Mixed Greens Blog

Mixed Greens Blog
Living Sustainably in the Pacific Northwest

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Berry Interesting…

Summer is officially here and so are the strawberries in all their luscious glory. I can’t help myself from looking for some unusual ways to enjoy this old favorite. Don’t worry, I’m eating plenty of strawberries just the way they are, straight off the plant, nothing else required except maybe a bowl of homemade granola. […]

Cucumbers Salads

Last summer three plants produced bushels of cucumbers, enough for batches of sweet and sour pickles, cucumber salads every night, thinly sliced on sandwiches, and plenty for friends. Not that these beauties are a nuisance. Just saying, cucumbers, there are a lot of you. By the time late summer rolls around a person might have […]

Cinderella Story, Celeriac Salad & Shrimp

Or maybe it’s The Ugly Duckling story. What’s beneath Celeriac’s gnarly surface is a beautiful thing. Dress it up and take it out for dinner. If you wear a beret and call it *Céleri Rémoulade it’s French. I’ve purchased this salad in a to-go box at Pasta & Co, loved it, and  thought I’d try […]

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 […]

Fennel: My New Best Frond

With the first day of spring a little more than a month away, I can feel the excitement of a new season of vegetables stirring as winter’s meals have just about run their course. I still love creamy comfort foods but I’m ready to start making the transition. Consider fennel as a refreshing palate cleanser […]

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 […]

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 […]

DIY: Cup of Noodle Soup

I never know what to eat for lunch. A sandwich feels like too much, a salad not quite enough. Soup is just right but unless I’ve made a pot of homemade, I’m out of luck because I want something fast, easy AND fresh. I’m here to tell you that I’ve found the perfect solution to […]