Saturday, June 2, 2012

Weekend Cooking: Pin It and Do It Wrap-Up


May was a delicious month here by the lake. Trish's Pin It and Do It Challenge was all the encouragement I needed to join Pinterest, then three recipe successes motivated me try four more 'pins' before the month ended.

Last Sunday, I offered to bring dessert and an appetizer to a family dinner. Reactions to the Kahlua Bundt Cake from Better Recipes were mixed. The flavor of the kahlua glaze was a little too strong for some, but my daughter and I loved it.


These Mini Caprese Bites were quickly devoured. The skewers I had were a bit too long, so I cut them down to size. The picture was taken before the balsamic vinegar/extra virgin olive oil was drizzled over the tray.


We had another opportunity to use our handy grill rack a couple of night later with this Sweet and Spicy Citrus Tilapia.

The recipe says to marinate the fish for 15 minutes, but I'd leave it even longer next time. There will definitely be a next time!


Finally, Martha Stewart's Tortilla and Black Bean Pie was a big hit. We're having more vegetarian meals now that the girls are home for the summer. This recipe is a variation on Martha's tortilla pie, another family favorite. I added some baby spinach we had in the refrigerator and cut back slightly on the cheese.

With seven total pins, I finished the challenge at the 'Pinterested' level. One more and I would have been 'Pin Obsessed'...maybe next time. Thanks for hosting this challenge Trish. It's been fun!


Weekend Cooking, hosted at Beth Fish Reads, is open to anyone who has a food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, fabulous quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up over the weekend.

40 comments:

  1. Very impressed with the tortilla creation! And I love Kahlua but it's dangerous for me to keep around for recipes - too easy to pour into my hot chocolate, and on top of my ice cream, etc etc! :--)

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    1. Rhapsodyinbooks - We garnished the tortilla with salsa, fat-free sour cream, and scallions... delicious! I keep the Kahlua on a high shelf ;-)

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  2. Sigh. I'm trying not to mind that I can't ger an "invitation" to Pinterest for love or money. Humph. I'd MUCH rather come here and see what you've been cooking. :)

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    1. Audrey - I just sent you an invite. Let me know when you get it...

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  3. MMMmm, the cake looks especially good to me!

    And the fish. I haven't eaten breakfast yet, so it all sounds incredibily good. :)

    My weekend cooking

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    1. Melanie - Sorry to make you so hungry before breakfast :-)

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  4. How impressive! They all look good. Bundt cake and the tortilla pie in particular.

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    1. Beth F - Thanks! My family has love this challenge.

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  5. The Tortilla and BlackBbean looks very hearty! LOVE Pinterest -- have tried a few recipes. Seems like a I have a lot of desserts. ;)

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    1. Georgia Girls - Pinterest has been so much fun!!

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  6. The tortilla looks yummy. I love Pinterest too, I have found lots of good recipes there.

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    1. Diane (bookchickdi) - I'm surprised at how well these recipes have turned out. Thought I'd have had a failure or two by now.

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  7. Always looking for new ways to cook fish. It is especially nice to see that I have all of the ingredients on hand.

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    1. Fay - We've been eating a lot of fish lately and this was a delicious recipe!

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  8. oh, that tortilla pie looks interesting!

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    1. Caite - It was excellent. One of the twins is a vegetarian and really appreciated having a family dinner where she could eat everything.

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  9. All looks great. You could have done a post for each one. Have a great week.

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    1. Carole - Thanks, I was hoping this wouldn't be sensory overload ;-)

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  10. Great job with all those dishes! Want to make a tortilla pie now.

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    1. Thanks, Jama. I think my family wishes this challenge could continue for another month.

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  11. Everything looks great! You found so many delicious recipes to pin. The fish and the tortilla pie especially!

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    1. Carol - I had no idea there would be so many great recipes on Pinterest!

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  12. All of these dishes look delicious-not sure which my favourite would be-probably the tomatoes. I am a huge fan of anything tomato.

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    1. Esme - I love tomatoes, too! They're definitely a summer highlight.

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  13. That grill rack is handy indeed... and all your recipes must have worked wonderfully, they look sumptuously delicious. ;)

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    1. Arti - That grill rack has been in the cupboard for two years... so glad to finally find a way to use it!

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  14. That fish looks fantastic. Wonder if I can sneak it passed my son and get him to eat it without too much fuss.

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  15. These all look so good, but that tortilla pie looks absolutely wonderful.

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    1. Thanks, Alex. I'll be making the tortilla pie again soon!

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  16. You weren't kidding when you said your were busy cooking!! I think it all looks absolutely spectacular!!!

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    1. Staci - Lots of cooking for me, and Margaret is back home and baking again. I ran the dishwasher three times yesterday!!

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  17. The Kahlua wouldn't make it into the cake. That I know :)

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    1. Ti - A little bit of that kahlua may have ended up in my glass ;-)

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  18. That tortilla pie looks so delicious. I wish that were on my dinner table tonight.

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    1. Thomas - The tortilla pie was delicious - a little sour cream, a little salsa...

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  19. Evertything looks so yummy but those Caprese Bites REALLY captured my attention. Great job on the challenge.

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    1. Margot - Those Mini Caprese Bites disappeared in no time at all. I'll definitely be making them again... an elegant ad tasty appetizer!

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  20. I'm sorry I'm late to the commenting party but this is awesome JoAnn! I love those skewers...what a great idea! I'm glad that you had such success with your pins and I hope that it ended up being a positive experience rather than a stressful one. Ha! ;) Looking at October for next event and maybe maybe August if life isn't too crazy.

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    1. Trish - This has been the most enjoyable challenge ever! The family sure appreciated it, too. October will be a great time for round 2 - lots of fun fall/holiday/Halloween pins already making the rounds. Thanks for hosting and encouraging me to give Pinterest a try!

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