Now we have all heard of Pinterest Fails. I myself have had my fair share of experiences with Pinterest. I saw this awesome ice cream sandwich birthday cake. All stacked up beautiful and wicked cool. Yeah well by the time you unwrap each fucking sandwich, stack, candle, etc. you have a dilapidated mess. I thought for sure I was going to get mom of the year with this cake. Um, that’s a hard no!
I find lots of recipes on Pinterest some work, some not so much. In looking at Pinterest you need to approach as BYOC, be your own cook. The essence of the recipe is there take it and make it your own. There is a level of common sense that happen in cooking, especially when dealing with Pinterest. Most of these recipes come from armature blogs (which is not a bad thing, wink, wink), it just means they are not tested in a controlled situation. When you find recipes on the Food Network or Cooking Channel they are tested in test kitchens so the cook times and such are monitored over and over again.
Pinterest is a great resource to learn new strategies and flavor combinations. I made a one pot wonder meal the other night. It was chicken fajitas in a Dutch oven. The recipe called for toasting orzo and adding equal amounts of liquid to boil for 10. Once done transfer all the cooked chicken and veggies into the oven. I knew I need to add more liquid the pot because the orzo had soaked it all up. If not, the chicken would have stuck to the bottom of the pot and the orzo would get crunchy. I added ¼ cup of chicken stock, place the pot in the oven for 10 minutes so all flavors could marry and when I pulled it out it was perfect. The directions didn't call for more liquid but common sense says second cooking in the oven needs more liquid.
When cooking with Pinterest read the recipes carefully and then put your own stamp on it. Make it the way that works for your cooking skills. Keep trying new things for sure and when you have a Pinterest Fail chalk it up to learning how to be a better BYOC. Happy Pinning!
Stacie A. Zamperini M.Ed.