It’s time for another Pinterest Tested! But before we get started, I have something exciting to share! I’ve been featured as the pinner of the week on Pin-n-Tell. They tried out my Chocolate Mousse and are challenging others to try out something from my blog. If you do, link-up your results to the link-up at the bottom of the post and  you’ll have a chance to win $10 on Pin-n-Tell’s online store. You can also join their Pin-n-Tell party for a chance to win a feature on their blog.

Pinterest Tested January Week 2

image source: Tabler Party of Two

Sugared Cranberries @Tabler Party of Two

I love cranberry juice, dried cranberries, and even baked goods with cranberries. Yet,  I’ve never eaten fresh cranberries. Weird right? Anyway, when this recipe was linked up to the Merry Monday Link Party, I knew I had to give it try. The recipe itself is really simple. You basically soak the cranberries overnight in simple syrup, drain, dry, and roll in sugar.

For those that have never tried fresh cranberries, don’t let their pretty red color fool you. Cranberries are very tart…lip puckering, eye shutting, spit it out kind of tart with a side of earthy flavor. At least, that was the kind of reaction I got from all of my kids.

Now for the burning question – how did it taste? The sugar definitely helped mask the tart flavor of the cranberries, but my youngest daughter was the only person that liked it. I think this is an acquired taste and something that will grow on you the more you eat it. On the plus side, I now have a bowl of sweetened cranberries that I can use in some baking!

Herb-marinated-porkHerb-Marinated Pork Tenderloins @Food Network

Does your husband go grocery shopping with you? My hubby likes to tag along and has a special way of  “helping” me. He randomly tosses meat into the cart that he wants me to cook for dinner. Subtle right?

After wading through the multitude of pork recipes on Pinterest, I decided to make Ina Garten’s Herb-Marinated Pork Tenderloin recipe. Her recipe calls for fresh thyme and rosemary, which I substituted the dried versions that I had in my pantry. That was the only ingredient substitution made and I followed the cooking instructions as written.

The searing of the pork and finishing in the oven produced a super moist pork and the seasoning was perfect. Everyone loved this recipe and agreed that this is a keeper!

garlicPeel Garlic the Easy Way

Have you seen those pins on Pinterest about peeling garlic in 10 seconds or peeling it the easy way? It peaked my interest and I decided to try this technique when I prepared the Herb-marinated pork tenderloin recipe.

I placed garlic cloves in a hard plastic container* and vigorously shook it for 15-20 seconds. To my surprise, this technique actually works! If you have a recipe that calls for lots of garlic, this technique would be a great time saver.

*The trick to this technique is to use a hard container: glass, plastic, metal. It doesn’t work well with disposable soft plastic containers.

What have you tried from Pinterest this week?

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  1. The pork looks delicious but I don’t eat pork so I clicked on the link, thinking maybe the marinade would be good for chicken. The link didn’t work for me. 🙁

  2. I am always impressed with how well any Ina Garten recipe turns out! And that is a super cool trick with the garlic – if I have a recipe that calls for a LOT of garlic, I’ll usually just spend a little more on the jars of peeled garlic, but this will save me money 🙂