Recipe Adventures

 Now that Thanksgiving is over and the big holiday season is coming, it is time for some easy comfort food.  Over the years, I have found that if the recipe starts with the disclaimer of “peasant food”, it is something I am sure to enjoy.  This recipe comes from a set in the September Cooking […]

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  We celebrated my husband’s birthday this weekend with a special treat – homemade mango ice cream and black bottom cupcakes.  This was certainly not diet food though I tried to lighten up the cupcakes a little. The ice cream idea stemmed from a gift of HUGE mangoes from a wonderful friend.  She gave me […]

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Fire up the grill because this one is a keeper!  My love affair with the chicken breast continues with this fabulous barbeque recipe from Ellie Krieger’s book The Food You Crave.  The barbeque sauce is ramped up with jalapenos and allspice then sweetened with molasses and mangoes.  The list of ingredients was a little overwhelming […]

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Fresh Tomato Pasta

by MildlyManicMom on August 2, 2012

              I’m having a hard time getting dinner even started this summer before 6:00.  The day seems to move along and all of the sudden – though I have had so much time – dinner is upon us. A quick, light recipe is exactly what I need! This is […]

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  Summertime and peaches.  These two things are inexorably intertwined in my mind.  The smell of fresh peaches takes me to the  front porch of my grandparents house in the small town of  Ward, South Carolina.  Next to Ward is Johnston – the self proclaimed Peach Capital of the World.  Georgia may claim to be […]

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My tween daughter and I am in Hilton Head, South Carolina this week with family friends.  The weather has been amazing and the company so fun.  My friend invited me and then asked if I would be interested in cooking.  The deal:  I would cook and she would buy the food.  This sounded like an […]

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Korean Lettuce Wraps

by MildlyManicMom on July 11, 2012

While we were vacationing in Austin, Texas we visited a fabulous waterpark called Schlitterbahn.  All day in the sun with four kids between 12 and 15!  I promise I went on every big slide they wanted.  We had a blast and when we went back to my brother’s house, he had these Koren Lettuce Wraps […]

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If you have ever grown zucchini you know that these plants have a life of their own.  The leaves are huge and they hide the zucchini from the sun and from you if you are not careful!  It seems a zucchini on the vine can go from “almost ready” to the size of a baseball […]

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Quinoa is one of my new favorites! It is an amazingly healthy grain full of protein and has been called a SUPERFOOD.   I appreciate that moniker but I really just enjoy the taste.  I have made turkey chili with quinoa and cheese and broccoli quinoa casserole but wanted something lighter for the summer. So I […]

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                There is a phenomenal restaurant here in Asheville called Rezaz.  Like many of the amazing food here in our Foodtopia, Reza starts with the idea of Mediterranean and then creates his own stunning interpretations.  This is my family’s restaurant for special occasions and guests and it never […]

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