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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Holiday Prime Rib
February 6, 2017 – 10:50 am | No Comment
Holiday Prime Rib

Sorry for the lateness of this recipe — we celebrated the Christmas Holiday with it, along with stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry congeal, and of course, horseradish.

(Must remember to NOT use the small plates …

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken with Rice
February 5, 2017 – 5:04 pm | No Comment
Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken with Rice

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
3/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup rice vinegar
3 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 teaspoon ginger paste (or 1 teaspoon ground, dried ginger)
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup scallions, …

Chicken Asparagus Roll-Ups
September 18, 2015 – 6:45 am | No Comment
Chicken Asparagus Roll-Ups

 

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Shrimp with Sofrito and Manchego
March 29, 2010 – 10:12 am | No Comment
Shrimp with Sofrito and Manchego

Shrimp with Sofrito, Peppers and Manchego
1/4 cup olive oil
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
20-24 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 red onion, cut into wedges, about 1/4 inch wide
2 sweet red peppers, seeded and cut …

Slow Cooker Corned Beef
March 17, 2010 – 9:02 am | No Comment
Slow Cooker Corned Beef

Slow Cooker Corned Beef
2-3 lb whole corned beef
2 lb white potatoes, peeled, cubed
1 lb carrots, peeled, cubed
1 lb turnips, peeled, cubed
1 tsp cracked black pepper
1 1/2 cp water
This recipe is very simple:
Trim the fat from …

Coquilles St. Jacques
March 3, 2010 – 9:34 am | One Comment
Coquilles St. Jacques

Coquilles St. Jacques (Scallops au gratin)
1.5 lb bay scallops
2 cups dry white vermouth (or dry white wine)
2 bay leaves
2 tbsp chopped shallots or scallions
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
3 tbsp quality butter
3 tbsp …

Easy Shrimp Dinner
March 2, 2010 – 1:22 pm | One Comment
Easy Shrimp Dinner

Shrimp, Asparagus & Farfalle
Asparagus preparation:
1 lb of Asparagus, trimmed
2 tbsp olive oil
Heat oven to 425F and toss asparagus with olive oil. Place on cookie sheet in a single layer and roast for 15-20 minutes. Remove …

Marinated Chicken with Sage and Herbes de Provence Stuffing
March 29, 2009 – 4:52 pm | One Comment
Marinated Chicken with Sage and Herbes de Provence Stuffing

Sage and Herbes de Provence Stuffing
1 loaf Herbes de Provence bread
1 tablespoon dried ground sage
2 cups hot chicken stock
1 medium onion, diced
3 ribs of celery, sliced into 1/8″ to 1/4″ slices
2 tablespoon butter, 1 tbsp …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …