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It’s Back at the Market: Asparagus

To every thing there is a season and asparagus says Spring in the Northwest like no other vegetable. The highly anticipated arrival of local asparagus at the University District Farmers Market signals the floodgates are opening and from here on out, there will be new and exciting produce arriving every week. Those of us who […]

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 […]

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 […]

I Yam A Sweet Potato

At least I think I yam. If you’re confused about what’s a sweet potato and what’s a yam you’re not alone. When I poked around to *clarify their identities I thought I had it, and then went to the grocery store. Their labels contradicted my research. I think, I’m pretty sure, this photo correctly labels […]

Get Thee to the Farmers Market

Four years and nearly 600 posts later, Mixed Greens blog is still going strong. Sally and I continue to encourage everyone to eat locally and live sustainably. My commitment to the local food movement began with a weekly trip to the farmers market.  Every Saturday morning, now year-round, Charlie and I do much of our […]

Farm to Vase: Local Flowers

I’ve always considered myself lucky to have a “flower name” because I adore flowers but then, who doesn’t? Making a bouquet for the kitchen table is a habit I’ve had for as long as I can remember. It can be practically anything from the yard — flowers, grasses, fruits, herbs, branches, even vegetables gone to […]

Big Corn, Little Corn

If you haven’t eaten any sweet corn this summer, now’s the time. I’m not asking you to go out and buy high-fructose-genetically-modified corn — the stuff grown from seed from large companies like Monsanto. I’m talking farmers market, small producer heirloom corn. I doubt many of us west of the Cascades were able to grow […]

Sweet On Sweet Potatoes, Finally

When I was a kid sweet potatoes were never the apple of my eye and neither were baking powder biscuits, but here they are together in a recipe. My grandmother deftly made thousands of biscuits through the years and they were everyone else’s favorite. I understood that her biscuits were deeply appreciated even though I […]

Perfectly Hard-Boiled

Until you’ve eaten a couple of hard-boiled eggs tough enough to bounce off the pavement and tinged with grayish green, you might think that boiling an egg is no big deal. There seem to be a variety of approaches to the perfectly hard-boiled egg, one that isn’t overdone and has none of that greenish aura […]

A Fool for Rhubarb, It’s Hot Pink & Heralds Spring

What can I say? She’s a babe. Eight weeks ago rhubarb lay dormant in her own leafy compost, today with hot pink stalks and abundant crinkly leaves ablaze, she struts her stuff. These first leafings are positively iridescent in their exuberance. (Don’t even think about eating them!) Enough for a small bowl of sauce. The […]