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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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Perfectly Frank’s “Crack” Dip
February 15, 2019 – 6:33 pm | No Comment
Perfectly Frank’s “Crack” Dip

Four ingredients. Zero leftovers.

This is one of those dip recipes that you wouldn’t believe could taste so very good, yet be so very easy to make. Local restaurant extraordinaire Perfectly Frank’s makes this as “Crack …

Cheesy Fiesta Bean Dip
February 10, 2019 – 9:54 am | No Comment
Cheesy Fiesta Bean Dip

Not the best photo, but this turns out like the filling of a bean burrito as a dip, and is well worth the time to make!

The final in the trinity of dips that are our …

The Wannabe Gourmet’s Special Deviled Eggs
February 9, 2019 – 10:19 pm | No Comment
The Wannabe Gourmet’s Special Deviled Eggs

There are as many different deviled egg recipes as there are stars in the sky. Our version uses both horseradish and Old Bay to amp up the flavours. A winner in our neighbourhood Deviled Egg-off…great …

Buffalo Chicken Ranch Dip
February 7, 2019 – 7:04 am | No Comment
Buffalo Chicken Ranch Dip

This dip always goes over well (you can adjust the spiciness/heat by how much of the buffalo wing/hot sauce you choose to use) at parties. Pair with chips/pita wedges and a good chilled white wine. …

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip
February 6, 2019 – 8:32 am | No Comment
Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip

The ultimate easy dip — served cold with corn chips, crackers, crostini or pita wedges. You can lighten up the calories by using reduced fat cream cheese and reduced fat sour cream, but don’t …

Loaded Tot Appetizers
February 3, 2019 – 5:20 pm | No Comment
Loaded Tot Appetizers

More recipes coming soon — I’ve discovered three dips that are beyond wonderful.

(Original recipe courtesy of Kraft Foods)

48 (about 1/2 of 32-oz. pkg.) frozen tater tots 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese 1/2 cup …

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 …

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 …