Korean Lettuce Wraps

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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Mildly Manic in Austin, Texas

July 4, 2012

We are winding up the last day of our vacation in Austin, Texas.  The entire family came from the East Coast to see if Lyle Lovett was right and that “Texas wants us anyway.”  What a wonderful stay we have had! I came early and took four kids to a true slice of Americana – […]

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Confessions of a Non-Athlete

June 28, 2012

I have stepped out of my comfort zone and joined the local YMCA.  I wrote about my difficulties with organized exercise in the post In The Privacy of My Own Home but I think I’m ready to try again!  Though I would rather read a book any day, it was time to move. True confession, […]

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Grilled Zucchini and Onions

June 25, 2012

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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Type-A Conference Musings

June 23, 2012

      I have come back to the Type A Parent Conference for a second time and am ready to learn ways to make a few more ripples in the blogosphere! I have been to two other blogging conferences since the inception of the Mildly manic Mom.  Lat year at the Type A Conference […]

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Quinoa with Black Beans and Roasted Corn

June 18, 2012

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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Grilled Romaine Salad with Blue Cheese

June 14, 2012

                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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Broccoli Slaw with Mandarin Oranges and Ramen

June 11, 2012

POTLUCK. What just popped in your head?   My first potlucks were at Southern Baptist churches and included casseroles and fried chicken and tables and tables of desserts.  In college, the Math Education department had potlucks and I had my first introduction to sushi  – big moment in the late 80′s!  I went with my […]

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Three Bean Summer Salad

May 21, 2012

It has been a long time since a recipe has really inspired me.  Those of you who follow the blog can attest to my lack of inspiration lately but summer is coming and the garden is growing and the cooking muse has returned! I found this recipe in the Cooking Light Summer Cookbook in their […]

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Cheese and Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

March 27, 2012

                For the past couple years I have read in all of my foodie magazines about quinoa.  There were lots of quinoa salads that did not really appeal to me and the bag I bought sat for many lonely months in the cupboard.  As this super-grain became more […]

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