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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Fig Jam, Goat Cheese, and Prosciutto Pizza

Happy New Year everyone! I hope that you all had a lovely holiday with your friends and family. In my personal opinion this three day weekend went way too fast…good thing it’s a short week!!

Every New Years Eve our tradition is to make homemade pizzas. This year I decided to try a new recipe that I recreated from a pizza that I had at a restaurant recently. (I know, I know crazy that the Picky Girl actually ordered a pizza with meat on it…it was a big step!) And I had to share it with all of you, because I am in love with this new recipe! I definitely think that it will be one of my go-tos for homemade pizza nights to come.

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Ingredients:

Pizza crust
Fig Jam (I used one that my friend got me in Italy, but I’ve seen it in local grocery stores too)
Goat Cheese (the restaurant used gorgonzola)
Prosciutto

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Make dough. I always use the master recipe from The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day cookbook.
  3. Shape dough.  Bake crust in oven for about 3 minutes before adding the toppings.
  4. Spread on fig jam, add goat cheese, and then prosciutto.
  5. Bake in oven for about 20 minutes until curst browns.
  6. Enjoy!

**Nutrition Information depends on size of pizza and amount of toppings used.**

Hope that you all enjoyed the recipe! I hope that you and your family have a happy, healthy, and joyful new year. Stay tuned for more from the Picky Girl!

Veggie Chili

Hello everyone…wow, it’s been awhile! This whole adulting thing is very time consuming, with a full time job, graduate school, and trying to find time to actually have a social life things have gotten pretty busy for me these past few months. But one of my new year’s resolutions is to do more of the things that I love (which includes blogging!), so lets hope these long hiatuses from the blogging world are officially over 🙂

While on my long hiatus I did try out some new recipes! One of my favorites was my recipe creation for “Veggie Chili,” especially with this whole cold weather thing that’s been going on (is it summer yet?). I entered my chili into a Chili Cookoff fundraiser for our Relay for Life team. I didn’t win, but it was number one in my book and I did help raise money for a good cause!

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Honestly, I just sort of put a pot on the stove and started throwing random stuff into it, hoping that it eventually would turn into chili! I have to say, though, sometimes those are how the best recipes come to be and I think mine turned out pretty delicious if I do say so myself!

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Ingredients: (for about 10-15 servings)

-2 tbsp olive oil
-2 medium sized onions
-4 medium sized bell peppers
-2 cups butternut squash
-1 medium sized sweet potato
-2 jalapeños
-1 medium sized portabella mushroom
-3 8 oz cans of diced tomatoes w/ green chiles
-1 8 oz can black beans
-1 tsp turmeric (this was my secret ingredient for the Chili Cookoff!)
-2 tbsp chili powder
-2 tsp cumin
-4 cups water
-1 cup farro

Directions:

  1. Chop and dice vegetables to desired sizes.
  2. In a large skillet sauté onions for about 5 minutes in olive oil on medium heat.
  3. Add peppers, squash, sweet potato, jalapeños, and mushroom.
  4. Cover on medium heat until squash and sweet potatoes are soft, about 5-10 minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes, black beans, spices, water and farro.
  6. Turn up to high heat until it simmers.
  7. Turn to low heat, cover for 20 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information (serving size: about 1 cup):  237 calories, 3 g fat, 46 g carbs, 8.4 g protein, 126 mg sodium, 11 g fiber. [Dietitian approved :)]

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Original Picky Girl Recipe.

Tomato Chips

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Happy Sunday everyone! Wondering what to do with the last of the tomatoes that you grew in your garden this year?? Well if so, I have got the recipe for you…”Tomato Chips”! They are salty, savory, low calorie, and delicious! They kind of taste like a pizza just without the crust! We have been making them for an appetizer for most of the football Saturdays this season and they have been a big hit. It’s a pretty easy recipe, just takes forever, so make sure that you have enough time to make them.

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Ingredients:

Tomatoes
Salt
Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Slice tomatoes (less than a 1/4 inch wide).
  3. Place sliced tomatoes on cooling rack covered with parchment paper, then on top of a baking pan [Tip:  see picture below for set up].
  4. Drizzle tomatoes with salt.
  5. Cook in oven for about 2 and a half hours. [Tip:  Rotate frequently! As you can see from the above photo it’s rather easy for them to get a bit crispy!]
  6. Immediately after removing from oven, sprinkle with cheese.
  7. Peel tomatoes off of parchment paper. [Tip:  If they stick, they aren’t done yet, the tomatoes should peel easily off of the parchment paper].
  8. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information: (For about 5 slices) 31.5 calories, 0.8 g of fat, 5.8 g of carbohydrate, 1.6 g of protein.

