People of Pinterest: We need to talk. Probably a solid half (or more) of the recipes I’ve found on Pinterest have been complete crap. Can we all make a little pledge to each other to stop spreading bad recipes? I mean really: if you try it, and it’s bad, get it off the internet so people like me don’t waste their time with recipes that fail or don’t taste good.
Why don’t I just stop making recipes off Pinterest? I’ve thought about it. But every so often you come across a gem that makes you think “there must be others out there, too!” So today I’m going to take you behind the scenes and show you why not every recipe I make ends up here on my blog.
Let’s start with the good:
This Mexican Chicken Recipe came from Pinterest. So far, they are tied with cookie dough brownies (also from Pinterest) for the most lauded recipe from my blog. I’ve made both recipes with total success several times, and my friends/family who have tried also had great results. Total winners.
Then there’s the bad:
I’ve made this Pad Thai recipe like four times. Each time it was okay, but it’s been very inconsistent. The ingredients were hard to find when I was living in Atlanta, the instructions seem to be missing a step, and while it’s always edible it’s never really that good. So I gave up on it.
And then there’s the ugly:
I wasted the better part of yesterday trying to make this stupid recipe work. I pinned this recipe for Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider cookies like six months ago. Despite being chocolate free, I thought they sounded delish for fall. So even though it was 100° over the weekend, I gave them a go. They were what kids these days call “an epic failure”. I made the first batch exactly as the recipe instructs. The only problem: the melty caramel oozed through my cooling rack into big gooey piles on my countertop. Not good. So for the second tray, I modified them a little bit, placing the caramel on top like a thumbprint cookie. That helped the cooling problem a little (not totally), but the cookies weren’t nearly as tasty. Plus, the caramel cooled to be too hard. My third attempt was to bake the cookies plain then drizzle melted caramel over the top. While this kind of worked, it wasn’t a practical solution because they remained sticky. When stacked, they quickly turned into caramel cookie briquettes. Not suitable for inclusion on the blog, the whole batch went into the trash. Perhaps, as Jason so kindly suggested, I did it wrong. But I (not-so-humbly) feel that- if I can’t recreate it, most people probably can’t either. Obviously this is not the story of “girl meets kitchen”. We’re pretty well acquainted at this point.
So, I know it’s hard because most people probably don’t actually make the recipes they pin, but next time you’re on Pinterest drooling over food porn, I urge you NOT to casually repin without changing the caption that says “I make this all the time and it’s a family favorite!” because it’s a lie. You don’t make it all the time. You don’t even know how it is. And based on my extensive experience, it probably sucks.