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:

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.           

Luscious Farmers’ Market Moments

Waiting in line at a favorite vendor, my good friend Poppy met one of her now dearest friends at the University Farmer’s Market a few years ago. And this morning I saw a lady at the market laden with fresh produce. Observing her beautiful bounty and satisfied smile, another customer said, ‘I’ll have whatever she’s […]

Homemade Not-Too-Hot Hot Sauce

It’s all relative. This hot sauce has plenty of heat, but the recipe is about flavor first, heat second. Go for the burn with more seeds and another hot pepper or ten. Talk about heat. We had a family reunion/graduation celebration just over a week ago in Rincon, Puerto Rico, where it’s hot in more […]

Risi e Bisi Revisited

My Italian connection. He’s not exactly Italian, Irish in fact, but he can speak it and cook it like nobody’s business, plus its history, art, culture, politics. For those of us who don’t get to Italy as often as he does, Mac’s Italian feasts are mouth-watering touchstones for how it might be if we ever […]

The Best of Spring: Just Asparagus & Rhubarb for Supper

I’m introducing a novel idea that makes so much sense and it comes from, of course, my Mom. She loved to describe her favorite childhood meal: a platter of freshly harvested corn on the cob with butter and salt, strawberries for dessert. Just that. She and her eleven siblings ate well and savored that meal, […]

Mixed Greens Mornings

The a.m. food vibe. My own morning habits have gone from merely convenient and tasty to just a little bit obsessive. Smoothies are the norm six or seven mornings a week and I feel a little off if I miss a day. Toast with jam or honey, same thing. Coffee, mornings only, though there are […]

Resurrecting Rhubarb-Thyme Jam, Pie, & Alice’s Soufflé

Want something sassy and hot pink for supper? In a word, rhubarb: rhubarb-thyme jam (like a chutney), and rhubarb pie. Preceded by a light and airy, easy-to-make souffle. Aaaah, springtime. We never think to smell the rhubarb, it has way too much competition right about now, but we should. It’s a robust and gorgeous big-boned […]