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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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Weekend French Toast
October 4, 2008 – 9:17 am | No Comment
Weekend French Toast

Weekend French Toast
12 pieces sliced white bread
8 oz egg substitute
1/2 cup non-fat skim milk
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp real vanilla extract
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
For best results, if possible, place bread …

Cracked Black Pepper Shrimp
October 4, 2008 – 7:56 am | No Comment
Cracked Black Pepper Shrimp

Cracked Black Pepper Shrimp with Scallions and Garlic
1 or 2 cloves of garlic, finely diced (according to taste)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 bunch scallions, cut into matchstick size
1 pound (31/40) raw shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails …

“Just Right” Chocolate Brownies
October 3, 2008 – 11:40 pm | 2 Comments
“Just Right” Chocolate Brownies

“Just Right” Chocolate Brownie
8 one oz squares of unsweetened chocolate
2 sticks of unsalted butter
5 large eggs
2 cps granulated white sugar
1 cp light brown sugar, packed
1 tbsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
(Optional: add 1 tbsp …

Perfect Homemade Pizzas
October 3, 2008 – 11:32 pm | No Comment
Perfect Homemade Pizzas

Perfect Homemade Pizzas

3/4 cup warm water (105F to 115F)
1 envelope active dry yeast (not rapid rise)
2 cups bread flour (or all purpose)
1 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp regular table salt
3 tbsp olive oil
Pour water into a small …

Welcome to The Wannabe Gourmet!
October 3, 2008 – 8:12 pm | No Comment
Welcome to The Wannabe Gourmet!

Welcome to the Wannabe Gourmet. I’m Jonathan, a self-trained cook who has aspirations on becoming a chef some day. On this blog, I’ll share with you some of my favourite recipes, some of my favourite …