Amanda's Cookin' Blog at (9/2010)

Amanda's Cookin'

Sep. 29, 2010 6:17 pm 
Updated: Mar. 22, 2011 7:41 am
When I was a young mom with little ones under foot, I used to think there were only two ways to cook chicken. Skin on breasts bathed in melted butter, sprinkled with salt and pepper and baked in the oven, or skinless breasts on the grill. That's about all I knew. So much has changed since MORE
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Sep. 10, 2010 4:10 pm 
Updated: Sep. 26, 2010 4:33 pm
This is the first time (but not the last) I made a cake using cornmeal. Cornmeal adds a nice texture element that you don't usually find in a cake. The glaze is the perfect addition and the blueberry sauce sends it over the edge. This is one of those "must try it" recipes! :) MORE
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Sep. 3, 2010 7:08 am 
Updated: Mar. 22, 2011 7:58 am
Do you like Mexican food? I adore it, love it, and would eat it everyday if hubby would tolerate it. I found a magazine from Better Homes & Gardens, one of their special interest publications, called Ultimate Mexican. It's a collection of authentic recipes with some awesome photos of M MORE
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Deerfield, Illinois, USA
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Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, USA

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May 2010

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Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy

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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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