Mixed Greens Blog

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Raw Apple Cake for Breakfast or Birthdays

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

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 […]

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 […]

Still Life with Blossoms

The big beautiful blossoms in my garden are begging to be photographed and the timing couldn’t be better. I’ve recently discovered the rich and wonderful world of photography e-courses, primarily those taught by Kim Klassen. Oh my goodness…. If I were to try to dream up my ideal course, hers would be it — she’s […]

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 […]

Get Started: Plant Some Greens

Vegetable starts, I love you. For years, I was under the illusion that since planting seeds takes longer, I should garden the slow way. Now I know better. Don’t get me wrong, planting seeds is a great option, especially if you want a particular variety or if you plan to do successive planting. For my […]

Wintertime Backyard Foraging & Decorating

You could call it foraging, or you could call it scavenging or poking around. You might call it crazy. Whatever, it’s what Poppy and I both love to do, at the beach, in the park, in the backyard, when we notice and save little bits of things. This time of year that means leaves and […]

Botanical Alchemy with India Flint

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of taking an awe-inspiring natural dye workshop with Australian textile artist, India Flint who describes herself as a “maker of marks, forest wanderer & tumbleweed, stargazer & stitcher, botanical alchemist & string twiner, working traveler, dreamer, writer.” That description alone was all the encouragement I needed to sign […]

Roasted Tomato Sauce, A Walk in the Park

  In the day or two before leaving on vacation I’m running around like crazy, and really, I wouldn’t mind a walk in the park. I’ll be in *Desolation Sound, maybe kayaking, maybe swimming or tide pooling as this post is published, but in the meantime I have all these tomatoes on the vine that […]

Poetry on the Vine

Oh Blueberry, oh Cucumber you refresh beyond measure, Orbs of plump purple and crunchy green garden treasure. You cluster and vine, produce with such skill, If I don’t eat you somebody else will. Salads, pickles and pies you define, Oh Blueberry, oh Cucumber you are too sublime. I’m a little bit smitten. Maybe you noticed. […]