My “Food and Recipes” board on Pinterest has about 350 recipes. Have I made them all? C’mon, girl. Not even close. As a matter of fact, most of the recipes I’ve pinned are outlandish, decadent desserts that would add only two things to my life: 1) more deliciousness and 2) a crane to lift me from my house.
But I have made a lot of the recipes I’ve pinned. Some were great. Some were so-so. Some were terrible. Those Pinterest waters can be hard to navigate, my friends. So I thought I’d share a few of my most successful Pinterest cooking adventures with you.
In a word: Delish. In three words: Delish but demanding. This recipe took a few hours and a LOT of dirty dishes to create. So if you’re looking for an easy weeknight dinner, this is not your recipe. However, it made a lot of food, which makes this a great Sunday dinner. Leftovers will last you halfway through the week.
This recipe is a quick, healthy weeknight meal that’s become a regular dinner for us. It’s made from stuff I usually have around the house and can be whipped up in a half hour. A general note about my cooking: I never, EVER eat mushrooms. Gross. No. I usually substitute whatever vegetables I have on hand for mushrooms, such as squash or zucchini.
A classic holiday recipe. Double it and give bags to friends as gifts or keep on hand so you never attend a Christmas party empty handed. This recipe is the closest I’ve come to recreating my grandmother’s, who made perfect party mix year round.
These were great, but required a pot of extremely hot grease for deep frying, which made me a little nervous (read: which means I made Aaron do most of the work). Also, they didn’t reheat well the next day, so save this recipe for a dinner party or a night when you have people over. Or sometime when you’re really, REALLY hungry.
A summer staple around here. Takes all of 30 seconds to whip up the dry rub and get it on the pork chops. Grill with kabobs of marinated vegetables for a healthy, satisfying meal.
As previously mentioned, I don’t want to inspire a TLC television special or be lifted out of my house with a crane, so I rarely find occasion to make the crazy s’mores-brownie-cinnamon roll-chocolate chip-cookie bar-ice cream-pie desserts that are so popular on Pinterest. But I made this cake for Easter one year and it was beautiful! The buttercream turned out a bit more pink than purple but when is that ever a legitimate complaint?
Oh. My. Nom. A perfect blend of ease and deliciousness. This takes very little work – about 15 minutes the night before, then throw it in the crock pot the next morning – and you come home to a house that smells like Chipotle! I keep it simple – tortillas, avocado, cilantro and sour cream. Make plenty – it’s even better the second and third days!
I whipped these up one afternoon when friends were coming to town. I ate at least three before my friends arrived (point illustrated: TLC special). A little bit cake, a little bit cookie, a little bit autumn-y. TRUST.
Of course, I’ve recommended other recipes in the past. Click on the “Food and Recipes” tab to see recipes I’ve found around the web as well as some of my own. Have you made any Pinterest recipes that turned out particularly delicious? Please share!