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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.

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Orange Chocolate Breezes
November 13, 2008 – 8:48 pm | No Comment
Orange Chocolate Breezes

Orange Chocolate Breezes
1 cup fat free half & half
2 cups skim milk
1/2 cup freeze squeezed orange juice
1 4″x1″ orange rind (no pith)
6 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/3 cup Orange Cognac
Place half & half, milk, orange …

In the morning, when the madness has faded…
November 6, 2008 – 8:40 pm | No Comment
In the morning, when the madness has faded…

Now that the elections are over, it’s time to get back to cooking, enjoying life, and looking forward to the future.
Whether or not the person you voted for was elected, you can look at the …

Polpettone del Tacchino (Turkey Meatloaf)
November 3, 2008 – 9:35 am | No Comment
Polpettone del Tacchino (Turkey Meatloaf)

Polpettone del Tacchino (Turkey Meatloaf)

3 lbs ground turkey breast
2 cups Italian bread crumbs
1 1/2 cups medium salsa
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/2 cup steak sauce (A1 or equivalent)
4 ounces egg substitute (or 2 …

Happy Halloween!
October 31, 2008 – 6:26 pm | No Comment
Happy Halloween!

It’s a day where kids get trucked into neighbourhoods where they don’t belong, to obtain sugared treats that mom and pop are going to toss in the trash and give a “safe” bag of candy …

Braised Onions, Potatoes & Spinach
October 30, 2008 – 7:03 pm | No Comment
Braised Onions, Potatoes & Spinach

Braised Onions, Potatoes & Spinach
1 tbsp olive oil
4 medium onions, sliced thinly
4 cloves minced garlic
1 tbsp minced, peeled ginger
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp Kosher salt
1 tsp cracked black pepper
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1 …

Getting the cold shoulder…
October 28, 2008 – 8:20 pm | No Comment
Getting the cold shoulder…

After having a year with basically no winter to speak of, Mother Nature has decided that it is well beyond time for those in my part of the world to “chill out”, as it were, …

Cinnamon Raisin Bread
October 27, 2008 – 10:31 am | No Comment
Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Cinnamon Raisin Bread
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup margarine, softened
2 cups raisins
8 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp …

Another weekend, more rain
October 25, 2008 – 3:13 pm | No Comment
Another weekend, more rain

I had such great plans for my kitchen time this weekend — and I’m not going to let some rain keep me from making a dish that I’ve really been craving — a simple thing, …

Double Chocolate Apricot Muffins
October 24, 2008 – 8:53 am | One Comment
Double Chocolate Apricot Muffins

Double Chocolate Apricot Muffins
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch Process Cocoa (sifted)
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla
5 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped …

Savory Mushroom Risotto with Sautéed Chicken Breasts
October 22, 2008 – 9:28 pm | No Comment
Savory Mushroom Risotto with Sautéed Chicken Breasts

Savory Mushroom Risotto
6 cps low sodium, fat free chicken broth (may be made vegetarian by using vegetable stock)
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 pound white mushrooms, sliced
1 tbsp rosemary, finely minced (or 1/2 tsp powdered rosemary)
2 …

The last hurrah of summer…
October 21, 2008 – 8:03 pm | No Comment
The last hurrah of summer…

Summer ended today, with one final hurrah, warm temps, bright sun, crystal blue skies…all to give way to chillier temperatures, and the true onset of autumn. Sure, we’ll have days in the upper 60s (F), …

Guilt Free Soup
October 21, 2008 – 3:18 pm | No Comment
Guilt Free Soup

Guilt Free Soup
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 large carrots, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
4 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. butter
2 c. vegetable broth
1 lb russet potatoes, diced
2 tbsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 1/2 …

Building The “Perfect” Burger
October 20, 2008 – 7:19 pm | One Comment
Building The “Perfect” Burger

24 ounces ground sirlon or turkey or chicken, divided
4 seeded rolls
shredded lettuce
sliced tomatoes
8 strips of turkey bacon, cooked, drained
4 slices of cheese (American or Cheddar)
pickle relish (dill or sweet)
mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise
Divide ground meat into four …

A Season In Your Path
October 19, 2008 – 8:06 pm | No Comment
A Season In Your Path

In what seems like a completely different lifetime, I used to sing… not for money, but in front of an audience. One of my favourite tunes was called “A Season In Your Path.”
I was touched …

And the rain beats on my roof…
October 18, 2008 – 8:01 pm | No Comment
And the rain beats on my roof…

A cold, damp, miserable day around the house. Still, It is beyond the middle of October, so it’s only fitting that Autumn starts to show its true colours.
Time to break out the soup recipes. Time …

Apple Bundles
October 17, 2008 – 2:24 pm | No Comment
Apple Bundles

Apple Bundles
The Pastry
4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups chilled solid shortening, cut into chunks
1/2 tsp almond extract
3/4 cup ice water (more, as needed)
The Apple Filling
8 small, tart apples (2 1/2 inches in …

Tangy Breaded Pork Cutlet
October 15, 2008 – 2:33 pm | No Comment
Tangy Breaded Pork Cutlet

Tangy Breaded Pork Cutlet
1 lb boneless pork cutlets (4 oz each), pounded to 1/4 inch thick
2 large eggs
2 tbsp water
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
2 tsp Italian seasoning
dash …

Mini-Carrot Cakes
October 15, 2008 – 2:32 pm | No Comment
Mini-Carrot Cakes

Mini Carrot Cakelettes
2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups canola oil
4 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or real vanilla extract)
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 cups self rising flour
3 cups finely grated carrots
Preheat …

When all hope is gone
October 14, 2008 – 6:53 pm | No Comment
When all hope is gone

Backups say so much. Okay, Elton John, I am not.
But I did lose everything on the hard drive. According to the company:
We are sorry to inform you that no data was able to be recovered …

Cranberry Sage Stuffing
October 14, 2008 – 8:40 am | No Comment
Cranberry Sage Stuffing

Cranberry Sage Stuffing
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, minced
5 large celery stalks, chopped (if you have the leaves, chop them too)
2 cups dried cranberries
4 cups white bread, toasted and cut into …