Hi!! My name is Samantha and I love cooking, baking, and experimenting with food, flavors, as well as different ethnic cuisines. Transforming ingredients into a dish has been a fascination of mine since I was a child.

When I was a kid, I remember making Filipino Banana Fritters called “Maruya” with my Grandmother, my Dad’s mother. Growing up, I was not a picky eater and ate almost anything that was put in front of me, even my Dad’s family famous goat innard soup (Pinapaitan). I had a curiosity about food and would spend time with my parents and adult relatives asking about food and watching them cook. I started to love food and cooking as it enabled me to express myself creatively.

I love how cooking is an expression of yourself and how it gives you that feeling of ecstasy when you create an amazing dish and cook it for others.

In the near future, I would like publish a cookbook and open up a restaurant. Also, I want to open up dog friendly eatery with a special menu for our furry friends as well. My dog Pipi loves the healthy gourmet food I make for her everyday.

My motivation for this blog is to get out of my comfort zone and do something I can share with the world!  I want to continue to share food and flavors with others and show that it can be fun and more satisfying than fetching convenience foods. You too can “Work it!” in the kitchen.

Note:  I’m not a pro photographer. Some of my pictures may look wonky, but I’m learning. So let me know what you think!

Feel free to comment, let me know what you think or what you would like to see on this blog! I’m here to be your food blog buddy! I’m eager to learn new things too!  You can also e-mail me at snati001@gmail.com

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  1. Dear ★ Samantha ★,
    Wow, Veena beat me to it to be the first and for the same award! See below **
    I have nominated you/your inspirational blog for the One Lovely Blog Award!
    Please pick up your badge** and information/rules on how to pass the torch at:
    😀 Enjoy! Fae.

    **There are many images of the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’ badge.
    If there is an image/badge you prefer to use for your blog, please go ahead and use that image/badge instead.

  2. Hey Samantha, thank you for nominating me for the Liebster Award! It’s my first nomination, so I’m excited to get started. Glad you’ve enjoyed my posts 🙂

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  4. You have some fantastic looking recipes I can’t wait to try some out 🙂 I was the same when I was younger, eating anything and everything! It’s a shame more people aren’t brought up like that these days!

    • Thank you! I guess that families have become so busy that meals can be an afterthought and often choose what is convenient over quality. With hectic schedules we may forget sometimes about some fun family recipes. Looking forward to reading your blog and trying out your recipes too!

  5. Hi Samantha. Thanks for visiting. I love your blog and I too hope to one day own some kind of eatery…would LOVE a food truck! I read about your Filipino banana fritters and for New Year’s dessert tonight I am making banana fritters! The ones I’m making are Thai… do you know the difference?

    • Thank you 🙂 Sounds awesome! I think they may be similar. There’s a lot of Asian influences that overlap. Sounds like you had great food celebrating New Years!

  6. Congrats Samantha on your recent awards.:)

    Thank you also for your comments and readership to Savor the Food.
    Your doing an excellent job here at Food Flavor Fascination.

    What you post and talk about and your effort to do so is appreciated by many!! 🙂

    Chef Randall

  7. Thank you soo soo much for nominating me, I feel honored especially being a new blog its soo surreal! I will participate and of course nominate you because your blog is FANTASTIC! Thanks again Samantha 🙂

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  9. Samantha, I love your blog and think your personality comes right out. When your dog-friendly eatery opens one day, I will be visiting! Thank you for checking out my experimental cookbook project, foodarella. Perhaps you will have a recipe to contribute? Take good care!

  10. I’ve recently switched my food blog over to be self-hosted which I hope will make it more user-friendly in the future. As a result, if you were following Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen via email, WordPress, or using RSS feeds through Google Reader or some other way, you are no longer subscribed. If you wish to continue receiving future posts from my blog you will need to re-subscribe. Sorry for the inconvenience, Teresa.

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  12. You have a gorgeous and appealing blog, with wonderful photos and a million recipes I want to try. Even the Passover recipes look good after Passover, and that is saying something!

  13. Samantha, nice of you to visit my blog and thank you again for your sympathy over the departure of my faithful doggie.
    I will be back to check out what seems to be a beautiful blog,(and hope you visit me again!)
    Best wishes!

  14. hey Samantha, happy you liked my bread bag :-), and i’m happy to pass by your blog, it looks really nice and yummy. keep up the good work, greet Kat

  15. A fun blog! Your description of your interaction with food reminds me of the protagonist in the novel LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE by Laura Esquivel. If you have not read it you may want to give it a try. Thanks for stopping by and liking the noontimes blog.

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