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Hummingbird Cake

Recipe for Hummingbird Cake on Amanda's Cookin'

In the late 1970’s Southern Living magazine published a recipe from L.H. Wiggins called Hummingbird Cake. While that may have been the first known publication, it’s said that this cake has been a traditional favorite in southern cuisine since the mid 19th century. Recipe for Hummingbird Cake Hummingbird Cake is usually three round layers containing bananas, cinnamon, pineapple and pecans,   Read More »

Key West Grilled Chicken Salad

Key West Grilled Chicken Salad

It was purely coincidental that I developed this salad recipe, inspired by the flavors of Florida. I’m a huge chicken fan, especially in salads, so when I happened across a marinade titled Key West Grilled Chicken I knew there was something in the making. There’s a perfect balance of sweet and savory, juicy and crunch. An ideal salad I’ll definitely   Read More »

John Wayne Casserole

John Wayne Casserole, Amanda's Cookin'

I think my food blog just had a heart attack. I haven’t posted here in four months. My craft blog and craft business keeps me so busy that I just haven’t had time. But that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped cooking. The baking has slowed down a lot, but dinner must go on. And now that I’ve moved my business out   Read More »

Checkerboard Cake for Easter

Checkerboard Cake for Easter

Checkerboard cake is often made with yellow cake and chocolate cake, which makes for a striking contrast. From the moment that I saw my friend Sue’s Green Velvet Checkerboard Cake, I knew I wanted to make one. With Easter right around the corner, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to make a pastel checkerboard cake! I actually adapted Dorie   Read More »

Easter Bunny Cupcakes

Easter Bunny Cupcakes

I’m not a cake decorator. Have never claimed to be, but I guess that’s what I liked so much about these bunny cupcakes. You don’t have to be a decorator to make them. They are easy enough for anyone and oh so cute, who could resist? Easter is coming, so you might want to add these to your list of   Read More »

How to Make Tie Dye Easter Eggs

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Dominic, my 12 year old, is the youngest of 4 kids. He still enjoys hanging out in the kitchen with me. He’ll make cakes, brownies, chop onions, brown hamburger meat, doesn’t matter, he just likes to cook. Decorating Easter eggs is definitely one of his favorite things to do, but as he grows older we try to find different ways   Read More »

St. Patrick’s Day Cookies: Rainbows, shamrocks and gold

St Patricks Day Cookies Rainbows

These cookies are uber colorful, super duper easy, and oh so fun to make! This is also a great recipe to make with your kids, so don’t be afraid to let them dive right in. So whether it’s simple gold coins, green clovers, rainbow shapes or just round cookies using all the colors of the rainbow, you are going to   Read More »

Irish Soda Bread (Spotted Dog, Railway Cake)

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First off, let me state for the record that I am not Irish. In fact, I’m British born, raised in America and married to an American raised Italian. St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and Irish Soda Bread was something I hadn’t baked yet, until today. Or had I? I thought I had, that’s what the recipe was   Read More »

Valentine’s Day Heart Cupcakes

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Nothing says Valentine’s Day like the iconic pink or red heart. These Valentine cupcakes are shaped like hearts and covered in white, pink and red frosting. What could be better? These Valentine cupcakes are easy too. You don’t have to be a master baker to turn out something fun and festive. I’ve raised four children over the past 20 years.   Read More »

Valentine Play Dough Cookie Pops

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These really aren’t made out of Play Dough, I promise! They are made from a simple sugar cookie dough tinted with paste food coloring, then rolled into balls and eventually snakes to twist up and make fun color combinations. You can find this recipe is several places, but I used some Valentine colors and shaped some into hearts. A fun   Read More »

Pumpkin Soup for the Slow Cooker

Pumpkin Soup for the Slow Cooker

Do you still have some canned pumpkin puree hanging around after Thanksgiving? It’s soup weather now, so turn some of those cans into some delicious and creamy pumpkin soup that you can make in the crockpot. I had actually never had slow cooker pumpkin soup before making this, and now it’s on my list of things to make again and   Read More »

Homemade Peanut Brittle

Homemade Peanut Brittle Recipe - Amanda's Cookin'

I’ve been making homemade peanut brittle since I was a young bride. When I was a teenager and living at home, my dad had a cookbook that I would experiment out of. Homemade peanut brittle was my very first attempt at using a candy thermometer. Needless to say, it didn’t go very well the first time. My parents were divorced   Read More »

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Latte

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Latte - Amanda's Cookin'

