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Chicken Asparagus Roll-Ups
September 18, 2015 – 6:45 am | No Comment
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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 your choice (or one of the Mrs. Dash blends)

Preheat oven to 350F.

Place chicken breasts between layers of plastic wrap and using a rolling pin or meat mallet, pound until flattened out to about 1/4″ thick. Spread layer of minced onion on inside of chicken breast, then on one end, place 5-6 asparagus spears, and cheese. Roll chicken breast up like a jelly roll, and place in a 9×13 baking dish. Repeat with remaining breasts. Sprinkle tops lightly with dried spices.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until juices run clear and chicken is no longer pink.

Serves: 4.

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 …

New Ventures, New Recipes Coming Soon.
July 27, 2012 – 10:22 pm | No Comment

I’ve opened up Silver Blue Photography ( ) for those who asked to purchase some of the photos of the food I post here. Getting all that set up, however, has taken me away …

I’ve not forgotten you, gentle readers
February 11, 2012 – 9:04 am | No Comment

It’s just been a whirlwind of activity for The Wannabe Gourmet. Dealing with this winter flu (strange, we’ve not seemed to have HAD a winter), learning a new camera, filing for domains to be discontinued …

“Welcome Autumn” Soup!
October 1, 2011 – 1:55 pm | No Comment
“Welcome Autumn” Soup!

You can control the heat of this soup by reducing (or eliminating) the cayenne and/or black pepper, and reducing the amount of fresh ginger. I just happen to like it very hot, and hate it …

Eating Lighter – even with dessert!
July 7, 2011 – 10:31 am | No Comment
Eating Lighter – even with dessert!

Swap out your “French Fries” for oven roasted sweet potatoes, steam up some carrots, asparagus, zucchini and squash, grill a London Broil to perfect pinky medium rare, slice fresh tomatoes and cucumbers for a refreshingly …

An easy Sunday dinner…
April 17, 2011 – 5:35 pm | No Comment
An easy Sunday dinner…

Easy, peasy, and so delicious.
2 Albacore tuna steaks
8 ounces Bastamti rice
1 medium onion, chopped
3 tbsp butter
8 ounces sliced mushrooms, sauteed
Heat oven to 425F. Place tuna steaks in a baking dish and add 2 cups of …

Coconut Curry Shrimp & Scallop Soup
April 5, 2011 – 12:46 pm | One Comment
Coconut Curry Shrimp & Scallop Soup

Coconut Curry Shrimp & Scallop Soup (with Baby Bok Chop and Butternut Squash). (Recipe modified from Nigella Bites “Pumpkin & Seafood Curry)
Made out of necessity because I had no pumpkin, lime leaves, lemon grass, nor …

Chicken Chorizo…Caliente!
March 18, 2011 – 8:29 pm | No Comment
Chicken Chorizo…Caliente!

Easy, peasy, tasty, and even better the second day!
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
3 links of skinless chorizo sausage
2 lbs fingerling potatoes, scrubbed and dried
1 large red onion cut into wedges
zest of 1 unwaxed orange
1 tsp …

Lemon Chicken with Mushrooms and Angel Hair Pasta
January 23, 2011 – 6:59 pm | No Comment
Lemon Chicken with Mushrooms and Angel Hair Pasta

Who says you have to have high fat or even high sodium to have huge flavour? This dish goes to show that the addition of spices, and minimal oil help keep everything down to quite …

2011 in the kitchen
January 19, 2011 – 8:36 am | No Comment
2011 in the kitchen

Jonathan Everyday here — it’s been a little over a month since my last post, but I’ve not stepped back from cooking. I’m retooling some recipes to make them lighter, tastier, lower in sodium, etc.
Like …

Hot Virginia Dip
December 12, 2010 – 3:14 pm | No Comment
Hot Virginia Dip

Hot Virginia Dip (Courtesy of the Virginia Hospitality Cookbook and the Junior League of Hampton Roads)
Original recipe:
1 cup pecans, chopped
2 tbsp butter (Unsalted)
16 oz cream cheese, softened
4 tbsp milk
5 oz dried beef, minced
1 tbsp garlic …

Chicken Picatta with Lemon and Pickled Peppercorns
November 15, 2010 – 9:08 am | One Comment
Chicken Picatta with Lemon and Pickled Peppercorns

A little bit of a change from your traditional chicken picatta, using pickled peppercorns instead of capers (find them in your supermarket in the same area — normally next to the olives). They give a …

Saint-Jacques au four et légumes au wok
November 4, 2010 – 6:43 pm | No Comment
Saint-Jacques au four et légumes au wok

Some might say it’s a bit pretentious of a name for “Baked Scallops and Stir-fried veggies,” but a dish with class deserves such a description!
1 stick of unsalted butter, melted
2 lbs bay scallops, rinsed and …

False Alarm Chili
November 2, 2010 – 5:52 pm | No Comment
False Alarm Chili

Late work day? This “False Alarm Chili” is just the thing to set the night in motion…and take the stress off of you! (N.B. For an alternate chili that uses the traditional kidney beans, see …

Sesame Garlic Shrimp with Fettuccine and Broccoli Florets
November 1, 2010 – 6:42 pm | 3 Comments
Sesame Garlic Shrimp with Fettuccine and Broccoli Florets

Who says you don’t have time to whip up a good, healthy, tasty meal on a weeknight? Making use of shrimp and a few ingredients makes this a winner!
2 lbs 21-30 count shrimp, peeled and …

Red Wine Beef Stew
September 11, 2010 – 5:27 pm | No Comment
Red Wine Beef Stew

Red Wine Beef Stew
2 lbs of beef roast (such as London Broil) cut into 1″ cubes
1 lb carrots, cut into coins
1 lb fingerlings (new potatoes), or potatoes cut into a 1″ to 1.5″ cube
2 medium …

Insalata Caprese
May 10, 2010 – 10:27 am | No Comment
Insalata Caprese

Insalata Caprese.
Very easy to make.
Fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, fresh mozzarella. Slice tomatoes and mozzarella 1/4″ thick, layer in alternate layers on a serving dish. Chiffonade basil (cut into thin strips) and scatter over. True caprese …