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.

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

I’ve opened up Silver Blue Photography ( http://silverbluephotography.com ) 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 …

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 …

2010, a better year
March 2, 2010 – 1:42 pm | No Comment
2010, a better year

Egads. Where on earth did 2009 slip to? I mean, I know I had a lot going on in my life, but that was no reason to let everyone think that The Wannabe Gourmet had …

After a year of bad computer experiences, I’ve returned!
October 10, 2009 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

Had my laptop blow up (remember last October when the hard drive went? — well, I didn’t lose anything this time!), my desktop blow up, and had Dell replace both, both with superior machines. The …

Spring has sprung and…
March 29, 2009 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

…well, I haven’t managed to update the blog as I had wished. There’s been housing renovations, job issues (fortuantely, not my own, but with others, in this economy), and of course, a lot of cooking …

Back in 2009!
January 7, 2009 – 11:27 am | No Comment
Back in 2009!

So, it’s been a while since I’ve posted — there’s been lots going on in my life that has kept me out of the kitchen and away from the blog. 2009 has started with a …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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, …

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), …

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 …

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 …

Thanksgiving is more than a dream
October 12, 2008 – 8:12 pm | No Comment
Thanksgiving is more than a dream

Tomorrow is the first of two Thanksgiving “holidays” that I celebrate (the other being American Thanksgiving), but as I hope you’ve been able to discern from my posts, Thanksgiving shouldn’t be just something that you …

Life is sweet
October 12, 2008 – 8:46 am | No Comment
Life is sweet

Instead of doing a personal post yesterday, I switched up the kitchen babble above on the headline — after all, since Google only wants to index the first thing it comes to, I’m not quite …

Giving Thanks…
October 10, 2008 – 6:42 pm | No Comment
Giving Thanks…

You’ll note that the next few “personal” posts from me will be centering around a common theme: Giving Thanks. You see, Monday is a dual holiday. In the United States, “Columbus Day” is celebrated (and …

An Evening Cup of Tea…
October 9, 2008 – 6:58 pm | No Comment
An Evening Cup of Tea…

So, the hard drive has been received by the recovery team, but there’s been no update. I’m sitting, haivng a cup of tea, thinking about recipes, things I want to cook, people I wish to …

Making a Clean Start…
October 8, 2008 – 7:37 pm | No Comment
Making a Clean Start…

Well, sometimes making a clean start of things can be beneficial. If you are a regular reader (and I don’t quite know how many of you there are out there, yet…as The Wannabe Gourmet is …