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Amanda's Cookin'

Aug. 6, 2012 5:59 am 
Updated: Aug. 22, 2012 12:56 pm
Today is National Root Beer Float Day. They have a day for everything don't they? I don't have a root beer float to share, but I do have two root beer ice creams to share! Regular and chocolate (black cow). Mmmmmm! Root Beer Ice Cream Black Cow Ice CreamDo you have a favorite? MORE
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Aug. 3, 2012 11:11 am 
Updated: Aug. 3, 2012 7:07 pm
August 3rd is National Watermelon Day. To celebrate, go buy yourself a big, fat juicy watermelon, then pick a recipe or two below and enjoy! I personally can't wait to try a couple of the drinks! If you have a favorite watermelon recipe, I'd love to know what it is. Leave a link (if you have… MORE
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Aug. 2, 2012 11:46 am 
Updated: Aug. 6, 2012 5:47 am
I was really hoping I could find out why August is National Brownies at Brunch Month, but alas I came up empty. Whatever the case, brownies any time works for me, brunch or not, and it doesn't have to be in August either! I'm a big time brownie fan, my favorite one being this recipe… MORE
Brownies in a Cast Iron Skillet - Amanda's Cookin'
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About Me
My favorite things to cook
I love baking, especially cookies and cakes. :) I love cooking too, but I like to experiment, which can occasionally mean take out! ;)
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up in the convenience food era. My parents were divorced and I was a latch key kid. There weren't a whole lot of home cooked meals in my childhood, but lots of packaged and frozen goods. I try to make dinner every night for my family, though sometimes it's take out due to sports activities, etc. I'm envious of those that have their grandmother's recipes, I don't have anything like that.
My cooking triumphs
i've created a few recipes of my own, one I even won a contest for :) I love experimenting and finding new ways to combine flavors. I feel triumphant every time I bring something to my neighbors, they always give me rave reviews!
My cooking tragedies
I try to prepare whatever I can early in the day, so that the hectic afternoon is less... well, hectic! I tend to be pretty frugal, so I'm always pantry diving. I also menu plan every week, it saves me from A) running to the store in the middle of the week and B) getting take out.
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