croutons; it’s autumn, the season for dark greens, and finally, it’s  über healthy. Croutons, garlicky dressing, […]

Raw Apple Cake for Breakfast or Birthdays

Raw Apple Cake for breakfasts or birthdays, enough for a dozen mornings or a dozen party guests.

Sum sum summertime: Tomatillo, Tomato, Corn & Ricotta Tortillas

It’s still summer and fresh corn is so good it’s almost a guilty pleasure. Take that corn off the cob and wrap it up in a tortilla with tomato, tomatillo salsa, savory ricotta, avocado, grill it in butter, and relish summer’s crème de la crème. Gild the lily with arugula, a fried egg, Dungeness crab […]

Green Beans & Julia’s Salad Niçoise

The livin’ is pretty easy at the moment with mid-summer vegetables in full swing.  Green beans, for example, are like a pair of summer sandals, culinarily speaking – they’re laid back, slip easily into any meal, and, like a comfy sandal, they make you feel good (vitamin C, iron, protein and potassium). A couple of […]

One Enchanted Summer Evening Supper

Thirteen friends, the December dinner group, met for supper mid-August. We had a blast wearing flip flops and shorts instead of boots and sweaters. We gathered in the backyard, used many of our own vegetables and herbs, and enjoyed food mostly made ahead. The Menu: Roasted summer vegetables with goat cheese ricotta on crostinis and […]

Tabbouleh & Grilled Salmon, Summertime on a Plate

Tabbouleh from the middle east meets salmon from the PNW and it’s a summer romance that tastes delicious. This is the moment for herbs. In warm, dry conditions, they flourish. Actually, it’s false to characterize herbs as having a moment, or even a season – many will last well into fall and some far beyond […]

Louie Louie, Get Down With Shrimp & Crab

Crab Louie may have its origins in San Francisco, CA, Portland, OR, or Spokane, WA, each place has a story to prove it. Anyway. Pacific Northwest-ish it is. Plus we have our iconic Louie Louie rock ‘n’ roll tune, written by Richard Berry, popularized by the Kingsmen in the 1960’s. Now it’s played at every […]

Frosty Summertime Sippin’

Browse through favorite seasonal beverages in our Mixed Greens’ digital cookbook: Rosemary Lemonade, simply herbs and water, Mojito Iced Tea, Bloody Mary Granita . . .  pull up a chair, kick back, sip.