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May 29, 2012
I did my best to resist Pinterest. Truly. Like all of you, I've got too much on my plate and I'm always playing a type of triage game with time and projects. So did I need another attention-grabber? Nope. But am I loving Pinterest? Yup. In fact, even as I'm writing, I'm eating Jean-Georges's Kale Salad with Caesar Dressing, a recipe I found on Pinterest and one I've been eating everyday since. (I bought a bushel of kale [only a slight exaggeration] and the recipe for the dressing makes lots.) Today's salad includes sunflower seeds and raisins. Yesterday's had grilled shrimp.
The recipe is here, on Serious Eats. I added another anchovy to the dressing and a bit more cheese. Also, instead of whisking in the olive oil, I continued in the food processor. Laziness had gotten the better of me, but the dressing survived ... beautifully.
And today I found this gorgeous, gorgeous, cinnamon bread
It's a sweet yeast bread, spread with cinnamon-butter, then rolled and twisted and baked, and I was just knocked out when I saw it pinned on Pinterest by Diane Cu, one half of the talented White on Rice Couple. The bread is called an Estonian Kringel -- had you heard of it? it was a first for me -- and just seeing it has started me thinking about variations and possibilities.
The recipe for the Kringel is here -- scroll down to get the English version. I haven't tried it yet, but if you do, please write and tell all of us how it came out.
In the meantime, while I'm not doing my work, I'll see you on Pinterest.
, Diana Cu
, Jean-Georges Vongerichten
, Serious Eats
, White on Rice Couple
Salads & Sides
Pille @ Nami-Nami
| May 29, 2012 1:32 PM
I've definitely heard of it and have enjoyed a slice or two at every single birthday party (mine or family's or friends') since I was born. But then I am an Estonian food blogger, so it's a must for me.
Kringel comes in many shapes - usually a large number-8 - and there are many ways of twisting and shaping it, as well as seasoning it. I always put lots of raisins and icing sugar-buttercream inside and cover with a dark chocolate glaze and perhaps few handfuls of chopped nuts.
Barbara @ Barbara Bakes
| May 29, 2012 1:49 PM
What a fabulous bread. I repinned it. I'd love to give it a go.
replied to comment from Pille @ Nami-Nami
| May 29, 2012 8:56 PM
Pille- Thanks so much for writing to me. This sounds delicious and I look forward to trying it for myself.
replied to comment from Barbara @ Barbara Bakes
| May 29, 2012 8:57 PM
Barbara- I am so glad you repinned it. Please let me know if you try out the recipe and thanks for commenting.
| May 29, 2012 11:52 PM
Pinterest is great for social bookmarking, but what about personal bookmarking - the bookmarks for the sites you visit over and over - a real productivity booster instead of something that "keeps you from your deadline"? I use iCrumz.com.
| May 30, 2012 3:45 PM
Love this post, Dorie! I felt the same way after I found Pinterest; as if food blogs weren't enough to tempt my palate (and distract me from my dissertation), Pinterest came along and stole a solid 3-4 days of my life.
But now that I've been using it for a little more than a month, I'm a little more disciplined...but only a little.
| May 30, 2012 4:48 PM
dorie, your pinterest has already led me to many a yummy. chickpeas, kale salad, corn roasted jalapeno hummus, stir-fried noodle and ginger, cauliflower, paletas, a very cool lead to check out illustrated bites' wordpress drawings, laughed BIG at the signage about --unattended children-- , and then bookmarked several more misc must check-out posts. i am blaming you for me ALSO not meeting my own deadlines yesterday, today and (i am sure) all tomorrows. :-)
Martha in KS
| May 30, 2012 7:42 PM
I signed up for Pinterest & then didn't take the time to figure it out. This cake looks like "inside out cinnamon rolls." Gorgeous!
| May 30, 2012 8:30 PM
The Kringel my Norwegian Aunt made was basically a cardamom sweet bread bun made in pretzel shapes for individual servings. She sometimes used to make them in animal shapes The snail shape had a clove for the eye :-) The Scandinavian bakery in town Kringel is a very sweet puff pastry dough baked in a big pretzel shape with almond/marzipan and lots of glaze
Lori @ In My Kitchen, In My Life
| May 31, 2012 9:35 AM
Pinterest can be great or evil. After a few weeks of looking at it way too much, I'm settled down back into real life again. It is fun, though, when I have a few minutes.
| May 31, 2012 11:37 PM
I pinned this recipe some time ago & made it quickly thereafter. It was heavenly. Soft on the inside with a crispy crust and just the right amount of cinnamon. I think I need to make it again to relive this lovely memory!
replied to comment from Matthew Graczyk
| June 2, 2012 6:52 AM
Matthew- Thanks for the tip. I will have to check this out.
replied to comment from katy
| June 2, 2012 6:55 AM
Katy- Thanks so much for your comments. I am glad you share my Pinterest Obsession and best of luck with your dissertation!
replied to comment from IGredux
| June 2, 2012 6:59 AM
IGredux- I am so glad you are enjoying Pinterest as much as I am. Thanks for your sweet comments.
replied to comment from Martha in KS
| June 2, 2012 6:59 AM
Martha in KS- Thanks for your comment. I hope it tastes as good as it looks.
replied to comment from martina
| June 2, 2012 7:01 AM
Martina- That sounds heavenly. Thanks so much for sharing anecdote that with me.
replied to comment from Lori @ In My Kitchen, In My Life
| June 2, 2012 7:02 AM
Lori- I guess everything is good in moderation! Thanks for your comment.
replied to comment from Marie
| June 2, 2012 7:03 AM
Marie- Thanks so much for your glowing report. I am glad it tastes as good as it looks in a photograph.
| June 3, 2012 11:09 PM
Well, I just don't know about this pinterest business. I keep hearing/reading about it, but all that my now-middle-aged self can do is to recall my young and all-too-wild days when, after hearing rumours of the new drug-on-the-block, I'd find myself at a club with some near-stranger/new boyfriend telling me "Oh, come on...just TRY it!....it's not REALLY addictive...."
(Just for the record?...I distinctly recall once being told that something wasn't "Really" addictive. Having grown up in a medical family, I didn't find that sales-pitch very convincing).
In any case, I think I'm going to have to avoid knowing anything about pinterest. It sounds very addictive. My good guess is that (as with television, which I don't have in the house simply because I'm completely sure I'd watch it all day long, everyday & forever)I would be "on" pinterest to the exclusion of absolutely everything else in my life.
Best of luck to you, though.....going through your books, I've already gathered that you're a far more self-disciplined person than I am, so you can probably handle "pinterest" better than I could.
| June 4, 2012 11:12 AM
Dorrie, I thought of you the other night, watching a student at the CIA's Escoffier Room, struggling with cheese service. The poor cheese was just a mess when she was finished serving our portion (but tasted great)!
Love Pinterest and look forward to following you on it!
replied to comment from david terry
| June 5, 2012 7:57 PM
David Terry- Your comments make me smile and laugh- thanks for writing in and brightening a busy day.
replied to comment from Anne Maxfield
| June 5, 2012 7:58 PM
Anne Maxfield- Thanks for sharing your cheese anecdote with me. See you on Pinterest!
| June 7, 2012 6:16 PM
I know Pinterest is your new found love but the 'Desserts of Pierre Herme' just introduced me to mine. The ganache in the 'chocolate Banana Tart' is nothing short of sublime...I stayed up late last night making it..and my my, watching it come together, cutting into it and that first bite...it's nothing short of divine and I've been smiling all day to myself for staying up and making such fine memories!