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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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Main Course

Easy to make meals using regular ingredients. Stress free dishes!

Desserts

Lots of tasty treats, the perfect end to a meal! (Some even low-fat!)

Seafood/Fish

Bounty from the sea to your plate!

Personal

What’s on Jonathan’s mind.

Kitchen Tools

Those items in my kitchen that I simply cannot live without!

“Welcome Autumn” Soup!
October 1, 2011 – 1:55 pm | No Comment
“Welcome Autumn” Soup!

You can control the heat of this soup by reducing (or eliminating) the cayenne and/or black pepper, and reducing the amount of fresh ginger. I just happen to like it very hot, and hate it …

Eating Lighter – even with dessert!
July 7, 2011 – 10:31 am | No Comment
Eating Lighter – even with dessert!

Swap out your “French Fries” for oven roasted sweet potatoes, steam up some carrots, asparagus, zucchini and squash, grill a London Broil to perfect pinky medium rare, slice fresh tomatoes and cucumbers for a refreshingly …

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 …

Coconut Curry Shrimp & Scallop Soup
April 5, 2011 – 12:46 pm | One Comment
Coconut Curry Shrimp & Scallop Soup

Coconut Curry Shrimp & Scallop Soup (with Baby Bok Chop and Butternut Squash). (Recipe modified from Nigella Bites “Pumpkin & Seafood Curry)
Made out of necessity because I had no pumpkin, lime leaves, lemon grass, nor …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Saint-Jacques au four et légumes au wok
November 4, 2010 – 6:43 pm | No Comment
Saint-Jacques au four et légumes au wok

Some might say it’s a bit pretentious of a name for “Baked Scallops and Stir-fried veggies,” but a dish with class deserves such a description!
1 stick of unsalted butter, melted
2 lbs bay scallops, rinsed and …

False Alarm Chili
November 2, 2010 – 5:52 pm | No Comment
False Alarm Chili

Late work day? This “False Alarm Chili” is just the thing to set the night in motion…and take the stress off of you! (N.B. For an alternate chili that uses the traditional kidney beans, see …

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 …

Insalata Caprese
May 10, 2010 – 10:27 am | No Comment
Insalata Caprese

Insalata Caprese.
Very easy to make.
Fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, fresh mozzarella. Slice tomatoes and mozzarella 1/4″ thick, layer in alternate layers on a serving dish. Chiffonade basil (cut into thin strips) and scatter over. True caprese …

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 …

Baked Halibut with sides
March 21, 2010 – 9:05 pm | No Comment
Baked Halibut with sides

Baked Halibut with sides
Halibut is not a cheap fish — in fact, here where I live, it goes for upwards of $20/lb. However, it’s well worth it, and the ease in preparation makes this most …

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 …

Boiled Custard with Blueberries
March 11, 2010 – 11:31 am | No Comment
Boiled Custard with Blueberries

Boiled Custard with Blueberries
2 cups fat-free milk
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp cold water
1 tsp real vanilla extract
2 cups wild blueberries (if frozen, allow to thaw in a colander to prevent …

Gingerbread with citrus sauce
March 8, 2010 – 8:37 pm | No Comment
Gingerbread with citrus sauce

Gingerbread (sauce recipe below)
½ cup butter, softened
½ cup brown sugar (packed)
1 egg
1 cup molasses
2 tsp baking soda
1 cup boiling water
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp ground ginger
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground cloves
Cream the …

Savory Crab Cake
March 5, 2010 – 9:38 am | No Comment
Savory Crab Cake

Savory Crab Cake
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, minced
zest and juice of 1 medium lemon
1/4 cup plain non-fat yogurt
1 large egg
1 tbsp Old Bay Seasoning
1 lb fresh crab meat
1 cup panko bread crumps
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 …