Mixed Greens Blog

Mixed Greens Blog
Living Sustainably in the Pacific Northwest

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Orange You Glad It’s Fall?

There’s no denying our days are getting shorter but just before the endless gray begins, orange vegetables bring some vibrant color to the table to ease the transition. Not only do they provide visual warmth but they’re loaded with all sorts of goodness to help boost our immune systems as we enter into the darkness.  […]

A Little of This, A Little of That – Late Summer Pasta Salad

One of the many great joys of writing a blog with my dear friend Sally is having access to her recipes. I don’t know about you but I feel a little funny after a dinner party asking my host for the recipe to EVERYTHING we ate. Surely that would not be considered good manners so […]

Sum sum summertime: Tomatillo, Tomato, Corn & Ricotta Tortillas

It’s still summer and fresh corn is so good it’s almost a guilty pleasure. Take that corn off the cob and wrap it up in a tortilla with tomato, tomatillo salsa, savory ricotta, avocado, grill it in butter, and relish summer’s crème de la crème. Gild the lily with arugula, a fried egg, Dungeness crab […]

Bittersweet Beginnings & How to Roast a Pepper

I don’t know if I’m even ready to talk about the fact that the light is changing, Labor Day is behind us and before we know it we’ll be clad from head to toe in polar fleece. And to think that I only wore my bathing suit twice this summer — but maybe that’s a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]