Cooking with Pinterest

by Lindy on January 27, 2012

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Since this week at Minting Nickels has unintentionally turned into food week, I thought I’d share how Pinterest has single-handedly changed my cooking life.

When I signed up for Pinterest a few months ago, I never could have imagined which board I’d end up using the most.

Not crafts, not DIY, not pretty interiors, but the one I filled up first was the one I titled Fooood (cleverly, I know). This, from a person who doesn’t like to cook.

Pinterest is the best platform in the history of the Internet for finding recipes, in my opinion.

Some recipes I’ve found by searching for them, others I’ve spotted while scrolling the main boards. I tend to pin the ones that look easy and only have a few ingredients.

Here’s what I’ve made so far, and I have several more waiting in queue.

Cooking with Pinterest

1. Crème Brûlée French Toast – As I mentioned in my post on Wednesday. I’ve made this recipe twice. It hasn’t failed to please. Warning: it has a ton of sugar in it, which is why it’s so good.

2. Banana Oatmeal Cups with Chocolate Chips – It was my intention to make a batch of these and store them in the freezer as healthy(er) desserts. But then I made the mistake of baking them on a Saturday morning around breakfast time. They were gone within an hour. (PS: I put mine in muffin cups and they stuck to the paper. Maybe skip the paper and use a ton of cooking spray instead?)

3. Tortellini Minestroni – Yum, yum, yum in every way. Even the meat eaters in our family liked it.

4. No Bake Energy Bites – Severely good. Dangerously good. These were gobbled up way too quickly in our household. I probably won’t make them again until I sprout better self control.

5. Banana Carrot Apple Muffins – These muffins are great with Nutella. Another healthy(ish) dessert.

6. Frozen Banana Nutella “Ice Cream” – Speaking of Nutella, this treat looks and feels like ice cream, and tastes like…a banana. This was fun to try, but considering my blender almost broke in the process of making it, it might just be easier to eat a banana dipped in Nutella. It tastes the same.

Do you use Pinterest? Has it changed your life too?

PS: If you want to hook up with me on Pinterest, you can find me here.

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  • Pinterest has definitely changed my life!

  • Those look like some great recipes. I dont use pintrest, but it has changed my life. My fiancee now spends approximately 2 hours per day looking at all of the things on there. Right now, she’s stuck on wedding ideas, etc but i’m sure once we get married she’ll move somewhere else!

    • Lindy

      I can see how that would change your life. Ahhh, if only Pinterest was around when I was planning a wedding. Girls these days have it made.

  • Ann

    I just discovered Pinterest too, and am having so much fun. It combines my fave things – cute pictures and organizing stuff into lists.

    • Lindy

      I’ve tried other bookmarking methods, but this one is by far the best. Especially for visual people like me.

  • Addicted to pinterest. It’s been revolutionizing my cooking habits, too. I get so dang excited to try everything out. Like I just made these cookie dough truffles….OMGosh. I’m gonna have to try the Minestrone! Thanks for the reviews!

    • Lindy

      The Minestrone is really good. I have to turn on my blinders to all the sweets, otherwise I’d want to make them all too.

  • Do you ever go to Tastespotting or Foodgawker? They are pretty amazing as well!

    • Lindy

      Foodgawker fell short for me. I found it difficult to search for specifics, but maybe I was just doing it wrong. I haven’t tried Tastespotting, I’ll have to check it out.

  • I love, love, LOVE Pinterest! They had a really cool idea to take mozz cheese sticks and wrap them in spring roll wraps. You can either fry or bake them. DELICIOUS! My kids LOVE them, and so do I. I also love Pinterest for their crafting ideas. I just picked up some metal flower shaped shower curtain hooks from the thrift store for a BUCK (!), and painted them, and am using them on a dowel bar in my crafting room. I never would have thought to do that had I not seen it on Pinterest!!!

    • Lindy

      Definitely a great place for crafting inspiration.

  • Maybe not life-changing, but certainly internent-time-impacting. I just saw a way to invert muffin tins and back cookie-dough fruit cups on top. Crazy!

    • Lindy

      Interesting. And yes, internet time impacting for sure. It’s a nice retreat when I get bored with Twitter. ;)

  • Abraham Silva

    This definitely has to be the best place for me to find such interesting recipes. Hope we can get more of such recipes real soon.

    Thanks for sharing.
    – Abraham

  • ahhhh I love Pinterest! I have a board devoted to recipes too =) and another for fashion, and another for travel… yep Pinterest is wonderful.

    • Lindy

      I like the idea for a travel board. I might need to make one of those next.

  • I’ve been to Pinterest only once or twice…I think I’d better check it out more thoroughly! I’m always looking for more ways to use oats – one of my most favorite foods!

    • Lindy

      I recently searched for ricotta recipes and found several. I think Pinterest would have all the answers for oats. And the good thing is, you don’t have to sign up to search the boards, so you can be non-committal about it if you want to.

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