Baked Apple Chips

Happy Sunday everyone!! So excited to share this next recipe with you guys: ย Baked Apple Chips. They are delicious and would serve as a perfect “light” Thanksgiving day snack before the “real” eating begins ๐Ÿ˜‰

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**Side note: ย they really aren’t the prettiest things but they sure are tasty! I don’t have a corer, so the slicing was a little messy. But who cares…they still tasted good! Definitely need to invest in one for next time though!

**Next time I also need to cut them thinner – more crisp that way! Ya live and ya learn though right?!?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Ingredients:

-Apples (Granny Smith, Honey Crisp seem to work the best)
-Cinnamon

**Yep, that’s right, only two ingredients!!!**

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Wash apples, core if desired. Then thinly slice (to the best of your ability…it’s harder than it looks!) ๐Ÿ˜‰
  3. Spread out apple slices on baking sheets and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  4. Bake for 1 hour, then flip slices over, sprinkle with more cinnamon, and bake for another hour. (**You may want to cook longer or shorter, depending on the crispiest you want…I got a little impatient and I think took them out too soon!)
  5. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hope that you all enjoyed the recipe! Happy (early) Thanksgiving ๐Ÿ™‚ What is everyone’s food plans for Thanksgiving?? I think I am going to attempt another pie this year and need to find a good vegetable recipe too! Keep on the lookout on Instagram for some photos and stayed tuned for more recipes from the Picky Girl ๐Ÿ™‚

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InsaneInflatable 5K

Tried something this weekend that I never have before…the InsaneInflatable 5K! It was an absolute blast and I am so glad that I signed up. It was actually a lot harder than I thought that it was going to be, climbing and sliding all over the place! haha

I’ve definitely got myself into a rut of being lazy and not working out, but lately I’ve turned over a new leaf and have been getting back into it! I’ve also thought of a new goal: ย run in a race every month for a year…we’ll see how that goes! I do already have one scheduled for November, so that’s a start. Who says it needs to be January to make a new resolution?!?!

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If you’ve never tried it you definitely need to!! And any race that I get a metal, I’m in ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a great week friends ๐Ÿ™‚

Italian Farmer’s Market – Cortona

This weekend I went to my favorite market in Harrisburg and as I was strolling around I was thinking about my time in Italy and one of my absolute favorite days there! Of course all of my Italy days were some of my most favorite ever, but this one particular day is definitely up there in the books!

As a farmer’s market lover and designated foodie, I of course always look for fresh, local, yummy food places wherever I go! And Italy was no exception. My goal was to go to a little Italian farmer’s market on the side of the road…and I succeeded.

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It actually wasn’t that much different from our farmer’s markets here. All of the colors just seemed brighter and more colorful! I felt like a little kid in a candy store ๐Ÿ™‚

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And why yes, that is a 30 pound watermelon!!! And yes it was delicious ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Next stop of the day was my favorite Italian town, Cortona! Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I didn’t love the bigger cities like Florence and Rome (I am still a city girl at heart ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). We were in Italy in August, unfortunately during high tourist season, and the cities were jammed packed with tourists wherever you looked. So I loved the quieter, less crowded feel of the smaller Italian towns. And Cortona was my absolute favorite, but that could just be because that’s where I got my favorite pasta dish of the entire trip! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I mean doesn’t that just look heavenly!!!! Ravioli with pecorino cheese, olive oil, walnuts, and sage. I got it atย Cortona Craft Brewery down a little side street just off of the center of town. (My mouth is watering, just writing about this dish! haha).

I’ve since tried to recreate it and here’s how it turned out:

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It was good, definitely not as good as the original, but good. I am still not completely happy with it though. I am thinking that I will just have to make my own ravioli and I definitely need to use pecorino cheese; I used parmesan cheese and it just didn’t have the right flavor! I will keep experimenting and share my recipe with you all when I perfect it ๐Ÿ™‚ I know that I will never get it to taste as good as on that little side street in Cortona, but I would like to get it pretty darn close!

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We of course had to finish out the day with some gelato! I believe at this stop I had the strawberry, although the lemon everywhere was my absolute favorite. I enjoyed the fruiter flavors best, because it was just so hot!

And yes those are the nutrition facts, so of course I had to pose with them ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Hope that you enjoyed my latest post ๐Ÿ™‚ I just have Florence and Rome left to share and then our tour of Italy will be over ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

But, we will head back to America for more yummy Picky Girl recipes and adventures, so stay tuned!

