I have a confession. It’s one I’m a little ashamed about. It’s one I never thought would apply to me, but here I am. I am addicted to Pinterest.
I swear it’s something about this time of year. All of the sudden I find myself clicking on Pinterest and diving head first into a world of Christmas decorations, cozy clothes, cuddly kittens, and yummy recipes. I have the option to scroll endlessly and create any board I want (I mean I have an entire board dedicated to lipstick. When did I become this person?!??)
Anyways, as I’m getting my mileage up to build some base before marathon training (more on this in a later post!) and I find myself more and more drawn to the recipe section. Without warning, my Pinterest homepage is flooded with delicious looking food and promises of easy ways to throw ingredients together and impress everyone with my cooking skills.
This week I had the opportunity to make a few of the things I came across. Needless to say, I had multiple favorites but I’ll only post a few!
1. Zuppa Toscana
I had no idea this was an Olive Garden recipe. I was pinning while hungry and the picture of this recipe floated across my screen and all of the sudden knew what I wanted for dinner. Sometimes the wold works miracles for indecisive people.
Why I love it: It’s has a little spice, it’s creamy, and has kale in it (so it’s healthy!!!!). It really just tastes like straight up comfort food, and it was perfect for a cold and rainy evening.
Edits I made: Well I was out of red pepper flakes so I used paprika on top initially (this picture was taken the second day after I stopped by the store to pick up some red pepper flakes!)
2. Quick French Bread
Okay there is a story behind this. The plan for that night was that I was going to make focaccia bread to go with the Zuppa Toscana mentioned above. The focaccia bread was titled “ridiculously easy” and advertised 45 minutes of hands on time, so I didn’t look too far into the recipe. I simply pinned it that morning and moved on with my day. When I actually opened the recipe that night it turns out that the dough needed to rise for 24 hours. This lead me to Google “quick bread recipes” and then variations of “quickest bread recipes less than one hour”. I had all of the ingredients to make bread, just limited time.
Luckily I stumbled into this gem. The bread took about hour hour in full to make (including mixing the ingredients, rising, and baking!) so it was the perfect side dish for soup on a chilly day.
Why I love it: It was quick to make, most of the ingredients are ingredients normally lying around in the kitchen, and who doesn’t love fresh baked bread??
Edits I made: No edits to this one! I just accidentally added too much flour (the recipe called for 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 cups of flour and I automatically added 4 1/2 without checking how much was actually needed for my batch!) and because of this the bread was quite dense.
3. Browned Butter Sauce
I made this to go with pumpkin sage ravioli with pan fried chicken on top (pictured above!). I LOVE browned butter sauce, and Pinterest gave me the courage I needed to give it a go. If people on Pinterest could do it, so could I right?? No. There’s a reason Pinterest fails exist.
Why I love it: It added the flavor I was looking for to compliment the pumpkin and sage ravioli. AND It took only about 8 minutes to make! I was prepared to work on this for hours!
What edits I made: I probably added a little too much garlic and I definitely didn’t brown the butter enough (for fear of burning it – rookie mistake). I’m going to give this another go sometime soon!
4. Focaccia Bread
I was SO excited to make this!!!! I had my heart set on this all week. I gathered all of my ingredients together and waited patiently for 24 hours for the dough to rise. After the dough rose, it was smooth sailing from there. The bread just needed 2 more hours to rise, about 5 minutes of prep, and only about 25 minutes in the oven. Super easy and makes you look like a master chef!
Why I love it: It’s fresh baked bread. It’s easy to make. It makes you look like you totally know what you’re doing in the kitchen.
Edits I made: I didn’t have a cake pan, so I baked it in a square pan with the dough in a rough circle shape (so it didn’t turn out as picturesque as I wanted!). Other than that I added a little more salt on top than it called for. I topped it with butter for dinner and pimento cheese for lunch (pimento cheese is a vice of mine).
Summary Of The Week
Overall I was super happy with the recipes I chose this week. I hit about 100 miles in training, so my body was desperately craving carbs (hence all of the bread :)). I’ll be sure to add recipes that vary from bread in the coming weeks! The heart wanted what the heart wanted this week. See you guys on Chopped!