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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!


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!

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 …

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), …

Guilt Free Soup
October 21, 2008 – 3:18 pm | No Comment
Guilt Free Soup

Guilt Free Soup
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 large carrots, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
4 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. butter
2 c. vegetable broth
1 lb russet potatoes, diced
2 tbsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 1/2 …

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 …

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 …

Apple Bundles
October 17, 2008 – 2:24 pm | No Comment
Apple Bundles

Apple Bundles
The Pastry
4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups chilled solid shortening, cut into chunks
1/2 tsp almond extract
3/4 cup ice water (more, as needed)
The Apple Filling
8 small, tart apples (2 1/2 inches in …

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 …

Mini-Carrot Cakes
October 15, 2008 – 2:32 pm | No Comment
Mini-Carrot Cakes

Mini Carrot Cakelettes
2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups canola oil
4 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or real vanilla extract)
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 cups self rising flour
3 cups finely grated carrots
Preheat …

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 …

Cranberry Sage Stuffing
October 14, 2008 – 8:40 am | No Comment
Cranberry Sage Stuffing

Cranberry Sage Stuffing
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, minced
5 large celery stalks, chopped (if you have the leaves, chop them too)
2 cups dried cranberries
4 cups white bread, toasted and cut into …

Shrimp Sofrito
October 14, 2008 – 8:28 am | No Comment
Shrimp Sofrito

Shrimp Sofrito
4 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp unsalted butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb 26-30 shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 medium red onion, cut into wedges, about 1/4 inch wide
1/2 red bell pepper, green bell pepper, orange bell …

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 …

Gorgonzola Asparagus Bake
October 12, 2008 – 6:09 pm | No Comment
Gorgonzola Asparagus Bake

Gorgonzola Asparagus Bake
2 pounds young asparagus (the more narrow, the more tender)
3 tbsp chopped chives
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
1 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 ounces unsalted butter, …

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 …

Greetings From The Wannabe Gourmet!
October 11, 2008 – 6:14 pm | One Comment
Greetings From The Wannabe Gourmet!

Hi there everyone! Jonathan here again. I hope that you’re finding some recipes that are useful or that inspire you to make your own masterpieces.
A few things that I’ve learned over my years in the …

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 …

Crème Brulée
October 10, 2008 – 10:53 am | No Comment
Crème Brulée

Crème Brulée
6 large egg yolks
6 tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 cups heavy (whipping) cream or 18% coffee cream
1/2 tsp. good-quality vanilla (I used Madagascar vanilla bean paste, in which you can see the teeny seeds from the …

Chili Con Carne
October 10, 2008 – 9:50 am | One Comment
Chili Con Carne

Chili Con Carne
1 lb 93% lean ground beef (or ground turkey breast or ground chicken breast)
14 oz dark red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
28 ounces diced tomatoes (or 2 14 oz cans of petite diced …

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 …