Archive - April, 2012

Sardine Gratin with Collard Greens

Sardine Gratin with Collard Greens // wishfulchef.comCanned sardines are always my go-to ingredient if I need to whip up something quick to eat. They’re packed with omega-3 fatty acids and can easily be made into a healthy weeknight dish. My usual recipe with canned sardines is a sardine and tomato pasta which I make almost every week. Another simple way to use canned sardines is baking them into a gratin. Vitamin-packed collard greens and crunchy breadcrumbs are added making this dish even more delicious and satisfying.
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Rhubarb Buttermilk Muffins with Cinnamon Sugar Topping

Rhubarb Buttermilk Muffins with Cinnamon Sugar Topping // wishfulchef.comAs much as I miss living in California for the sunshine and scenery, the excitement of waiting for certain fruits and vegetables coming in season are what I love most about being back on the East Coast. I never thought about it before, but now I can truly appreciate it. Right now rhubarb is in season and I’m seeing it everywhere.

My first taste of it was back home in Pennsylvania when a friend’s Oma (grandmother in German) baked a cinnamon rhubarb bread. She very finely diced the rhubarb, almost mashed, similar to a banana bread. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but from what I remember I had a few extra helpings! So today I picked up a stalk of rhubarb and decided to bake it into whole wheat muffins topped with cinnamon vanilla sugar and diced the rhubarb into pieces instead.
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Zucchini Crisp – A Delicious Alternative to Apple Crisp

Zucchini Crisp   A Delicious Alternative to Apple Crisp // wishfulchef.comZucchini is such a versatile vegetable, you can use it in so many different ways. It’s great grilled, stir-fried, or even raw tossed into salads. I also like to bake mine into a healthy snack. The other day I came across a few recipes using zucchini like apples by cooking them into dessert cobblers or crisps, I just had to try it out myself!
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How to Make Thai Iced Tea From Scratch

How to Make Thai Iced Tea From Scratch // wishfulchef.comThe past few days we’ve had summer-like temperatures here in New York and we ate outside on our tiny balcony for the first time this year. I made Shrimp Pad Thai and one of my favorite summer drinks, Thai Iced Tea.
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Pad Thai Noodles – With Step-by-Step Pictures

Pad Thai Noodles   With Step by Step Pictures // wishfulchef.comPad Thai is certainly among the most popular Thai dishes and it’s always been a favorite of mine. However, making this dish is actually a lot harder than it seems. As part of our new business venture, my husband and I have been making different versions of Pad Thai for the last few weeks. After much testing, tweaking, and of course eating, I think we came up with a pretty good take on this classic Thai stir-fry (he’s been to Thailand several times and agrees).
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Brioche Bread Pudding with Strawberries

Brioche Bread Pudding with Strawberries // wishfulchef.comThis past weekend was filled with good food, friends and beer. The highlight was a homebrew tour in Brooklyn. After the tour we stopped by our friends’ Kate and Michael’s cute new cafe Little Zelda. They only opened a few weeks ago and have been getting great reviews already! It was closing time so we got to take some bread home and I happily decided on a loaf of brioche. I baked what I thought was best for this rich and buttery French bread, one of my husband’s favorite desserts, bread pudding.
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Tomato Ramp Pasta with Chicken

Tomato Ramp Pasta with Chicken // wishfulchef.comThis weekend I’ve been eating ramps for breakfast, lunch, dinner or whenever I felt like having a snack. So here’s a quick pasta dish I made using my leftover 10-minute tomato sauce from the other day and about seven stalks of ramps. Feel free to mix in your preferred sauce or pasta. I used a small shaped pasta but spaghetti or linguini will work just was well.
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