I am an avid cook who rarely cooks the same recipe.Just ask my husband. He'll say: "Honey, why don't you cook that Mongolian Beef recipe you made us...five years ago when we lived in California." Yes, he has said that before. I'm not saying I don't save recipes I like for later use because I do repeat every now and again, especially with a handful of "can't miss" family favorites like pizza and lasagna. For me the spice of life is variety. I find it helps diminish my kids' picky tendencies and it makes cooking dinner night after night more enjoyable. We've made it somewhat of a game when my kids ask: "What's the secret ingredient in tonight's recipe?" Last week I made lasagna with roasted cauliflower blended into the ricotta mixture. They couldn't taste it and I had them eating twice the vegetables as normal! Like I said, I mix it up.
So how do I find all these different recipes?Bless the World Wide Web! What would I have done if I was a mother 25 years ago without food blogs and Pinterest?
There are limitless possibilities online for recipes. The biggest problem with this abundance is saving the links for recipes you want to try. Before Pinterest I was bookmarking in my toolbar the recipes I wanted. Google Reader was great for the short time it existed but you couldn't easily bookmark. Now I mostly use Pinterest because I like the picture icon format that allows you to easily view your pins at a glance. The problem I've run into while using Pinterest is creating one board for "Food I want to Eat" and then sifting through the hundreds of pins on that single board. More recently I've tried to break up my food favorites into individualized boards such as: salads, soups, breads, desserts, etc. I even have a freezer meals board that I share with my neighborhood mom's group so we can all pin freezer meal favorites before we get together and prepare the meals for each other.
Keeping your Pinterest board clutter minimal.My one other word of advice is to regularly review your Pinterest boards. For me, Pinterest is for possibilities. If I've already attempted a recipe then I like to remove the pin from my board to keep the "clutter" minimal. If you've cooked something and liked it you need to remove that pin and either save the recipe by importing it into your desktop cookbook software or however you store recipes you like.
Happy eating...and pinning! Feel free to follow my Pinterest food boards. My username is AlohaJayne.