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Have a great week!! Stay tuned for more from the Picky Girl 🙂

HBG Restaurant Week Recap

Hello everyone! For the past two weeks it has been Restaurant Week in Harrisburg. A total of 18 restaurants around the area participated. The whole event was put together by the Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District. It was two weeks full of delicious food and fine dining throughout the Harrisburg area, a foodie’s dream! It was a great way to support local restaurants and to try new foods. Many of the items on the restaurants’ menus are not normally on their regular menus, so it was a way for the chefs to try out new recipes as well.

At each restaurant you could either get 3 courses for $30 or 2 dine for $40. Each restaurant got to choose which of the deals they would offer. I made it to a total of 3 restaurants for Restaurant Week and all of my meals were excellent! They all also just happen to be 3 of my favorite restaurants in the Harrisburg area.

  1. Note. Bistro & wine bar:

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Here was the 3 courses for $30:

First course:  Watermelon & feta salad, mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, tequila vinaigrette

Second course:  Shrimp & fresh basil pesto cavatelli, shaved grana padano

Third course:  Homemade shortbread cookies, lemon curd, fresh berries

All I have to say is absolutely delicious!! I think I am still full from all of the food, but everything that I ordered was fantastic! The lemon curd with homemade shortbread cookies was the perfect light and refreshing dessert after a big meal. You could also buy a wine flight pairing for each course, which is a great idea but I decided not to do it, because I don’t care for the Port dessert wines. Something unique about this restaurant is that on every table there is a different pair of salt and pepper shakers:

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Check it out and see which ones you find on your table!

 

2.  Pastorante:

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Here was the 2 Dine for $40:

Antipasti:  Bruschetta

Pasta:  Black Mac with Fig Jam (Squid Ink Mac baked with shitake mushrooms in mascarpone cream sauce. Served with caramelized onions and fig Jam).

Dolce:  Pana cotta with berries

Everything that I normally order at Pastorante is amazing, but they really stepped up their game for Restaurant Week! My Black Mac with Fig Jam was one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted. You may be thinking that squid ink mac and cheese with fig jam is a strange pairing, but it was actually amazing! I am not sure how the chef came up with this pairing, but it was perfect. Hard to describe, but the sweetness of the jam with the savory of the Black Mac was a taste sensation!

 

3. Bricco:

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Here was also the 3 courses for $30:

Antipasti:  Sputini Sampler (Roasted Mushrooms with cider vinegar pearls, golden beets and camelot valley goat cheese Olive tapenade).

Secondi:  Baked Ratatouille (toasted red quinoa & harissa sauce).

Dessert:  Bourbon Pecan Tart (maple cinnamon cream, bittersweet chocolate).

Here I ordered things that I probably would never order on a regular menu and was pleasantly surprised. The Baked Ratatouille was a bit spicy, but the pairing with the quinoa was great! By the time that I got to dessert I was so full that I couldn’t finish the whole thing!

 

All in all I would say that my first experience with Harrisburg Restaurant week was fantastic and I can’t wait for next year! [I think I am going to need a full year to be hungry again!] 🙂

North Carolina

Happy Saturday everyone! I know that I am happy that it’s the weekend! Today, I am going to share with you more of my 50 by 50 challenge. [If you forget the rules, follow this link 🙂]

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My next stop on my 50 by 50 challenge was North Carolina, however, technically this was the very first state I visited (but, oh well). For my North Carolina market I chose The Seaside Farm Market in Corolla, NC. I visited there earlier this summer with a few friends and had a blast. I ended up going towards the end of the week, so all I bought was a watermelon to take home (that’s all I had room for in my vehicle), but it was a pretty good watermelon! They also sell lots of other produce, wine, seafood, bakery items (that looked pretty darn good!), and many other things. I love the Outer Banks, so hopefully I will have a chance to go back soon and I will definitely do my shopping earlier in my trip (that way I’ll have more time to eat all of the yummy goodies)!

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If you are looking for an awesome watermelon recipe, check out mine for Watermelon Pizza. It is to die for!

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Stay tuned for more adventures and recipes! And I am always taking suggestions on where I should visit next 🙂

Game Day Salsa

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Happy Game Day everybody!!! Who’s excited?!?!?! I know I am! Today, for the first game of the season I turned a few of the many of tomatoes that we acquired from a farmer’s market (check out my Instagram for a photo…didn’t even make a dent in them)!

I used Home Again Creative’s Homemade Salsa Recipe. It turned out pretty delicious and was a big hit as an appetizer before our homemade nachos (I’ll post a picture of those later on Instagram for you all to see).

The only thing I changed in the recipe was that I only added one jalapeño instead of two because I tried it and it does have quite a kick to it already!!

Enjoy and hope you all are enjoying the start of football season. Go Blue!!! [Obviously I’m excited for the start of Michigan football! 🙂 ]

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