Occasionally I will do a blog entry on some delicious meals I have made thanks to my new dear friend Pinterest. So, welcome to the first Foodie Friday blog post!
I mentioned Pinterest in one of my last blog entries, but just in case you missed it, here’s some background info:
Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes. Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.”
Doesn’t it sound great?!
When I first heard about Pinterest I was confused about what it was, but I kept seeing posts about it on Facebook, so of course I had to check it out. And now I check it daily either on my laptop or my mobile app.
I love to look at all of the categories (especially home design and clothing), but my favorite posts are the recipes. After a couple weeks of browsing and building up quite a pinboard of recipes, I decided I needed to start making some of them. After talking to some of my friends, we decided it would be fun to get together once a week to make some of the meals and catch up on TV shows. (OK, maybe just Real Housewives, if we are being honest).
So Pinterest night was formed! Every week we share recipes we have found on the website over e-mail, narrow it down to one entrée and side, split up the grocery list of items we need, and then get together to cook it and of course, enjoy it!
And keep in mind that I am by no means a gourmet chef. The first thing I learned to cook was Kraft Macaroni & Cheese in middle school, and that may be the only thing I have mastered to date. However, with the help of Pinterest, I have gained an unusual confidence in my cooking abilities.
But let’s not get carried away, this is not going to turn into a Julie & Julia movie where I cook my way through Pinterest. I don’t have that much time or patience.
This week’s Pinterest night featured three delicious recipes: Laughing Cow chicken, Skinny Broccoli and Macaroni casserole, and parmesan with garlic knots (these were a repeat from last week because they were that good). We had some left over ingredients from last week, hence the cheesy Thursday night dinner selections.
First up, Laughing Cow Chicken:
(Left): We used the Light Swiss Cheese Laughing Cow in three of the breasts and the Sundried Tomato Laughing Cow in the other two. Both were great!
(Right): The finished product! The bread crumbs give it an extra crunch, but I may try it without next time and use seasonings instead.
Next up, Skinny Broccoli & Macaroni Casserole:
My Sous Chef and I decided next time we will give this dish some color and add red peppers, pimentos, or mushrooms. It was delicious this way, but why not add a little kick to it?
And last but not least, the Garlic Parmesan Knots:
We ended up having some broccoli left over so we attempted the Best Broccoli of Your Life:
We have tried this many times, and it’s always too salty for our taste. I think we nailed it last night! We cut back on the garlic and salt, and it was great! Here is a quick photo of the masterpiece:
Since I am in the home remodeling and design industry, of course there are million things I would love to change about my kitchen, and Pinterest has only made it worse because I see all kinds of pins showing design ideas. However I think my first order of business needs to be purchasing a touchless kitchen faucet. I could really use an extra set of hands (I know a lot of you agree).
I have used the one in our Alpharetta showroom, and I love it. But now I get it. It really does come in handy when you are cooking.
Delta Faucet Company has really taken off with the touch technology by releasing many styles to choose from. A good example is their line of Touch 2 O faucets.
I am surprised not more manufacturers are coming out with similar items. We’ve been seeing technology slowly introduced in the bathroom over the last five years, but the kitchen has been ignored (except for appliances), so this is great niche for Delta to become known for its innovation in not only the bathroom, but in the kitchen as well.
If you are thinking of doing a kitchen (or bath remodel since there is touch in there too), come to one of our showrooms and check out the Delta and the designer Delta line called Brizo to learn more about it and see why so many people are replacing their current faucet with the new Touch 2 O faucets.