Archive - December, 2011

Raspberry Champagne – A Simple New Year’s Eve Cocktail

Raspberry Champagne   A Simple New Years Eve Cocktail // wishfulchef.comWell folks, it’s finally time for some bubbly because New Year’s Eve is here! Instead of a pour of plain Champagne, why not add some fruit? I made a simple mix of raspberry puree sweetened with honey. It’s delicious and gives out a beautiful vibrant red color, perfect to ring in 2012. It also makes a great mimosa drink for brunch the next morning after a full night’s celebration.

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Farro Recipe with Mushrooms, Fresh Parsley and Truffle Butter

Farro Recipe with Mushrooms, Fresh Parsley and Truffle Butter // wishfulchef.comFarro is a healthy whole grain and one of the oldest forms of wheat. It’s high in fiber and minerals and has been a part of the Italian diet for centuries. The texture is a bit chewier than rice with an earthy, rich flavor. I love the combination of farro and mushrooms, especially this time of year. So if it’s too cold to go outside and you’re looking for something comforting, make this simple and hearty dish!

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Leche Flan – Filipino Caramel Custard

Leche Flan   Filipino Caramel Custard // wishfulchef.comIn the Philippines, leche flan, or caramel custard, is a popular dessert served during celebrations or special occasions. Variations of leche flan are also popular in Latin American countries, however, the Filipino version is typically richer. The custard is primarily made of eggs and milk, then topped with a golden liquid caramel. It may not be the healthiest dessert, but I like to indulge and enjoy myself during the holidays. So if you have a sweet tooth, looking for something creamy and luxurious, this is perfect the dessert for you!

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Holiday Treats Roundup 2011

Holiday Treats Roundup 2011 // wishfulchef.com

Clockwise from top left: Rum Hot Chocolate, Low Carb Brownies, Nutella Hazelnut Cookies, Vegan Almond Cocoa Cookies, Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Need ideas for last minute holiday treats? Look no further! Many of us are heading over to a potluck-style party where you’re asked to bring a dessert. From vegan cookies to chocolatey delights, here are some sweet and tasty recipes to serve for the holidays.

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Holiday Recipe Roundup 2011

Holiday Recipe Roundup 2011 // wishfulchef.com

Clockwise from top left: Baked Turkey, Mizuna Salad, Brussels Sprouts, Duck Breast, Asian Beans, Mulled Wine

Looking for last minute holiday recipes? Well, it’s not too late! Below is a collection of delicious and easy meals to serve during the holidays. So if you haven’t already planned out what you’re making and still need a few ideas, here you go!

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Festive Romaine and Apple Green Smoothie with Cinnamon

Festive Romaine and Apple Green Smoothie with Cinnamon // wishfulchef.com[This post is part of my Green Smoothie series]

Ever heard of a green smoothie with cinnamon? No, neither have I! In order to keep up with the festive theme of the last few weeks, I’ve tried to come up with a “holiday green smoothie”. It turned out to be a refreshing mix of apples, banana, cinnamon and romaine lettuce. You hardly notice the romaine lettuce, the smoothie tastes more like applesauce, but an applesauce you can drink! It’s smooth and creamy with a hint of cinnamon, the perfect flavor during the holidays.

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Hazelnut Cookies Made with Whole Wheat Flour and Nutella

Hazelnut Cookies Made with Whole Wheat Flour and Nutella // wishfulchef.comI love this Christmas cookie recipe and I’m very excited to share it with all of you! It was given to me by my German mother-in-law and is one of my all time favorites to snack on during the holidays. The first time I tried her hazelnut cookies I just couldn’t get enough. I made a few tweaks from her recipe as some items are not sold in the States but I was still able to keep it simple with only six ingredients.

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