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Living Sustainably in the Pacific Northwest

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Presto. It’s Pesto

Take a bunch of something fresh and green — basil, arugula, parsley, cilantro or even broccoli. Add a clove or two of garlic. Half a cup of toasted nuts — walnuts, pine nuts or pumpkin seeds, some sea salt and hard cheese ( or try this vegan version with nutritional yeast instead). Put it all […]

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 […]

Summer Squash: Five Ways in Five Days

I love a good challenge and thinking of five different ways to prepare an abundance of summer squash without feeling like I’m eating the same meal over and over was a contest I felt ready to take on. Eating seasonally means just that. When produce is in season, that’s the time to go for it […]

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.           

Some Like it Cold: Coffee & Tea

Hot, humid weather and iced tea go hand-in-hand in the South where I grew up. No matter what the occasion, glass after glass of sweet tea was the signature drink of my childhood for everyone — from the kids on up to grandparents. So much so that whenever we have family visiting from North Carolina, […]

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 […]

Parsley Steals the Show

Polite parsley — she never draws attention to her own bright self. Invite her to any party and she’s content to stand by and let everyone else shine by her mere presence. I thought it was high time this under-appreciated herb got her day in the sun so I set out to find recipes where […]

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 […]

Savoring Summer Smoothies

While we’re all anxiously waiting for berry season to begin at the farmers market, I thought I’d slip in a couple of savory smoothie ideas to hold you over. It’s hard not to get obsessed with the exquisite berries available to us in the Northwest but in the meantime, rhubarb and mint are in season […]

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 […]