Todi – Perugia – Arezzo – Siena

Hello everyone! So, I was on a foodie bus trip to NYC last weekend (yes it was just as amazing as it sounds!) and as I was walking around Eataly I realized that I really needed to catch up on my Italy posts for you guys! So, here you go: ย “Italian cities blog tour part II!”

**Side note: ย If you have never been to Eataly you need to go right away! It was amazing; I felt like I was back in Italy (well almost haha). We ordered a Spritz and cheese board and just soaked up the wonderful smells/sights. I also picked up a lot of yummy goodies of course. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Including, homemade pasta, treats, and of course cheese!

Todi

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Todi was the cutest little town with both amazing food and views – a common theme in Italy! It sits on a hill and you have to take a trolley up in order to get to the top ๐Ÿ™‚

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Perugia

Quick stop in Perugia for some chocolate (what they’re known for)!

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Arezzo

Arezzo, complete with a beard groomer in the square, delicious pasta, cute little shops, and the best souvenir ever (currently have it hanging in my office ๐Ÿ˜‰ )! We also were there for a huge antique market that spanned down almost every street; it was fun to look around, everything from furniture to toys to clothes to doorknobs!

**If you recognize the name of this town, it was where some of “Life is Beautiful” was filmed; they have movie posters/pictures in a few spots around town.

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Siena

Gorgeous city! Took a little while to get to, but well worth it. Make sure to wear your walking shoes ๐Ÿ™‚

**Tip: ย when driving to Siena, you have to park on the outskirts of the city (you have to do this a lot in Italy). If you get there too late, the parking lot that you are trying to get to may be full, so without knowing where another lot is you may get a little lost. We also completely missed the escalators that go up to the top and did A LOT of extra walking…definitely got our steps in that day!!

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I hope that you enjoyed ๐Ÿ™‚ Stay tuned for more; up next are some of my favorite adventures from the trip! Hint: ย they have a lot to do with food ๐Ÿ˜‰

Italy – Titignano

Happy Labor Day everyone (I just love days off, don’t you?!?). I am excited to share with you the first part of my Italian getaway: ย Titignano! It is a beautiful castle near Orvieto with gorgeous views that of course include vineyards!

[Get ready for a long post with lots of pictures! ๐Ÿ™‚ ]

 

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We got extremely spoiled with food and wine while we were there; it was hands down the best of both I think out of the entire trip!!

And I got to get in on the action too while I was there, I got the pleasure of taking a pasta-making class with the cutest Italian woman – 85, didn’t speak any English, and had made so much pasta that morning that she had to use 24 eggs!! I even got to keep my rolling pin ๐Ÿ™‚ I want to try to make homemade pasta by myself, so stay tuned to see how that goes!

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The main (wonderful) reason as to why we were in Italy was to celebrate the wedding of two of my favorite people: Ed and Monica โค And let me tell you what…Italians know how to throw a wedding! It was amazing: ย amazing food, amazing people, and an all around amazing time.

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And yes I ate wild boar and pheasant….can you believe it?!?!?!

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During the appetizer hour there was a chef making fresh mozzarella right there (middle, right picture)! It was so cool and I now really want to try and make it myself, so stay tuned for that as well! ๐Ÿ™‚ Check out my Instagram for a full video!

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Congrats again to the beautiful couple! Thanks for sharing your special day with us ๐Ÿ™‚ Love you and miss you both! (Come visit soon!)

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Italy

Buongiorno everyone! Finally back from Italy, over my jet lag, and ready to share all of the amazing details from my trip with you ๐Ÿ™‚

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If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already gotten a little preview ๐Ÿ˜‰ . But, stay tuned on here; I will be sharing with you all of the places that I went and of course all of the delicious food that I ate along the way! Here’s what to expect:

Titignano
Todi
Perugia
Arezzo
Siena
Italian Farmer’s Market
Cortona
Pienza and Montepulciano
Florence
Rome

Can’t wait to share it all with you ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, I have some Italian recipes on the way too, so stay tuned!

Ciao,

Kristen

 

Burrata Caprese Salad

Happy Sunday friends! Lately, I have been loving making Caprese salads. Did you know that its colors are supposed to resemble the Italian Flag? They are super easy to make, light, fresh, and of course delicious! This Picky Girl still doesn’t care for raw tomatoes too much, but when you put them with any type of cheese – mmmmm mmmmmm good! Caprese ย salad is just as delicious if you switch out the mozzarella for burrata, if not even more! Burrata is a cheese made from mozzarella and cream.

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What you need:

-Burrata
-Tomatoes
-Basil
-Salt
-Balsamic Glaze (You can add olive oil instead if you want to!)

It’s just that easy! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

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