Much like hoards of females (and a handful of savvy males), I too joined the ranks of Pinterest a few months ago. Pinterest is a website from which you create virtual inspiration boards to bookmark or “pin” things to that you would like to keep track of or share with others. It’s also a fantastic way to discover new and interesting ideas from what others pin or repin (repost). You download the “Pin It” tool and drag it to your bookmarks bar; anytime you find something online that you want to add, you call up the tool and pin away to the appropriate category. The most popular boards have to do with craft and diy projects, food recipes and home decor. Oh, and pallets. There are almost 1,000 repins from my pin on a home theater seating set up with pallets!

Just like my addiction with another social networking site, Pinterest has been gobbling up a huge chunk of my life like Pac-Man on speed. However, as counterproductive as it may sound, it is an oxymoron of sorts with the amount of useful things that you’re able to discover on other people’s boards. That is, if you ever actually get around to making any of them.

One such item that was pinned was the use of a mason jar instead of the bulky carafe to whip things up in your blender. Genius! As soon as I saw that, I made haste to the kitchen; threw open my cabinet doors; and proceeded to fit any and all sizes to my blender blade attachment. These attachments vary by make and/or model, so mine only accommodates the 2 1/2″ diameter opening. Check to see which ones adapt to yours.

Making cilantro sauce in the blender was always such a pain with regards to clean up, so naturally this was going to be my first thing to try. I decided I’d only do half a recipe so as to leave enough space for the ingredients to whirl about. Much to my giddiness, the trial was an easy success and I was duly vindicated in my obsession with Pinterest. The added bonus was that I could store any leftover sauce in the vessel from which I blended it in. No need to purchase a Magic Bullet folks, use your versatile mason jars instead!

Below you’ll find the recipe for the cilantro sauce with which I combined with freshly cooked rice and drizzled over a fried egg and seared skirt steak. Happy pinning!

Mason Jar Cilantro Sauce

  • 1/2 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • sea salt & fresh ground pepper

Place everything in mason jar, fit blender blade attachment and secure to blender base. Process according to how chunky you want your sauce to be.

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