Personal Shopping Assistant?
I use Pinterest for all of these things fairly regularly. It works for me because it allows for serendipity, as well as more focused discovery. I either browse Pinterest to let the images and ideas roll over me (and then I repin and categorize the ones I really like and think I may use some day) or I type a term in the search box and seek inspiration that way.
Here’s an example:
I needed to make something with eggplant. I scanned about ten different recipes (I wasn’t in the mood for eggplant parm, so I skipped all of those). Finally, I went to the kitchen and got to work. I cut-up an eggplant, half an onion, and two small tomatoes. I layered these in a baking dish with a little olive oil, breadcrumbs, and garlic. Then I sprinkled basalmic vinegar, some cinnamon, and a little brown sugar on top. I started cooking the dish at 375 degrees and checked on it every twenty minutes. It probably took an hour. While it was cooking, I tasted and added more vinegar and more garlic. In the end, I made my own sweet and saucy eggplant. And it turned out pretty good.
As I was working on my eggplant dish, I realized that Pinterest helped to show me different ways of working with eggplant, but I ultimately went to work without a recipe. I was confident enough in my abilities and tastes to create my own dish.
For all things domestic especially, Pinterest provides a visually-based wealth of knowledge and ideas. I’m a fan! It has benefited my closet, my cooking, and my kids. Thanks, Pinterest.
For your continued reading pleasure, here are a couple of articles a friend of mine at school shared with me on Pinterest. See what you think!
Article in Salon.
Article in Slate.
How do you use Pinterest?