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Living In: Kadena Ab, Okinawa, Japan
Member Since: Oct. 2008
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing
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Blog...  8 posts
Jan. 16, 2010 7:18 pm 
Updated: Jan. 18, 2010 2:10 pm
  My husband and I have slowly been getting more and more into fitness and health over the past year. While we were exercising fairly regularly, we still weren't eating very healthy. We did eat healthier than a lot of people, but we still were not being nearly as healthy as we should… MORE
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Mmmm. Fresh home-baked cookies!!
About this Cook
I'm Amanda. I live in Okinawa, Japan on the Air Force base. My husband and I are here for a three year tour. I love to cook and bake (obviously), and I am *so* thankful that my kitchen has a TON of counter space. I'm a beginner with cooking, still getting the hang of things, but I love experimenting. I prefer cooking with fresh, local, preferably organic foods if I can get my hands on some, but if not I'll still cook and bake and cook and bake anyway!
My favorite things to cook
Lately I've been fixing up a lot of Asain dishes and trying out new dessert recipes. My interests change a lot though, so in a week I may be trying home baked bread recipes. Who knows? Haha! (Actually, home baked bread does sound good :D)
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family will make the best breakfast casseroles and stratas for Christmas brunch.
My cooking triumphs
Once, I made a batch of muffins that I felt disappointed with. I felt the recipe was too bland and wasn't sweet enough. The next day, a couple of friends stopped by and tried the muffins. One of my friends immediately exclaimed that the muffins were "amazing" while the other friend told me that I had a "gift" with baking. After that the muffins didn't taste so bad to me either :)
My cooking tragedies
There were many, many times when I was younger that I would forget to put the sugar in cakes and other desserts. Oops! :) After a few nightmares, I've gotten good at remembering. Haha!
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Banana Blueberry Muffins
These were very, very good! I don't understand why some people said they weren't sweet enough. I thought they were perfect. If you want sweet, make cupcakes, not muffins.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 30, 2010
Chicken and Peppers with Balsamic Vinegar
This is delicious! I marinated the chicken in balsamic vinegarette all day. It has such a nice flavor. My husband and I had just had rice the day before so I served it with couscous instead. Great dish!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 12, 2009
Blueberry Muffins I
These were okay. They certainly weren't bad, but I feel they need a little tweaking in order to make them *really* good. I made them just as written and you could taste the baking powder a little too much... I'm not sure if they need less baking powder, or more sugar...

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 4, 2009

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