Hi I’m Christina and I’m an addict (Hi, Christina). I’m addicted to Pinterest. I love it so much I’m even doing a presentation about it in one of my classes this week!!! And honestly I can’t even believe I’m posting this, because the Internet needs another blog post about Pinterest like I need a hole in my head. As of the time I’m writing this if you do a google blog search, keyword, “Pinterest,” and you’ll get 9,260,000 hits…yeah…that’s a lot. That includes people I follow, like Sherry from Young House Love, and Ali Edwards. But I can’t help it. I have a problem…but isn’t admitting that the first step?
For those of you who have not been in the loop of awesomeness (because if you’re not aware of Pinterest, OBVIOUSLY you are NOT awesome…JK!), Pinterest is basically a visual social bookmarking site. Like De.lici.ous but with pictures! You create virtual “pinboards” and when you come across something on the web you want to bookmark for later, you “pin” an image from that page and then it all saves to the Pinterest cloud and is beautifully organized for later. It’s great for saving DIY craft ideas, or beauty tips, or nesting ideas. For example in the non-digital world, I used to pull clippings from wedding magazines and file them in a binder, but on Pinterest I can just grab images from around the web and they are all in one place that I can access from any computer any time!
In addition to cataloguing, it’s a place for inspiration. All pins are public, so you can see what inspires everyone else. Then you can find people who have similar interests and are pinning things from all over the web, “follow” them, and see things that you haven’t discovered and vice versa.
Anyway, now that I’ve waxed eloquent for Pinterest, what I’ve been using it for frequently is saving recipes that I want to try. Since I’ve been on a quick meal kick because of school and homework and trying to keep up on this blog, I’ve been trying out recipes that are quick and easy. And then I remembered the amazing-ness that is Pinterest, and how I’d pinned this recipe for Mixed Mushroom Spaghetti from Family Feedbag. It sounded delicious, although, I altered it gently because of the ingredients I had on hand, and the cream sauce just seemed slightly too heavy at the time I was making it. But my version was DEFINITELY delicious and if you need a (slightly) lighter version, try mine! This made a couple servings which lasted me a couple of leftover meals afterwards, so it’s totally a time-saving device as well. So I can get back to Pinterest…I mean…Facebook! er…Twitter? I mean…HOMEWORK, so I can get back to HOMEWORK!!
Mixed Mushroom Spaghetti
1/2 lb dry spaghetti
4 tbsp butter
1/2 cup onion, diced
2 garlic clove, minced
4 cups mixed mushrooms, sliced (I used shiitake, bella, and white)
1 tsp fresh thyme
pinch of fresh ground nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste
Prepare the spaghetti according to the package. While the spaghetti is boiling, chop the mushrooms. Sweat the onions and the garlic in a pan over medium heat with the butter, and then add the mushrooms. Sauté the mushrooms until they have browned nicely and season with thyme, nutmeg, salt, and pepper.
When the pasta is done cooking, drain and toss with the mushroom mix. Enjoy! Oh and check out Pinterest if you haven’t already…although that’s not part of the recipe. I’m just saying that…
Note: for extra veggie goodness, I served this with sliced heirloom tomatoes, drizzled with EVOO, and sprinkled with a little S&P!
If you’re on Pinterest, give me a follow! And let me know what YOU think of Pinterest. Do you love and obsess as much as I do? Are you indifferent? Do you hate it? I’d love to hear your thoughts!