What I learned from Pinterest…

It’s happened to almost everyone I know.

You’re browsing Pinterest, looking for something delicious and not too hard to try for dinner this week. You settle on that one recipe that promises you an easy 30-minute meal on a busy weeknight. Awesome! Tomorrow you’ll be leaving the office late anyways and the little ones have practise, so your other half will be rushing them home and there will be several growling tummies to feed. And honestly, who has time to make a three-course meal at 6:30 pm anyways?

You pin this promising recipe and pop out during your already-short lunch break to pick up the ingredients you’re inevitably missing, stick them in the fridge in the lunchroom, and write yourself a post-it to remember to take it home.

You’re finally in the kitchen, tired but excited to give this new recipe a shot. You pull it up and get to work. Prep time, 10 minutes… Cook time, 20 minutes. Now this you can handle! You toss the ingredients into the counter and get to work. After about 20 minutes, the chicken is chopped, the garlic minced, the sauce whisked together, and the pan is heated and ready to cook. You frown, shrug, and begin to cook. The timer goes off and you check the broccoli. Still hard. You add a few minutes to the timer and drain the pasta. You check the chicken… Almost perfect! The timer goes off again, but the broccoli feels underdone. You sigh, cover the pasta to keep it warm, keep checking the broccoli every few minutes, and finish the chicken.

Finally, after nearly 40 minutes of cooking, dinner is on the table! Everyone tucks in, muttering about how yummy it is and how it’s a nice change from the usual Wednesday night spaghetti bologonese. You take your first bite… It’s yummy, if not a bit too spicy, and the pasta is almost cold, but hey… It’s something new. But was it a quick meal? Not really.

An hour in the kitchen instead of 30 minutes when everyone is grumpy, hungry, and tired is not an ideal. You go back into the kitchen to put away leftovers and clean up. You look at the mess, sigh again, and decide there and then that next Wednesday is spaghetti night again.

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There are so many great recipes out there, and with Pinterest, everyone is being tempted to try the latest, most-pinned quick fixes and easy meals. So often, though, once you get down to trying the recipe you’ve been keeping for that special dessert or quick dinner, you find that things are just… A little off. The recipe takes too long, is too salty, too spicy, not seasoned enough, or has ingredients not listed in the actual body of the recipe. It doesn’t mean the recipe is a flop or that you won’t try it, but wouldn’t it be nice to know that the one-pot, 30-minute meal actually takes 45 minutes and would be better if you omitted that extra teaspoon of pepper?

Well, you’re in luck! That’s why I’m here! I have found so many amazing recipes on Pinterest… But I’ve found that quite a few of them require some tweaks or should have the cooking or prep time extended by quite a bit. I’ve made amazing recipes from well-loved blogs such as Damn Delicious and Sally’s Baking Addiction, and others from cookbooks or less-known blogs. And while I’ve enjoyed (almost) every recipe I’ve tried, I wish someone had told me that the cooking time on the broccoli was going to be 20 minutes instead of 5.

That’s what the Recipe Recruit is all about… I try (usually) popular recipes I find on Pinterest (or elsewhere, but usually it’s from there), post the ‘tweaks’ I’ve had to make with respect to things like cooking or prep time or level of spiciness, and make your adventures in the kitchen a little easier. I make the mistakes so you don’t have to!

So pull up a chair, grab a cup of tea (or coffee), and let’s have a chat about that amazing chocolate cake from last week, shall we? Wasn’t it just the fudgey-est, most delectable thing ever?

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