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Hey, my name is Amy Brinkley and welcome to my blog! I LOVE to cook and take pictures of food. I started this little food blog of mine in December 2011 and have so much enjoyed meeting so many awesome people along the way! I am self-taught in cooking and photography and enjoy learning something new every day.
My goal is to share simple, family-friendly recipes with everyday ingredients. I loathe hunting down exotic ingredients, so it’s pretty safe to say you won’t see any in my recipes.
I love to cook and have a blast in the kitchen. The recipes I feature are my own, family recipes, or adapted from magazines, cookbooks or other blogs.
I am a contributing writer for Parade Magazine’s CommunityTable.com, Our State Magazine’s Our State Eats Blog and SheKnows.com. I’m a pork recipe developer for the North Carolina Pork Council and blog from my kitchen on the coast of North Carolina where I am proud to call my home.
Why did I name the blog The Blond Cook? If I knew I’d eventually work full time at what started out as a hobby, I probably would have named it something different, but am sticking with it. It started out as a joke but has meaning. The first meal I tried to cook (baked flounder) turned out horrific. I asked my mama how to cook it and she told me to throw it in the pan with potatoes, onions, carrots, bacon and lemon slices. She didn’t tell me to cover it while baking or to season it. 😮 Needless to say, it was dry as a bone and had no flavor whatsoever. After that, I asked her to make me a cookbook with simple, easy to follow and specific directions. It has always been referred to as my “blonde cookbook” and I still use it to this day. Thanks, Mama!
The camera that I use (as of December 2016) is a Canon EOS 6D with a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens (affiliate links). To view my accomplishments around the web (that I am SO proud of!), visit my Featured In page.
My rescue senior boxer, “Baby” is pretty much always by my side in the kitchen and behind the camera. I adopted her in August 2015 and she has been my best friend ever since! 🙂
Photo credit: Ted Lewis Photography
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