Archive - November, 2011

How to Get Your Leftover French Fries Perfectly Crispy Again

How to Get Your Leftover French Fries Perfectly Crispy Again // wishfulchef.com

I’m excited to introduce a new category today: Tips & Techniques. I hope this will turn into a section that can provide you all with helpful tips to make home cooking a little easier. Feedback is much appreciated, so if you have any great tips or techniques to share, please add them via the comment form. The first tip I’m sharing is quite simple but very helpful nevertheless.

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Pasta and Beans – Made with Whole Wheat Penne and Prosciutto

Pasta and Beans   Made with Whole Wheat Penne and Prosciutto // wishfulchef.com Pasta and beans, or Pasta e Fagioli, is a staple in Italian cooking. Like many Italian dishes, it started as a peasant meal consisting of basic, widely available ingredients. I love cooking with both pasta and beans, so I enjoyed preparing a dish that combines the two. The result is a well rounded dish where the beans provide a good amount of protein to the pasta. Leave out the butter and prosciutto for an excellent vegan meal.

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Leftover Mashed Sweet Potatoes Topped with Pecans and Pumpkin Seeds

Leftover Mashed Sweet Potatoes Topped with Pecans and Pumpkin Seeds // wishfulchef.comHere’s a simple dessert made from leftover Thanksgiving mashed sweet potatoes. These mini casseroles are a perfect little sweet treat with a crunchy pecan and pumpkin seed topping. Since the sweet potato mash is already done, this will be ready in a flash!
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How to Make Herb Garlic Butter – Stored in Ice Cube Trays

How to Make Herb Garlic Butter   Stored in Ice Cube Trays // wishfulchef.com Homemade herbed butter is one of the easiest and most satisfying condiments to make. You can use most herbs (try rosemary, basil, parsley) and store it in the freezer or fridge until it’s ready to be used. The ice cube shapes make it readily available in your cooking and there are endless possibilities to use your herb butter (read below).

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Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes – A Speedy Thanksgiving Side Dish

Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes   A Speedy Thanksgiving Side Dish // wishfulchef.com This is one of the easiest mashed sweet potatoes recipes to make. I quickly whipped it up as I was roasting my herb turkey thighs recipe. Besides the sweet potato, all you need is milk, salt and pepper. To finish it off, top the mash with homemade herbed garlic butter or some turkey gravy to make for a fantastic Thanksgiving side dish.

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Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms with Prosciutto and Sage

Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms with Prosciutto and Sage // wishfulchef.com This recipe is adapted from Kath Eats. Stuffed mushrooms will make a perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving (along with my carrot and sweet potato fries and butternut squash soup). They’re full of flavor and come in a perfect little package. You can easily double or triple this recipe depending on how many guests you have.

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Simple Anchovy Pasta with Tomatoes and Kale

Simple Anchovy Pasta with Tomatoes and Kale // wishfulchef.com Here is another delicious pasta recipe using minimal ingredients. I came up with this dish trying to figure out what to make for lunch. It’s also great for a last-minute dinner since it’s so easy with only a handful of ingredients.

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