Pinterest Pass or Fail

I love Pinterest. I mean, an endless supply of design ideas, recipes, and projects to revamp my decorating? It’s like we were made for each other.

Except for my little problem with following directions.

Which, as you can imagine, can be a problem when your project is say . . . a recipe for dinner. For women like me, who are only good cooks as long as we have a good recipe, following directions is really important. Something I take seriously when I have a cook book in front of me.

But a web page? Not so much.

This week, in an effort to expand the ten recipes my family will currently eat without complaining, I tried four new ones from Pinterest. Here are my thoughts in case you’d like to try a few of your own.

Walking Taco Casserole

First of all, I have no idea what a walking taco is. But what I do know is that taco meat, and cheese, and Fritos are a guaranteed hit with the kiddos. For the adults, well, let’s just say you’ll probably want to add something green to the mix. My kids loved it. My hubby and I added salsa and sour cream and would have preferred to have lettuce too. You can find the recipe here. 3 out of 5 stars

Garlic and Brown Sugar Chicken

Um. This would have been delicious. I could tell because the tiny piece in which the recipe actually stayed together was delicious. Unfortunately, I altered the main recipe by adding butter, and ended with most of the ingredients sliding off of the chicken and into the dish. I would definitely do over. You can find the recipe here. 2 out of 5 stars, thanks to me.

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

I found this recipe through Pinterest, but it’s actually a Rachel Ray recipe. The best part? Only five ingredients. I tried to get creative with a new fish option to lure the kids into trying something different for a change. Fish is an iffy subject in my house. But, I followed the recipe exactly. My son’s response?  “Mom! That was delicious!” A success, if you ask me. You can find the recipe here.  5 out of 5 stars.

Chicken and Rice

After my other chicken disaster this week, I decided to trust the recipe maker and follow it exactly. Well, that was the plan at least. But, I’m a hardheaded woman. Again, this dinner was delicious, but would have been better if I’d done what was suggested and not mixed the rice into the chicken mixture. As it turned out, it was still delicious, but a little mushy since we stirred it all together. Next time, we’ll pour it on top of the rice.You can find the recipe here. 4 out of 5 stars regardless.

Now I’m headed off to Pinterest to discover some new recipes for next week. Feel free to share yours here!


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