Need a tasty winter warm up? Try this easy to make pumpkin spice latte that’s made in the crock pot. This particular recipe makes only a few cups. However, simply double, triple or even quadruple the recipe to make enough for a crowd. This would be ideal for a holiday party or get together. You could even take it with you if you   Read More »

Pumpkin Magic Cake: Doctored Cake Mix

Pumpkin Magic Cake: Doctored Cake Mix - Amanda's Cookin'

Have you ever heard of magic cake? In this particular case it’s a doctored cake mix recipe that does not disappoint! The first time I saw pumpkin magic cake was on Pinterest last fall. It was circulating everywhere. I added it to my list of recipes to try, which is extremely long I might add. This type of cake has magic   Read More »

Sex in a Pan

Sex in a Pan, Amanda's Cookin'

Sex in a Pan. You’ve heard of it right? It’s basically one of those delicious desserts that makes you moan in delight. Too much? Regardless, it’s delicious, almost impossible to resist and always goes over big. Don’t worry about finding room in the fridge for leftovers, because there won’t be any! Sex in a Pan There are a few different   Read More »

New Folgers Portable Coffee Flavor Enhancers

New Folgers Portable Coffee Flavor Enhancers

I’m mostly a morning coffee girl. Two cups in the morning with my email (you know, like coffee with your morning paper?) is usually all I need. But when the cold weather hits, I tend to enjoy a cup of coffee in the afternoon to warm me up. There are several coffee drinkers in our household now that the kids   Read More »

3 Bean Chili

3 Bean Chili at Amanda's Cookin'

If it were up to my oldest son, we would eat homemade chili every night of the week. I have been using my homemade chili seasoning for years to make a pretty basic chili, but every once in a while I’ll add a couple different elements, just to change it up a bit. This 3 Bean Chili fit the bill   Read More »

Oven Fried Chicken Legs

Oven Fried Chicken Legs from Amanda's Cookin'

If you’re trying to eat less fried food and save some money too, oven fried chicken legs are a great meal solution. You can often find chicken drumsticks on sale and making your own coating from flour and seasonings is easy to do. This recipe calls for brining the chicken legs, which adds flavor and in my opinion, makes the   Read More »

Easy Blueberry Upside Down Cake

Blueberry Upside Down Cake from Amanda's Cookin'

While my all time favorite upside down cake is definitely pineapple, banana is good too and so are berries. I’ve make raspberry upside down cake and it was delicious, so I decided to go with blueberry this time. I actually made this twice because the first time I used too many blueberries and there was more fruit than cake! This   Read More »

Taco Empanadas

Taco Empanadas from Amanda's Cookin'

Empanadas are in my blood, only I’m not of Latin descent, but rather of British descent. And in England, they aren’t called empanadas, they’re called pasties. You’ve probably heard of the Cornish Pasty, named for Cornwall, England, where my uncle lives today. During the 17th and 18th centuries, tin miners would take pasties to work with them which could be   Read More »

Blackberry Coconut Impossible Pie

Blackberry Coconut Impossible Pie

In the 1970’s Impossible Pie was a common household term. What is Impossible Pie you ask? The word “impossible” was originally used to mean “impossibly easy” because instead of working up a sweat making a perfect pie crust, you use a baking mix (Bisquick) and fillings all mixed together then baked. The results are custard-like and quite nostalgic, especially for anyone   Read More »

8 Simple Ways to Help Fight Child Hunger in Your Own Neighborhood

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I love bringing you simple meal ideas that work for families. While there’s no shortage of food in the Formaro household, not all families are as lucky. One in five children in America is food insecure – they may go to bed hungry and often don’t know when they’ll be able to eat next. These children can be found everywhere:   Read More »

Beef Burgundy in the Crock Pot

Beef Burgundy in the Crock Pot - a delicious slow cooker recipe my family loves!

About thirteen years ago I made a beef burgundy from a recipe that a coworker had given to me. My neighbor had come over and tried it and to this day, claims it’s her favorite dinner I’ve ever made. This time, I wanted to make a crock pot version, so I adjusted the recipe to work with my slow cooker.   Read More »

The Secret to Olive Garden’s Breadsticks

The Secret to Olive Garden's Breadsticks - From Amanda's Cookin' - Amanda Formaro

I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone that doesn’t love Olive Garden’s breadsticks. It’s not necessarily their dough, any soft roll dough will work. The secret behind their breadsticks is actually what happens as soon as they come out of the oven. In fact, my recipe for Olive Garden Copycat Breadsticks is made using my Homemade Pull Apart Dinner Rolls as   Read More »