Grow Your Blog

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If you are visiting from the “Grow Your Blog” party — Welcome to “Cooking with Amanda!”  — I am Amanda and I love to cook. After 23 years in the field of graphic design, I lost my job due to a layoff last summer. While I was out of work, I was looking to keep busy and do something fun, so I created this blog! It has been a perfect distraction. I’ve actually been blogging for years. But this is my first time doing a “cooking” blog. I have a personal blog, a blog about my dog (Jenny the Corgi!) and a blog about my love for all things Aldi. But, “Cooking With Amanda” is my favorite and the one I’d really like to grow.

Jenny the Corgi

So a little about me… aside from being a graphic designer and a self-proclaimed ‘cook’, I also enjoy photography. I’ve been learning a great deal about food photography with this blog and am hoping to become a better photographer through this endeavor. I am married to a wonderful man, who also happens to be an ‘artsy’ type. He also just happens to be a photographer, so he will give advice as needed or requested. And he’ll even let me borrow his lights or his ‘studio’ if I want to use it. Sometimes he uses some of my ‘food creations’ to take his own photos for his stock photography business.


I grew up a Navy brat. I was born in Florida, lived in Virginia and then Puerto Rico. Then my dad retired. To Maine. Imagine moving from Puerto Rico to Maine. (It was a COLD first winter!!) I have now lived in the Northeast (aside from a brief stint in Kentucky) since 1978. I am currently living in the snow belt known as Syracuse, NY. We get A LOT of snow. If you haven’t experienced Lake Effect, you have not lived. (I kid.) I’m not a big fan of snow. Or cold. But this is home. And they do take good care of the roads here. If we get 20″ of snow, it doesn’t slow us down much.

Upstate NY Snow

My son just entered his first year of college this past fall. I thought it would be harder, but it’s actually been an easy transition. We now have an ’empty nest’ and have been making the most of it. We even went on a vacation to our favorite place on earth (Cape Cod!) during the ‘off’ season. It was wonderful. I’m pretty sure we started a new tradition! I think the hardest thing I’ve had to deal with in the ’empty nest’ era is learning how to cook for 2. We’ve had to endure lots of leftovers. But the overall food bill has been considerably lower!

Cape Cod

I look forward to meeting new people and discovering some wonderful new blogs. Feel free to contact me if you’d like. My contact information is on the side bar. You can follow me on Twitter or Instagram as well. Or follow the blog! All the links are on the side. I try to update the blog several times per week. I went back to work full-time a few weeks ago, so I haven’t been able to post as much as I would like. But I do try to get as many posts up per week as possible. If you have any ideas or recipes to share, please send them my way!

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37 thoughts on “Grow Your Blog

    bethnpenn said:
    January 25, 2015 at 6:52 am

    Glad you joined the Grow Your Blog event. It is fun and you will meet lots of new folks. Hi to Jenny!!!

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    Rachel said:
    January 25, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Hi Amanda and Jenny the Corgi 🙂 Looking forward to trying out some of your recipes – happy to have found you through the GYB party 🙂

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      Amanda responded:
      January 25, 2015 at 10:03 am

      Thank you for stopping by Rachel!


    Bernice said:
    January 25, 2015 at 9:46 am

    What a nice post Amanda so we can get to know you better. I am from the Buffalo NY area so I know about lake effect snow! And I am not a fan either.

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    Amanda responded:
    January 25, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Thanks, Bernice! Were you buried in that 7′ of snow that Buffalo had not too long ago? That was a crazy storm!


    Lorraine said:
    January 25, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Hi Amanda. Thank you for visiting my blog today. It’s so nice to meet you and I can’t wait to try some of your recipes. We’re going to get 12-18″ of snow this week and I’m going to make a shopping list now to be prepared to give some recipes a go.

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      Amanda responded:
      January 25, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      Thanks Lorraine! Good luck with that snow this week!! And thanks for stopping by!


    Ariadne said:
    January 25, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Hi Amanda, your mum and I just got to know each other from Grow your Blog and she suggested that I visited you too. Reading the title of your blog I realised we might not have much in common as I don’t really love to cook but on the other hand I thought that maybe since I too live now only with my husband as my son is in University and we eat a lot of leftovers too, maybe you will inspire me to cook for two ! Anyway I am an avid sea glass collector and do various handicrafts. ariadnesky(at)hotmail(dot)com AriadnefromGreece!

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      Asia King said:
      January 25, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      Hello Amanda!

      Thank you for taking part in this year’s Grow Your Blog event! I enjoyed reading about you and your blog :). I would like to wish you every success in your blogging adventure. 

      Have a fabulous weekend and a happy GYB! Hugs, Asia

      If you’d like to visit me back and find out more about my blog Under a Creative Spell, that would be fab!

