Eating Well, the Pinterest Way

Pinterest has really changed the way we eat around here. Now that it’s so handy – and visually appealing! – for me to bookmark a recipe, I’m not just reading through various food blogs and occasionally hollering to Ward (wherever he might be), “What do you think about this dish?”.

No, not at all. Now I have a routine. I pin all the recipes that entice me to Pinterest, and I email the ones I really, really want to try to Ward.

It’s been working out so well. I’d say at least two out of the four to five meals Ward cooks each week have been influenced by Pinterest (the other two nights he teaches, which means I haul out the ramen noodle packets).

Here’s a sampling of some of the lovely dishes I’ve had the chance to taste the past couple of weeks because of my new Pinterest routine. (Click on the image if you’d like to repin the recipe, and click on the link to get to the recipe itself.)

Dark Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey’s Buttercream

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Can you say, ooh la la? That’s right. Bailey’s buttercream. Yum!

This was yesterday’s lucky find – I was simply delighted when I saw that Megan had shared her recipe for Dark Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey’s Buttercream. I was even happier when Ward came back from shopping yesterday afternoon and pulled out a small bottle of Bailey’s and a six-pack of Guinness.

He whipped a batch of these up last night after dinner; the whole place smelled just divine. Chocolate and Bailey’s. What a wonderful combination! And the taste? Delightful!

Braised Tofu and Radish

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I really like tofu, so when I came across this recipe for Braised Tofu and Radish at Beyond Kimchee I knew it would be perfect for our table – I’m constantly on the lookout for recipes that Ward can veganize but which I’d still enjoy after the veganization process (which usually means either tofu or mushrooms are involved).

This dish did not disappoint. In fact, it was one of this past week’s hits. It’s a simple dish that’s so very tasty. Ward omitted the shrimp and used vegetarian oyster sauce, but the veganizing substitutions didn’t hurt the recipe at all. We had no leftovers that night!

Manhattan Clam Chowder

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Clams are one of my favourite foods – I have very fond childhood memories of driving up to Seattle, walking on the beach and snacking on steamed clams with melted butter. Manhattan clam chowder is one of my favourite clam dishes, but around here it’s very difficult to find a restaurant that serves it; most of them serve Boston clam chowder, which I find just a little too creamy (I like my soups on the lighter, brothier side).

So I was thrilled when I came across this recipe for Manhattan clam chowder. Our grocery store didn’t have any fresh clams that day, so Ward bought a bag of frozen (in-shell) clams as a substitute, along with the cans of baby clams and clam juice. He made a big pot of chowder for me, so I was set for lunch for the rest of this week. This version was actually better than any I’ve had in a restaurant, because it is simply filled to the brim with clams!

Curried Chicken Pot Pie

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I’m not really much of a curry person, but both Ward and our older son Sean enjoy curry. So last weekend Ward made a veganized version of this Curried Chicken Pot Pie for himself, along with the regular version for Sean. I got a cute little version, so I could have a taste (Ward made me something else that night, but for the life of me, I can’t remember what it was.).

Both of them really enjoyed it, so I’m sure it will be on the menu again soon!

Mini Fish Tacos

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These delightful Mini Fish Tacos from Very Culinary were delicious: chunks of lightly spiced white fish mixed with a cooling slaw. So tasty! We had some egg roll wrappers on hand so Ward used them instead of wonton wrappers; next time around, we’ll go with the wonton wrappers the recipe calls for, because the egg roll wrappers were a bit too big and the result was on the doughy side.

But that didn’t detract from the delicious filling! I had seconds, just minus the fun little cups. Lovely!

I’ve been loving all these new food adventures showing up on our table because of Pinterest. What about you? Have you tried recipes you’ve pinned on Pinterest? Are you finding a greater variety of dishes as a result?

Enjoy this foodie post? For more food-related fun, check out this week’s Weekend Cooking, hosted each week by Candace at Beth Fish Reads!

16 thoughts on “Eating Well, the Pinterest Way

  1. Beth F

    Fabulous post (so glad you could reconstruct it). I have a few food things pinned, but I haven’t taken full advantage of using pinterest. you are inspiring me.

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  2. Joy Weese Moll

    I’ve also found that the things I pin are more likely to get made than the things that I put on Evernote or bookmarked in some other way. Something about the visual medium keeps it more in the forefront of my thoughts.

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  3. jama

    Thus far I’ve resisted the temptation of Pinterest. I like your idea of pinning all these recipes though. If I cave you’re to blame!! :)

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  4. TheBookGirl

    That tofu recipe looks great. I too love tofu, and my husband will go along with me, provided the dish is very flavorful, and that appears to be the case here – thanks!

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  5. Memory

    You had me at “Bailey’s buttercream.” Both the cupcakes and the chowder look delicious. Need I even say they’ve both been pinned to my FOOD! board? :)

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  6. Marg

    I pin the pictures of food because they look good but haven’t actually taken the next step of looking at the recipes or making anything. I should maybe take a closer look

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  7. Susan

    Oh what a fun way to use Pinterest! I’ve just gotten on there, and still finding my way around. I didn’t think the full recipes were on there. Thanks for the tip. I have to say the Guinness cupcakes look delicious, don’t they? A good recipe for St Patrick’s Day!

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  8. Care

    ALL I can say is wow. My husband cooks for me, too, but I don’t think he would go for these. I will try to figure out how to entice him to that curry chicken pot pie – wow!

    (He DID make crockpot lasagna last night but he didn’t find it on my prompting…It was quite good.)

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  9. Meg

    Woohoo! So glad the cupcakes were a hit. Though I’m not one to chug Guinness on its own, I definitely loved the taste within the cupcakes! Pinterest is awesome, but I have to stay away during the day (and on my iPhone) . . . you can look up and realize half the day is gone.

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