Mixed Greens Blog

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Living Sustainably in the Pacific Northwest

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Happy 5th Birthday, Mixed Greens Blog

It’s been five years since Sally and I put up our first post on Mixed Greens and I’m happy to say, we’re still going strong. Stronger than ever actually, with January as our biggest month yet for visitors. And yes, that’s satisfying but what’s even better has been getting to work with my dear friend […]

Gift Jars of Homemade Stuff, Like Chocolate Sauce

To be gifted with a chocolate sauce that we might rarely indulge in buying for ourselves is permission to enjoy something lavish and delicious, even if just a teaspoon at a time. Ice cream, vanilla or coffee, are the obvious recipients of this sauce, but it also melts beautifully into a cup of steaming hot […]

The Season for Ginger: Gingersnaps & Gingerbread

My maternal grandmother had twelve children and fifty-some grandchildren, my first cousins. She had a garden and chickens to tend, a big batch of kids, clothes to sew, dinners to cook. In later years life was calmer. She greeted us in her large kitchen and invited every grandchild who visited to dig into her cookie […]

The Only Cake You Need to Bake

I’m not a baker but this Flourless Chocolate Cake is so easy it makes me feel like I could be one. It’s hard to mess up with only five ingredients — and unlike most cakes, you don’t have to be all that precise with your measurements. You can bake it up to a week ahead […]

A Beloved Brownie Lives On

We visited Desolation Sound again last week and among the many pleasures of the early fall vacation there was remembering my mother and father-in-law, their connection with this place, and how they brought us to it. Perfect weather, kayaking, picnics, hot tubbing, family lore, sleep, reading, good food. There’s no running to the grocery store, […]

Apple Pie in July

One of the best things about getting older is that I’m rarely motivated to do things out of guilt anymore but I’ll have to admit, I gave in last week to our old yellow transparent apple tree. This tree came with our house, twenty-some years ago and who knows how long before that it was […]

Baked Blueberry & Apple Pudding

Three blueberry bushes in the front yard are dripping with fruit. With cream or Greek yogurt, blueberries are the perfect summer dessert. Fresh, fast, delish. Jackpot. Or, make something gooey, which is another kind of healthy. The Brits love a good pudding, meaning any dessert, so this recipe is a nod of respect to their […]

When Life Gives You Sour Cherries . . .

. . make cherry pie. Our Montmorency cherry tree is having its annual 15-minutes of fame. Loaded with bright pink and golden cherries, it glows festively and looks like it’s been decorated with a string of lights. Cherries are enticing and children sometimes find their hot pinkness irresistible, grab a couple and pop them straight […]

Berried Treasure: Polenta Cake

I’m thinking that this Polenta Cake might actually be good for you. Or, if that’s a stretch I could put it another way, that it might not be all that bad for you. Polenta (cornmeal), less flour and sugar than other cake recipes, almonds, no butter, no frosting . . . see where I’m going […]

My (Almost) Edible Gift: Homemade Nutella

Just mention nutella to anyone who’s tried it and their eyes will light up and you can feel their fingers itching to grab a spoon and dig in. That’s what inspired me to try my hand at a homemade version of this addictive chocolate hazelnut spread. I had visions of slipping a jar into gift […]