Friday, February 24, 2012

How Pinterest has Revolutionized the Way I Cook


Chances are that by now you've at least heard of the addictive website Pinterest. Well, now that I'm grown and married and stuff—and should learn how to cook and make things—a homemaker's haven like Pinterest was just what I needed to get my creative juices flowing (and learn some new skills). I had no idea so many beautifully laid-out, uniformly witty food and craft blogs even existed. (I also suspect that most of their food pictures are fake, but that's aside from the point.)

The point is, before Pinterest, I could only make stir-fry. And meatloaf, sometimes—but I can't even make real meatloaf, because I can't eat ketchup. This week, however, I made my first from-scratch cake, which is kind of a big deal since my boxed-mix cakes break in half more often than not.

Red (Wine) Velvet Cake with German Buttercream Icing

The recipe can be found here.

It might not look like much (mostly because I was too scared to cut the cake pieces to make them even—one step at a time), but it's rich enough to taste like something you'd order for dessert at a nice restaurant. Apparently the secret to this is about 5 hundred million times as much butter as you might consider edible. Also, don't ask me why it's on a pink plastic plate. Jacob wrestled with God; I wrestle with cakes. That's all you need to know.

Basically, Pinterest has revolutionized the way I cook. I'm finally comfortable making American food, not just Asian.

Here are the other things I've tried:

Homemade Snickers

Cheesecake-Filled Strawberries

Things I'm working on now:

DIY glass etching

DIY monogrammed dishes

While I try to make this blog about ideas, food and crafts can be ideas too. In the long run, there's no way I could have a craft blog; I need more depth than that. But you can look forward to more posts about my successes and failures in the domestic arena too.

While you're here, you're welcome to follow me on Pinterest!

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