Hi I am Amanda the author-baker-cook-photographer behind Thinly Sliced Cucumber. In Novemebr of 2011 I decided to combine my two loves, cooking and writing, and created my blog as a way to share some of my favorite recipes and food experiences with others who love food as much as I do. I have no formal culinary training, nor have I won any awards, contests or recipe bake-offs. I do, however, have a passion for all things food. Growing up my mom taught me to make simple, homemade meals using fresh ingredients and basic techniques. I still follow this same food philosophy today. I don't post recipes that have ingredients with fancy hard to pronounce names or complicated cooking methods. Simple food that tastes good is always my goal.