Thanks to those of you who let me know you didn’t see the first Cooking On Purpose post! It was in the menu of the Styling On Purpose post. I’m still learning how to maneuver all of this.
This year, one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to try a new Pinterest recipe weekly. Now, this may seem like a silly goal to some of you that cook with ease; but a savant I am not!
It took me a few months to get started (five actually). Better late than never!
I was pumped to begin so I ordered items from Joanna Gaines’ Hearth and Hand line at Target. Surely inspiration from her was all I needed to become a modern day Julia Child!
I loved her matte black spoon so much I geared my recipe search toward using that utensil. That’s really, really sad.
The arrival of this package was almost as exciting as receiving new clothes. I try on clothes as soon as they arrive, but with Jo’s stuff, I just placed it on my island and looked at it. Oh well, one step at a time.
Then I moved it to the stove (sigh).
I can read. I teach reading for a living. I have an above average IQ. I can theoretically follow a recipe and I do have common sense; but somehow cooking never comes easy for me. I have friends who are true connoisseurs in the kitchen and I envy their culinary skills…kinda. It’s a little intimidating.
When I try to follow a recipe, I invariably skip a step, substitute a real ingredient with a made-up ingredient, or mismeasure (is this a word?). The most common errors for me are when a recipe involves a base, a sauce and maybe a topping. Oh my! Let’s just say in this past week’s experiment, I sauteed the chicken in a lime juice sauce that had four times the amount it called for. That poor chicken was swimming in the concoction. I had to drain the sauce to brown the chicken. Turns out a squeeze of lime doesn’t mean using the entire lime. Oops.
Okay, too much discussion! On this page, once a week I will be sharing a recipe pin, what happened in my kitchen and pics of how it turned out…good or bad!
Not too bad. It resembles the Pinterest picture. It was a little heavy on the cilantro and the lime but both my mistakes. I got a little carried away chopping the cilantro and we already know what happened with the lime. All in all, I give this one a 6/10 for my skill and 7/10 for taste.
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(Recipe credit to Gimme Delicious on Pinterest)