My name is Amanda Schaefer. I’m a 25 year old college student. I’ve been gluten free for about 3 years. My family is in Florida and South Carolina. I was born and raised in Florida in a culture that I’d deem United States Southern. The town I lived in was agriculturally oriented, and there certainly was a feeling of Southern hospitality. The aloha spirit feels a lot like southern hospitality to me.
My food philosophy is one of eating real food. For me, this means I eat full fat foods and real sugars. You’ll learn more about this in my posts. I also eat very few processed foods, but I will occasionally pick up something I wouldn’t normallly so I can test it out for you all. Devin’s brother is a hunter and is so kind in giving me venison. You’ll spot it in some of my recipes. I have my own small garden in the back yard. Maui has a lot of farmers markets, which make it easy for us to get our hands on fresh produce, eggs, and even meat. Eating local foods, and organic foods are parts of my food philosophy as well.
We are definitely a slow food household most of the time. It’s something that became a part of our lives after I stopped eating gluten and started paying attention to what I eat. Some of my favorite people in the world of food are Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan, and Lynn Rosetto Kasper. For my favorite food bloggers check out the Favorites page.
I’m not perfect. I can be lazy, I’m a bit of a homebody, and I have a tendency to overwhelm myself with my studies. I don’t update three times a week, and sometimes I don’t have something to post even once a week. I’m also not a perfect baker, photographer or cook (though my friends might tell you differently). At this point, you’re probably wondering what I have to offer. I am honest. I tell it like it is.
Aloha and mahalo (thank you) for your kokua (help)!