Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Pinstrosity

by Meghann on October 16, 2012

There’s a great blog out there called Pinstrosity. I love it because not only does it feature great pinterest disasters, but it also offers advice on how prevent those disasters from happening in the future. My favorite post involves this famous pin:

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http://www.wilton.com/recipe/Sugar-Cookie-Bowls

And what usually ends up happening when people try to copy that pin.

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http://pinstrosity.blogspot.com/2012/03/cookie-bowl-mayhem.html

(check out more disasters HERE).

Most pinners see the pin (without clicking through for directions) and assume the concept is as easy as using chocolate chip cookie dough to make the shells. Turns out it’s not that simple. The shells are actually made using a stiff SUGAR cookie sugar dough that tends to hold its shape a little more during the baking process.

When you follow the directions, the shells do work.

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Funny what happens when you follow directions. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Of course, sometimes disasters happen even when the directions are followed (or attempted to be followed).

I found this pin for 5 Ingredient Breakfast Stuffed Acorn Squash the other week and had big plans for it for dinner tonight.

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That is, until I accidentally set the oven too high and burned the acorn squash.

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#Fail

Unfortunately at that point the squash was way too soft to hold its shape and there was no way either half was going to survive another trip in the oven. So I did another thing Pinstrosity recommends when a pin doesn’t go as planned, I made it my own.

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And you know what? I think I may like my version better. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The original recipe called for breakfast sausage, but I decided to go a different route even before I burnt the acorn squash.

I started with sweet peppers, garlic, and onion.

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Then added ground chicken, fennel seed, dried sage, salt, and pepper to the pan. (the fennel and sage give the ground chicken a sausage flavor)

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This is the point where I would have added the “sausage” to the acorn squash, but since that wasn’t happening I added the squash to the sausage instead.

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Once everything was combined and nice and hot, I flattened everything in the pan and cracked three eggs on top.

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The pan went in the oven at 375 for 15 minutes.

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Voila!

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Not exactly what I originally had in mind for dinner (granted the original pin is way prettier of a photo ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), but it worked, almost like a sausage/squash/egg casserole. I’d make it again in a heartbeat.

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Have you ever had a “Pinstrosity”? What happened?

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