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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!

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 …

Fiery Sweet Potato Soup
October 9, 2008 – 12:08 pm | No Comment
Fiery Sweet Potato Soup

Fiery Sweet Potato Soup
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 medium onions, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp Kosher salt
2 tsp dried oregano leaves, crushed
6 cups vegetable stock
4 cups peeled sweet potatoes (cubed 1/2 inch in size) (about 1 …

Pavlovas
October 9, 2008 – 10:40 am | No Comment
Pavlovas

Pavlovas
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
6 large egg whites
1 tsp. white vinegar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup whipping cream
Fresh raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and/or sliced strawberries, peaches, plums, apricots, kiwi or whatever fruit you like
Additional sugar for …

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 …

Escalloped Potatoes
October 8, 2008 – 3:06 pm | No Comment
Escalloped Potatoes

Escalloped Potatoes
1 tsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium yellow onion, sliced paper thin
1/2 teaspoon ground sage
1 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 cup skim milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp fresh ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp fresh ground white pepper
1/4 tsp …

Healthy Frittata
October 8, 2008 – 12:27 pm | No Comment
Healthy Frittata

Healthy Frittata
1 tsp olive oil
Non-stick cooking spray
1 large potato, diced (about 14 ounces)
1 medium onion, diced (about 6 ounces)
1 medium green pepper, diced (about 5 ounces)
5 ounces Canadian Bacon, diced
16 ounces Egg Substitute (Pasteurized Egg …

Kitchenaid Stand-Mixer
October 7, 2008 – 10:47 am | No Comment
Kitchenaid Stand-Mixer

The one piece of equipment that my kitchen simply wouldn’t run smoothly without:The KitchenAid Stand Mixer.
These machines are built to last. They whip, beat, mix, kneed bread dough and a lot more – with ten …

Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies
October 7, 2008 – 8:38 am | No Comment
Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup light brown sugar (packed)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tablespoons good quality brandy
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup …

Creole Romano
October 7, 2008 – 8:28 am | No Comment
Creole Romano

Creole Romano
1 medium onion, finely minced
1 tbsp celery, minced
1 large garlic clove, minced
2 tsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp all purpose flour
1 16 oz can petite diced tomatoes
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp hot pepper …

Eveningtime with Jonathan
October 6, 2008 – 8:00 pm | No Comment
Eveningtime with Jonathan

This blog is taking shape in ways I wouldn’t have imagined. It’s a labour of love, and I do love cooking, the scent of fresh baked goods, of simmering stews, and the taste of hot, …

1-2-3-4-5 Leek & Potato Soup
October 6, 2008 – 7:40 pm | No Comment
1-2-3-4-5 Leek & Potato Soup

1-2-3-4-5 Leek & Potato Soup
1 cup of Fat Free Half & Half
2 large leeks, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced
3 cups of chicken stock
4 ounces Canadian Bacon, diced
5 medium russett potatoes, peeled, diced
Spritz bottom of soup pan …

Fruit Salsa & Cinnamon Crispas
October 6, 2008 – 6:21 pm | No Comment
Fruit Salsa & Cinnamon Crispas

Fruit Salsa
4 Granny Smith apples – washed, peeled, cored and diced
2 pounds strawberries, sliced
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3 tablespoons blackberry preserves
In a large bowl, combine apples, strawberries, sugars, and blackberry preserves. Cover and …