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        Amanda responded:
        January 25, 2015 at 2:13 pm

        Thanks for stopping by Asia, I am on my way over to your place now! 🙂


      Amanda responded:
      January 25, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      Thanks for visiting Ariadne! Hope I can inspire you with some recipes for 2! 🙂


    Birgit said:
    January 25, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Hi Amanda,

    First of all, thanks for visiting my blog earlier today — so very much appreciated. 🙂 Sure thing I have already signed up for getting email updates when you post something new. I love the way you present your blog (the graphic designer is showing here!), I love your photos (no big surprise), and I love Jenny (who could resist THAT face?!). 🙂

    Would be lovely to stay in touch!

    Lots of greetings from Munich, Germany,

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      Amanda responded:
      January 25, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Birgit!!


    Sara said:
    January 25, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Hi Amanda. I’m visiting from the GYB party. I love cooking and eating so I’m following your blog via email. I also share some of my recipes on my blog, so have a look if you are interested (
    Happy blogging!

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      Amanda responded:
      January 25, 2015 at 8:08 pm

      Thank you for stopping by Sara! Love your blog too!! It’s fun how much in common we have living half a world away. 🙂


        Sara said:
        January 26, 2015 at 4:01 am

        It really is! That’s why these GYB parties are so cool 🙂


    rebeccahaegele said:
    January 25, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Thanks for visiting my blog, I am following yours on my Reading List.

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    Pinkz said:
    January 25, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    First of all, thank you for dropping by to say hello on GYB and secondly, I love your smile, keep smiling! I hear you my friend for the snow part, being in the coldest part of the globe. Following up on some yummy recipes and clicks of yours! Stay warm!

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      Amanda responded:
      January 25, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Pinkz! Thanks for you kind words as well. Stay warm yourself. We’ve got a long winter still ahead!


    Bleubeard and Elizabeth said:
    January 25, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    I’ve been here awhile. I got caught up in the recipes you create. Although I’m a vegetarian, I love many of the things you make. You sure made me hungry with those potatoes you cooked.

    Loved the corgi. I have a dear friend who wants one.

    Loved the visit, too, since this is my first time at GYB.

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      Amanda responded:
      January 25, 2015 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks for stopping by! I will do my best to include more vegetarian recipes. I have many that I make on a regular basis.


    paintedthread said:
    January 25, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Peeked through a few of your posts – looks like a fun blog! Your corgi is cute. (and Cape Cod on the off season is the best!) Thanks for sharing on GYB. I look forward to reading your blog.

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      Amanda responded:
      January 25, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      Thanks for stopping by!! Hope you enjoy the blog! 🙂


    sarahhuizenga said:
    January 25, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    I love Corgis, and yours is adorable. If I was ever to give up Goldens I would get a Corgi, but I love my golden and I love having a big dog with me when I am out exploring. He would never do anything to anyone but people are afraid of big dogs, bonus for me. Empty nest life is great, but yes cooking for two is challenging. My husband also travels for work, so one or two nights a week it is just me. I have a salad and call it good. No fuss no muss.


      Amanda responded:
      January 25, 2015 at 8:21 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Sarah! Your Golden is beautiful! I can see why you love him so much. Jenny thinks she’s a big dog, but her short little legs say otherwise!


    Zenda said:
    January 25, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    I’m visiting from GYB and enjoyed seeing your blog! You have some delicious looking recipes! I’ll be back – following you now.


      Amanda responded:
      January 25, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      Thanks for visiting the blog Zenda! You have a lovely blog and I will be enjoying your recipe and photography posts!


    Phoebe @ Lou Messugo said:
    January 26, 2015 at 6:31 am

    Hi Amanda, I’ma huge foodie and always happy to follow food blogs! I’m visiting from GYB and look forward to reading more of your recipes and tips.

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      Amanda responded:
      January 26, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      Hi Phoebe! Thanks for visiting! I just returned from you blog and am so impressed! Love your photography! Look forward to reading more updates and seeing more of your travels.


    Sarah said:
    January 26, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Hello I am from the party and wanted to say hello! I am following you on twitter and instagram! Cant wait to read more of your recipes!

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    MA said:
    January 27, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Oh my – I just scrolled down and saw all those marvelous pictures of food and now I’m starving!!! Thank you for inviting us to visit (and please give Jenny some special scritches for me).

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    Karin said:
    January 28, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Hi Amanda, I really enjoyed my trip into your blog, I will definitely continue reading it!

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      Amanda responded:
      January 28, 2015 at 7:43 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Karin!


    Klik said:
    January 28, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Hello Amanda! My name is Nataly and I’m from Russia. I like to cook and like to find new recipes :). So I became your follower 🙂
    I have 3 blogs, my kitcchen

    Nice to meet you :).

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    rebeccahaegele said:
    January 29, 2015 at 6:39 am

    My empty nest begins this fall when my son goes to college. I was kind of scared about that but then my daughter told us she was expecting. So at least there will be a grandbaby to distract us.

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    Carole said:
    January 29, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Visiting from GYB, I will be trying that Bourbon Chicken.

    Liked by 1 person

    Hester said:
    March 5, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Thanks for incidoutrng a little rationality into this debate.


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