Mixed Greens Blog

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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 […]

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 […]

A Party: An 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, prosciutto-wrapped […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Grilled Cheese Grows Up

Growing up I used to love grilled cheese sandwiches, made with white spongy bread and sliced american cheese — especially when paired with a bowl of Campbell’s tomato soup. I still think this combo makes a pretty ideal lunch only now I eat some homemade tomato soup from my freezer and use mostly local ingredients […]

Homemade chips for couch potatoes

If you make it at home does it become a guilt-free indulgence or just another indulgence that we could live without but don’t want to? Potato chips, kale chips, caramel corn, cheesey crackers, stuff that’s fun to eat, easier than you might think to make, and without the packaging and mystery ingredients. No preservatives here. […]

Summer Vegetable Roast Au Jus

Before you head for the beach, roast a pan full of tomatoes, peppers, fennel and garlic, add balsamic to their pan juices, then soft goat or ricotta cheese (or any soft cheese). A luscious serving of summer on a platter. Serve it up with bread, pasta, rice, spaghetti squash. With pasta, this was the center […]