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


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


Bounty from the sea to your plate!


What’s on Jonathan’s mind.

Kitchen Tools

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

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 …

Welcome — from wherever you are!
March 4, 2010 – 3:35 pm | No Comment
Welcome — from wherever you are!

Welcome to The Wannabe Gourmet…I’m Jonathan Everyday (or Silver Blue, or John Barker, depending on how you arrived here. LOL!), and I’m here to show that good, healthy cooking doesn’t have to be expensive, time …

Sesame Encrusted Tuna Steaks
March 4, 2010 – 3:31 pm | No Comment
Sesame Encrusted Tuna Steaks

Sesame Encrusted Tuna Steaks (served with sautéed Chinese cabbage and brown rice)
3 six-ounce tuna steaks
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
4 tbsp olive oil (separated)
2 oz sesame seeds
In a zip-top bag, place tuna steaks. In a bowl, combine …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Orange Chocolate Breezes
November 13, 2008 – 8:48 pm | No Comment
Orange Chocolate Breezes

Orange Chocolate Breezes
1 cup fat free half & half
2 cups skim milk
1/2 cup freeze squeezed orange juice
1 4″x1″ orange rind (no pith)
6 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/3 cup Orange Cognac
Place half & half, milk, orange …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Braised Onions, Potatoes & Spinach
October 30, 2008 – 7:03 pm | No Comment
Braised Onions, Potatoes & Spinach

Braised Onions, Potatoes & Spinach
1 tbsp olive oil
4 medium onions, sliced thinly
4 cloves minced garlic
1 tbsp minced, peeled ginger
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp Kosher salt
1 tsp cracked black pepper
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1 …

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, …

Cinnamon Raisin Bread
October 27, 2008 – 10:31 am | No Comment
Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Cinnamon Raisin Bread
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup margarine, softened
2 cups raisins
8 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp …

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, …

Double Chocolate Apricot Muffins
October 24, 2008 – 8:53 am | One Comment
Double Chocolate Apricot Muffins

Double Chocolate Apricot Muffins
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch Process Cocoa (sifted)
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla
5 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped …