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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Weekend Cooking- More Pinterest Testing

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It's been awhile since I wrote a post on my Pinterest testing of recipes. I have some successes, but recently I've hit a patch of a few ones that didn't work. First, the successes:

This Smothered Chicken Casserole is something that looked like one that my husband and I would enjoy, and I was right. It's got chicken, bacon, mushrooms and it's served over angel hair pasta. The only tweak I made was instead of using heavy cream, I substituted half-and-half to cut the calories and fat. This will definitely go into the rotation. It comes from Heather Likes Food.

My mom makes this Orange Fluff Jello Salad for Easter and it is frequently served at bridal showers. I lost the recipe during our move a few years ago, so I was thrilled to find it again on Pinterest. I made it for my husband's recent birthday celebration and he was very happy I found the recipe again. This came from Six Sisters' Stuff.

I was looking for a special cocktail for Valentine's day dinner, and this Cranberry Raspberry Flirtini was perfect. It's red, it's tasty and it goes down smooth. The only drawback is that it has Chambord, a raspberry liqueur, which if you don't already have is expensive to buy. It was so good, we had it again for the birthday dinner! It came from Drink of the Week.

I had leftover mini marshmallows from the Orange Fluff Jello Salad and strawberries were on sale, so I made Fresh Strawberry Upside Down Cake for dessert last night. This one was just OK, not something that we all loved, but we liked it. It was on Chefs' Tricks website.

And now, the misses:
One thing that I thought my son would like was Two Ingredient Creamy Garlic Broccoli. Basically, you mix hummus into cooked broccoli. It just didn't taste quite right; we really just like plain broccoli seasoned with a little lemon juice and garlic salt.

I was looking for a soup to make on Friday's during Lent. We had Jamie Oliver's Corn Chowder the previous week (a big favorite!) and I recently made Broccoli Cheddar Soup, so I cast about for a new one. I tried this Crock Pot Baked Potato Soup, put the ingredients in the crockpot, went to the movies, ran some errands, and when I came home, it just did not look good. It didn't taste good either and the cream cheese addition couldn't save it. I guess they can't all be winners.

Have you had any luck on Pinterest lately? Let me know in the comments section.


  1. Bummer on the misses. But glad you found a nice selection of winners too. I just happen to have Chambord in the house ... now on to check out the recipe to see if we can have a fun cocktail tonight. :)

  2. That chicken looks mighty tasty..heading over to check
    That one out.

  3. The Smothered Chicken Casserole looks amazing! I will definitely be trying that one. I have made several recipes from Pinterest but lately I haven't been using it as much. These all look wonderful though. Thanks for sharing!
    Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

  4. Di, I just pinned the chicken. My latest Pinterest discovery was New York Style Pizza, requiring 30 seconds in the food processor, instead of kneading. Living at high altitude for over ten years, I never thought my pizza dough would come out right, but now it does.

  5. Hi Diane,

    Thank you so much for stopping by Fiction Books earlier. I love 'meeting' new people and your visits and comments will always be welcome and appreciated.

    I like the look of your 'smothered chicken casserole' and 'orange fluff dessert'. We don't tend to have a dessert after dinner, because hubbie just doesn't 'do' desserts at all and as we are both overweight as it is, having a dessert at night is only going to compound the problem, especially if I have to eat a whole one to myself!!!

    I generally do take advantage of the dessert menu when we go out for a meal, especially if we are with my sister-in-law and two nieces, as they are deciding on their dessert, before the main meal has even been served!!!

    I haven't ventured into the realms of 'pinterest' yet, although it is on my agenda for when I have some free time.

    Thanks for sharing your hits and having the courage to show your misses.

    Have a great weekend, Yvonne

  6. Looks like you've been busy. Good thing you had some successes to balance out the misses. The Smothered Chix Casserole looks yummy!

  7. That chicken dish looks so good I could hardly read the rest of your post ;-)

    1. I have to say that it has quickly become one of my favorites.

  8. I hardly go on Pinterest but have to tell you that chicken dish sounds divine!

  9. I do pin things on pinterest but I've gotten a lot more careful about where I pin from after some unfortunate recipes. That chicken looks amazing!

    1. Yes I have found that I have to more judicious about my pins. :)

  10. The Smothered Chicken Casserole looks absolutely delicious!