Mixed Greens Blog

Mixed Greens Blog
Living Sustainably in the Pacific Northwest

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Here’s To Your Health

A healthy but delicious lifestyle is always on my want-to-do list for the New Year, along with a few other resolutions which I write down and sometimes actually accomplish. I don’t beat myself up, much, if something doesn’t get done, but I try to make the list appealing, accomplishable. Like, make Tiramisu could be on […]

Fooling Around With Risotto

It’s lemons and clam nectar that I’d like to put on the table, or to be more exact, into a pot of bubbling risotto. If you’ve never made risotto before, it might be time. Perfectly beautiful winter food it is, here are a couple of really simple ways to change it up. Lemons. It’s a […]

Earthy Romance, Wild Mushrooms & Farro

Mushrooms in the wild can be an exquisite find. Part of the appeal is the lushness of their immediate surroundings, the delicate moss, decaying leaves, spent pine needles, towering trees, and the quiet. If a soup composed of edible wild mushrooms, farro and a few herbs could be the culinary complement of that scene . […]

Beet Burger Beats Bulgur Burger

Summer is bbq season and it seems at every picnic these days there’s at least one person who doesn’t eat meat, gluten, dairy or last weekend, not even zucchini!! I guess there are always tofu hot dogs or frozen garden burgers for those folks but I was inspired to do a little experimenting into the […]

Pangrattato: A Poor Girl’s Parmesan

While working on my taxes, I thought I’d take a look at our grocery budget from last year. I don’t consider myself extravagant and buy very few processed foods, but still, it was high enough that I don’t even want to share it other than to say, there’s definitely room for improvement. Seriously. I want […]

Irish Soda Bread . . . So Good, So Quick

To you Irish out there, thank you for the rich culture you’ve brought to the world, like Irish Soda Bread for example. I might have a trickle of Irish blood in my veins, but I doubt it. Even so, on a trip through Ireland, years ago, I felt a kinship with the place and the […]

Beloved Noodles

My grandmother’s homemade noodles may be at the heart of the best and the worst of my culinary point of view. On the one hand it’s the let’s-roll-up-our-sleeves-and-make-it-from-scratch attitude, on the other is the nothing-store-bought-will-taste-as-good attitude, which is sometimes nonsense. With a child’s culinary perspective, my appreciation for homemade noodles began early. Chicken and noodles […]

Sweet On Sweet Potatoes, Finally

When I was a kid sweet potatoes were never the apple of my eye and neither were baking powder biscuits, but here they are together in a recipe. My grandmother deftly made thousands of biscuits through the years and they were everyone else’s favorite. I understood that her biscuits were deeply appreciated even though I […]

Emmer Farro Salad All Dressed Up In Fresh Herbs

Herbs in the garden set the scene for culinary magic. In this case emmer farro is part of the wizardry. When I planted an herb garden just outside the back door a dozen years ago I had no idea how much it would simplify and influence our cooking, the ability to have what is needed […]

Irish Soda Bread, So Good So Quick

To you Irish out there, thank you for the rich culture you and yours have brought to the world, like Irish Soda Bread for example. I might have a trickle of Irish blood in my veins, but I doubt it. Even so, on a trip through Ireland, years ago, I felt a kinship with the […]