Archive - May, 2012

Watercress and Strawberry Salad with Red Onions and Hazelnuts

Watercress and Strawberry Salad with Red Onions and Hazelnuts // wishfulchef.comThis year’s Memorial Day weekend was warm and muggy and all I wanted to eat was something refreshing, yet satisfying to fill me up. So to kick this Summer off, I made an easy strawberry salad mixed with watercress, red onions and crunchy hazelnuts. I love the addition of fruit into green salads, they bring a whole new dimension to the dish. This simple salad takes little time to prepare and will easily go into your list of Summer salad recipes.
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Baked Zucchini Fritters

Baked Zucchini Fritters // wishfulchef.comLast week we visited family, and always right before we head out the door my mom makes sure I bring something home…food-related of course! My family lives in Pennsylvania Dutch country, so they frequent their local Amish market and my mom always buys way more than she needs (hmm, wonder where I got that from!). This time she made me bring home some zucchini which I decided to use for baked zucchini fritters.
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Sparkling Raspberry – An Easy and Refreshing Summer Drink

Sparkling Raspberry   An Easy and Refreshing Summer Drink // wishfulchef.comIf you’re wondering why I haven’t posted in a while, it was because my husband and I spontaneously took a trip up to Montréal for a few days! I suggest you go visit soon if you haven’t yet. It’s a beautiful city with friendly people and an amazing food and beer culture. I feel stuffed just thinking about all the food we ate (and beer we drank). When we got home, all I wanted to do was drink water! With that said, here is an easy and refreshing drink using fresh raspberries. The perfect drink to start Summer.
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Mini Strawberry Pies – An Easy Dessert for Mother’s Day

Mini Strawberry Pies   An Easy Dessert for Mothers Day // wishfulchef.comFor Mother’s Day, I prefer the gift of food over a bouquet of flowers. Dessert is always the first thing I think about for my mom since she loves sweets. I wanted to make a pie but nothing difficult so I used puff pastry as the crust and topping instead of making my own. For individual portions, I ended up using the same ramekins I baked my veggie pot pies in. But feel free to use a regular pie pan and double the recipe. And best of all, this recipe only uses 6 ingredients! So try baking this for Mother’s Day. Mom will surely be impressed!
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Swiss Chard Green Smoothie with Lime and Banana

Swiss Chard Green Smoothie with Lime and Banana // wishfulchef.comMy last green smoothie post with romaine and coconut milk, was about 2 months ago so I think it’s about time for a new recipe. This green smoothie is refreshing and best enjoyed cold, perfect for the warmer weather. Swiss chard is the main ingredient and you can use any kind of chard, the taste should make no difference. Half of a fresh lime goes into this recipe, including the peel, so finely chop it if you don’t have a powerful blender. The flavor is bright and tangy from the lime, yet very smooth and creamy from the bananas. This particular smoothie is great for the adventurous type and a definite must try for green smoothie lovers!
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Stir-Fried Asian Greens – An Easy 10-Minute Side Dish

Stir Fried Asian Greens   An Easy 10 Minute Side Dish // wishfulchef.comOn Sunday we went to Chinatown over in Sunset Park, Brooklyn to gather a few ingredients for the week. Our friend joined us because she needed a few Asian greens to photograph for her upcoming cookbook. She picked up a bit too much and let me have some. I generally like to add Asian greens to noodle soups or stir-fries with steamed rice. Here is a simple recipe for a quick stir-fry that you’ll have ready in only 10 minutes!
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