I didn't get in to any of them.
But while I was waiting for those acceptance letters, I learned how to throw a mean dinner party. All the time I should have spent disciplining myself to write I spent cooking and baking. After a year or so of working on the line in a splendid Nashville restaurant and making the danish in a traditional French bakery, I decided to go to culinary school instead. I met my husband at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY on the very first day of class. After that I was too happy to write soul-torturing poetry, so I began to write what I've always loved to read - romance. I give my characters the life I hope to live... happily ever after with great snacks.
Amanda:The people are my favorite thing about WNY. It’s a great place to live, and I’m glad we settled here after we got
|St. Germain's Bakery in Honolulu|
Amanda:I’m hungry for that pecan danish every day of my life! It was my job to glaze them when they came out of the oven. If I close my eyes, I can still smell warm apricot glaze mixed with the rich scent of butter, brown sugar and nuts. *sigh* I think the consensus on culinary school is pretty accurate – you can learn to cook anything. My husband and I mastered the basic cooking methods and had resources available to research and experiment with all kinds of food.
|Frasier and Roz when the brothers opened their|
own restaurant ....
|... Niles and Daphne on opening night.|
Kim:Tell us about SCRUMPTIOUS!
Amanda:Scrumptious is a hot chef romance about a traveling chef-for-hire and a love e’m and leave ‘em pastry chef.
Kim:What's next for Amanda Usen?
Amanda:Edits for LUSCIOUS, the sequel to SCRUMPTIOUS, are almost complete and I’m working on the third book in the series. Readers will find themselves in the heat of a
|Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto made a |
guest appearance on Hawaii Five O.
Mahalo, Amanda, for joining us at SOS Aloha! Hawaii offers scrumptious food, scenery, and Alex O'Loughlin (who could have been SCRUMPTIOUS' cover model).
I am giving away Alex, er, SCRUMPTIOUS to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about what is scrumptious to you - French pastry? Hawaiian malasada? Alex O'Loughlin? Scott Caan?
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, January 28, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winners on Sunday, January 29.
Kim in Hawaii
To learn more about Amanda and SCRUMPTIOUS, check out her website at www.amandausen.com.
|Wo Fat and McGarrett square off over tea.|
Both are scrumptious!