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:  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! 🙂 ]

 

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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 🙂 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 ❤ And let me tell you what…Italians know how to throw a wedding! It was amazing:  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! 🙂 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 🙂 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 🙂

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If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already gotten a little preview 😉 . 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 🙂 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  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 🙂

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A Dietitian’s Review of HelloFresh

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Hello everyone! For the past few weeks we have been trying HelloFresh. Companies, like this one, have grown in popularity recently, so I’ve been wanting to try one and of course share with you what I thought about it! If you aren’t familiar with how HelloFresh works checkout their website. However, the gist of it is that they send you a box full of all of the ingredients you need to make a few recipes each week. The only ingredients that you need to provide yourself are salt, pepper, sugar, and oil. You can pick the Classic, Family, or Veggie plan. Each are about $10 per meal per person.

Recipes we tried:  (** = favorite)

  • Soy-Marinated Steak with Peanut Sauce and Crispy Broccoli
  • Fun-Day Fajita Bar
  • Gussied up Grits
  • One-Pan Pesto Tortelloni Bake with Asparagus and Parmesan**
  • Spanish-Style Cod with Chickpeas over Zucchini and Arugula
  • Cherry-Drizzled Pork Chops with Couscous Salad
  • Sweet Italian Sausages and Blistered Tomatoes over Cheesy Kale Polenta
  • Speedy Springtime Pasta
  • Penne with Sausage, Corn, and Zucchini
  • Asparagus and Prosciutto Tartines with Lemon Pepper Ricotta and a Potato Hash (tartines weren’t my favorite, however, the potato hash was really good!) **
  • Mario Batali’s Spaghetti with Fresh Tomatoes, Chorizo, and Basil
  • Italian Sausage and Veggie Skewers over Cheesy Herbed Orzo **
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Asparagus and Prosciutto Tartines

 

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Pesto Tortelloni Bake

 

As you can see we tried quite a few recipes! All of them were pretty good. I can’t say that any were absolutely the best most outstanding thing that I had ever tasted, but none of them were horrible. All were pretty tasty! Especially the Tortelloni Bake, the crispy of the topping was fantastic!

Pros:

  • Each recipe comes with nutrition info 🙂 (As a dietitian, you know that I was happy about this! All of them were pretty good; around 500-700 calories each serving – more info can be found on their website, including allergy info).
  • Step-by-step picture directions (super easy to follow!)
  • Creative, a lot of them I wouldn’t think of myself!
  • Easy, not very complicated recipes.
  • They send you everything, pre-measured, and labeled.
  • The ingredients are actually fresh! (I was really impressed by this!)
  • Well-packaged (includes ice packs, they put the meat on the bottom separated out so it doesn’t leak on the fresh items, and each recipe has its on box with everything you need).
  • We ordered for two people and it was enough for the three of us (for some of the dishes, like the pastas, we just had to add a bit more pasta that we already had on hand).

 

Here are some photos of the all of the ingredients laid out so that you get an idea:

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Fun-Day Fajita Bar

 

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Soy-Marinated Steak with Peanut Sauce and Crispy Broccoli (aren’t those soy sauce fish cute?!?!)

Cons:

  • Their website was a bit hard to use, I found the app to be much easier.
  • Don’t offer a plan for only one person, however, you could order it for two and then stretch each recipes out for two meals (don’t offer a three person meal plan either).
  • None of the tastes absolutely wowed me (all got a good rating though!)

 

It was honestly really nice to come home, grab the box, grab the directions and just get going. I don’t know about you, but in my family by the time we all get home, catch up about the day, and then start thinking about dinner plans it gets to be about 8 o’clock at night. It was awesome to not have to think after a long day; everything was already thought out for you! It was also pretty fun to cook the recipes together (my dad got really into it haha) and then critique them and rate our favorites.

We have stopped our order for now, but plan to pick it back up again in the fall/winter when fresh ingredients aren’t as readily available in our area.

Try it out for yourself and let me know what you think (I don’t think that you will be disappointed)!

 

(**These are my honest opinions; I received no compensation for my comments**)

Quincy Market – Massachusetts

Hello everyone! I’m finally back! What do you think of the new look? It is officially summertime for me and I am ready to get back into the blogging world. I am looking forward to new summer recipes and adventures that I can share with all of you!

My first summer adventure was another stop on my 50 by 50 tour in Boston, Massachusetts. I chose Qunicy Market at Faneuil Hall for my Massachusetts stop. My friend and I were still full from a big breakfast, so we just had a few snacks while we were there, but it was still a neat place to walk around. I would love to go back sometime when I’m more hungry to try more yummy treats! We went on a Monday and it seemed like a lot of folks were there on their lunch break; which I would absolutely love to have a place near my office to go to like this for lunch. Maybe someday! 🙂

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They had rows and rows of stands with all sorts of food; everything from gourmet desserts to Italian to Boston favorites to Chinese:

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The inside was so cool!

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Had some Boston ice cream: 🙂

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I also tried some clam chowder, which I did enjoy, don’t pay attention to the look on my face….obviously I was a little hesitate to try it, but this Picky Girl did like it!

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Also, ran into a few old friends 🙂

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone! I hope that you all had an egg-tastic day with family and friends! I had a lovely weekend full of lots of yummy food and some of my favorite people 🙂

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My contribution to Easter dinner were these cute little desserts. They were a bigger hit than I thought that they would be, almost all of them disappeared! Super easy to make too! First, make the typical Rice Krispie treat recipe that you find on the side of the box. Then shape Rice Krispie treats into nests (I used a muffin baking pan), sprinkle on coconut flakes for the grass (I dyed them with green food coloring), and add a few eggs (I used candy “Robin” eggs). There are tons of different recipes all over Pinterest too if you get stuck.

Enjoy the rest of your night and have a fabulous week; stay tuned for more from the Picky Girl!

 

**I have no affiliation with the Rice Krispie treat company and did not receive any compensation for this post.**

Shrimp Fajitas

Feels like forever since my last post (about a month actually, sorry!), but life kind of has gotta in the way recently! Now I’m back though and ready to share one of my newest favorite dinners with you all.

Lately, I have been seeing a lot of posts on Pinterest about one-pan meals and I think that they are amazing! Such inventive ideas that are perfect for when you need a quick dinner for a busy weeknight (and I’ve had a lot of those lately!). The first one-pan recipe that I attempted was “Shrimp Fajitas.”

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I mean don’t they just look delicious?!?!?! And trust me they are! Follow this link for the recipe for “Shrimp Fajitas“. The only things that I changed were: I didn’t add cilantro and I added fresh onion and garlic instead of onion/garlic powder. Mine also took a bit longer than what they said. But, they were still fantastic!

I hope that you enjoy this recipe and please let me know what you think! Happy Cooking 🙂

 

P.S. Thank you to my favorite follower and my number one fan; who read all of my posts, commented, and as I found out later saved all of my recipes. Thank you for passing on your love of cooking and trying new recipes to me (even though it may have taken this Picky Girl a little while to catch on 🙂 ). Love and miss you Granddad forever and always ❤ 🙂

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