Mixed Greens Blog

Mixed Greens Blog
Living Sustainably in the Pacific Northwest

Season’s Eatings rss

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 […]

Fannie Farmer & My Squash Casserole

When I was a young mother I took the role of feeding my family very seriously starting with growing fresh produce to cooking meals from scratch. Summer squash was easy to grow, sometimes so easy that I ended up with much more than we needed and was constantly trying to think of new ways to […]

One Enchanted Summer Evening Supper

Thirteen friends, the December dinner group, met for supper mid-August. We had a blast wearing flip flops and shorts instead of boots and sweaters. We gathered in the backyard, used many of our own vegetables and herbs, and enjoyed food mostly made ahead. The Menu: Roasted summer vegetables with goat cheese ricotta on crostinis and […]

Fruity Salsa Dancing

I’m on a fruit salsa kick and there’s no slow down in sight. Give me a bowl of fruit and I’ll whip up a bowl of salsa in no time and then it gets eaten just as quickly. Wait for me to make a pie and you probably won’t get one before summer fruit season […]

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 […]

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, […]