Mixed Greens Blog

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Living Sustainably in the Pacific Northwest

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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 […]

Gluten-Free Bread Winner

I’m not gluten intolerant but when I came across a recipe for a “Life-Changing Bread”, I’ll have to say that I was intrigued. I had my doubts that any one food can change your life, but this bread has come pretty close to doing just that. It would probably be more accurate to say that […]

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 […]

With Pumpkin & Eggnog, Still French

This time of year there’s a lot of focus on ornaments, roasts of beast, trays of sweet things . . . presents, glitter and glitz galore. And then there’s breakfast. Whew. A quiet time with just you or a few and it can be very special too. Here are a some of our favorites from […]

Festive Farro Salad Fit For A Feast

The vibrancy of a Christmas tree inspired this festive farro salad. Farro – we love you, but you’re not exactly dazzling – and kale, a deliciously textured grain and a winter green, each a vehicle for almost anything, in this case dried fruit and a citrus dressing.  With dried cranberries, cherries, apricots, candied hazelnuts, a […]

Turkey Soup Anytime

If you saved the turkey bones from Thanksgiving, you have everything you need to make a fabulous turkey soup. But those of us who were a guests at the table of family or friends, don’t despair. Homemade turkey soup is so easy to make, I cook a big steaming pot every couple of weeks throughout […]

Feast Mode: Come Join Our Thanksgiving Table

Theoretically speaking, Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be cranberries, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, Brussel’s sprouts, Waldorf salad, biscuits, butter, whipped cream . . . all that, plus. Theoretically. A few years ago I saw a country vegetable garden with this sign outside the gate: Dear Deer, It’s almost Thanksgiving and it […]

Feast-worthy Crispy Shallots

This is a shallot strutting its stuff, like onion rings, but tiny. They sit courteously on top of almost anything and make it even better than it already was. They’re winter’s parsley, not as green and fresh, but perhaps more comforting in their crispy-golden-fried countenance. Crispy shallots add crunchy appeal to almost anything on a […]

Apple Cider Rules

Ever wonder how apple cider is made?  If you have plenty of apples and access to a cider press, you can make your own. One box of apples will make about 2 -3  gallons of cider. Renting a press is an option or you can offer an extra set of hands if you know someone […]

Crunchy & Tasty, Not Scary, Roasted Pumpkin Wedges

My sister Annie lives in eastern Canada and sent me two books, which arrived in the mail last week. She says they’re in honor of Canadian Thanksgiving. Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi and The Third Plate by Dan Barber. Both look fabulous, but her intention and generosity are the biggest gift. Plus, we’ll have a Plenty-inspired […]