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Endless Vacation Cocktail
March 10, 2018 – 7:11 pm | No Comment
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A dynamic drink from a former watering hole in Hampton Roads, Charades.

Endless Vacation Cocktail

2oz Malibu Rum
2oz Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
2oz Triple Sec
2oz Blue Curacao
6oz Pineapple juice
1 maraschino cherry
1/2 orange slice

Combine all liquors with juice, shake to combine, and serve over ice in a tulip glass, garnished with the orange slice and cherry.

(If you wish to make this in volume:

1 cup Malibu Rum
1 cup Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
1 cup Triple Sec
1 cup Blue Curacao
46 oz can Pineapple juice
12 maraschino cherries
orange slices

Combine all liquors and juice in a punch bowl. Add 3-4 cups of ice. Provide cherries and orange slices for garnish.)

Mediterranean Pasta Salad
February 24, 2018 – 10:17 am | No Comment
Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Hearty enough to be a main course in itself, use this recipe as a springboard to your own favourite creation!
1 lb of tri-colour rotini pasta, cooked to al dente.
1 lb artichoke hearts in brine
4 tbsp olive …

Cranberry Wild Rice Soup (Lighter Version)
February 23, 2018 – 9:55 am | No Comment
Cranberry Wild Rice Soup (Lighter Version)

This recipe has been “lightened up” slightly and is a wonderful soup that, while meat-free, is able to satisfy the carnivores in your life!
Cranberry Wild Rice Soup (Lighter Version)
3 tbsp unsalted butter
1 large carrot, …

Potage Aux Carottes with Balsamic Reduction
February 18, 2018 – 8:23 am | No Comment
Potage Aux Carottes with Balsamic Reduction

Continuing with the “French Connection,” Potage Aux Carottes is merely “Carrot Soup.” Thickened with rice instead of cream or flour, this is great served hot on a cold winter day, or served chilled on a hot …

Beef Daube Provençal
February 17, 2018 – 10:20 am | No Comment
Beef Daube Provençal

Beef Daube Provençal is basically a fancy way of saying a rustic beef stew served over noodles. The above shot is shown served with the Gorgonzola Asparagus Slice (recipe here) – please see note at the …

The “Nutty Nikolai” Cocktail
February 16, 2018 – 9:23 am | No Comment

A variation on a White Russian cocktail, I came up with this last night…and dang it was good! Sorry for the lack of photograph, however.
The Nutty Nikolai Cocktail
1.5 oz of Hazelnut Liquor (such as Frangelico®)
1.5 …

Custard Pie
February 11, 2018 – 12:23 pm | No Comment
Custard Pie

You can use a store-bought pie shell for this, or you can create your own. Either way, it’s a wonderful finish to any meal!
Filling:
3 large eggs
1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
1 cup white sugar
1 …

Rustic French Onion Soup
February 10, 2018 – 3:25 pm | No Comment
Rustic French Onion Soup

Nothing can compare to a warm serving of French Onion Soup…especially if it’s homemade! This recipe has been modified from Julia Child’s French Onion Soup recipe…you can adjust the ingredients to your own tastes.
INGREDIENTS:
5-6 cups of …

Bourbon Street Chuck Roast
February 6, 2018 – 8:15 pm | No Comment
Bourbon Street Chuck Roast

Marinated and slow cooked to perfection. It’ll keep them coming back for more!
1 1/2 cups water
2/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup good bourbon
1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp lemon juice
4-5 pound …

Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Chicken
February 3, 2018 – 7:47 pm | No Comment
Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Chicken

CHICKEN:

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (approximately 2 lbs)
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to season

SPINACH ARTICHOKE FILLING:

8 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed
8 oz reduced fat cream cheese at room temp
5 oz (I can) artichoke hearts in brine, drained, chopped
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon minced …

Southern Fried Chicken
January 29, 2018 – 6:32 pm | No Comment
Southern Fried Chicken

A sometimes treat as this isn’t something that can be made, successfully, in a lower-fat option. Spicy, savory, crunchy deliciousness!
6-8 pieces of chicken (skin on, bone in – I used thighs and drumsticks)
Marinade:
2 cups buttermilk
1 …

Chicken Tortellini Crock Pot Soup
October 28, 2017 – 5:46 pm | No Comment
Chicken Tortellini Crock Pot Soup

So easy to make, so filling to serve as lunch or dinner!
1 bag of frozen chopped spinach
2 cans of diced fire roasted tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small onion, chopped
4 cups chicken broth
2 lbs of …

Brian’s Pumpkin Mini-Muffins with Spiced Icing
October 28, 2017 – 10:10 am | No Comment
Brian’s Pumpkin Mini-Muffins with Spiced Icing

Halloween season brings forth the pumpkin-lovers in most people. Brian created these mini-muffins with a pumpkin spiced buttercream frosting, guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser!

(Note: You can use any size muffin tin and adjust baking …

Holiday Prime Rib
February 6, 2017 – 10:50 am | No Comment
Holiday Prime Rib

Sorry for the lateness of this recipe — we celebrated the Christmas Holiday with it, along with stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry congeal, and of course, horseradish.

(Must remember to NOT use the small plates …

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken with Rice
February 5, 2017 – 5:04 pm | No Comment
Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken with Rice

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
3/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup rice vinegar
3 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 teaspoon ginger paste (or 1 teaspoon ground, dried ginger)
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup scallions, …

Broccoli Cheddar Soup
November 23, 2016 – 6:15 pm | No Comment
Broccoli Cheddar Soup

2 sticks unsalted butter
2 medium onions, finely diced
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
2 pounds broccoli florets
2 quarts reduced fat, low sodium/organic chicken broth (can be made with vegetable stock as well)
1/2 cup all …

Chicken Asparagus Roll-Ups
September 18, 2015 – 6:45 am | No Comment
Chicken Asparagus Roll-Ups

 

An All-In-One dish, perfect served with fresh baked bread and a mandarin orange spinach salad .
4 six ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 lb lightly steamed asparagus
8 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 medium onion, minced
dried spices of …

A Return To Form
September 13, 2015 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

Hello to all you gentle readers. Silver Blue, Jonathan Everyday, The Wannabe Gourmet…all in one wrapper, John Barker. After a far-too-long sabbatical, I have returned…hoping to share lower fat, taste enhanced recipes with you.

Creamy, Cheesy Shrimp Florentine Linguine
September 13, 2015 – 6:28 pm | No Comment
Creamy, Cheesy Shrimp Florentine Linguine

 
You can use fat-free half and half, and reduced fat Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses. Serve with a green salad and/or garlic bread. – Wannabe Gourmet Jonathan
2 tablespoons olive oil
1.5 pounds fresh shrimp without shells or tails, …

Cranberry Citrus Fig Sauce for Pork and Chicken
September 12, 2015 – 8:16 pm | No Comment
Cranberry Citrus Fig Sauce for Pork and Chicken

Finally! A return to cooking and new recipes! – Jonathan (The Wannabe Gourmet)
1 1/2 cups of dried cranberries (divided)
2 cups water
2 cinnamon sticks
4 slices naval orange (including rind)
4 slices lemon (deseeded but including rind)
4 tbsp …

After much headache…
March 7, 2014 – 8:47 am | No Comment

I’m finally able to log back in as an administrator and take control of the system again. That being said, it’s time to continue on our path of interesting recipes, lighter fare, and more. There’s …