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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!

Strawberry Mousse Chocolat
October 6, 2008 – 9:21 am | No Comment
Strawberry Mousse Chocolat

Strawberry Mousse Chocolat
Chocolate Base:
1/2 cup Regular Shortening
3 squares Unsweetened Baking Chocolate
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 eggs
2/3 cup All Purpose Flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Topping:
1 pkg (425 g) frozen sliced strawberries in syrup, …

Rustic Herb Bread
October 6, 2008 – 9:16 am | 2 Comments
Rustic Herb Bread

Rustic Herb Bread
2 1/2 cups Warm water
1 pkg Dry yeast (1/4 ounce)
2 tbsp Sugar
1 tbsp Salt
2 tbsp Herbes De Provence (or Italian Seasoning)
7 cups Flour
1 Egg white, lightly beaten
Stir the first five ingredients together to …

Ginger Pork Won ton
October 5, 2008 – 4:54 pm | One Comment
Ginger Pork Won ton

Ginger Pork Won ton
1 lb ground pork
1 1/2 tbsp minced ginger (or 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger)
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 small onion, minced
1 package won ton wrappers
1 …

Burbon London Broil & Oven Roasted Frites
October 5, 2008 – 2:02 pm | No Comment
Burbon London Broil & Oven Roasted Frites

Bourbon London Broil
2 lb London Broil
1/4 cup good Kentucky Bourbon
Cracked Black Pepper
Kosher Salt
In a zip-top bag, combine London Broil and Bourbon. Turn to completely coat and let set aside for 15 minutes to allow to …

Cinnamon Rolls Extraordinaire
October 5, 2008 – 1:35 pm | No Comment
Cinnamon Rolls Extraordinaire

Cinnamon Rolls Extraordinaire
2 pkg. active dry yeast
1 cup warm water, 105 degrees F to 115 degrees F
1/2 cup melted butter or margarine
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp. salt
4 1/2 cups all-purpose …

Homemade Chocolate Pudding
October 5, 2008 – 1:02 pm | No Comment
Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate Pudding
5 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 pinch salt
2 cups skim milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Place all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined, put in a saucepan …

Oriental Glazed Scallops and Zesty Veggie Rice
October 5, 2008 – 11:37 am | No Comment
Oriental Glazed Scallops and Zesty Veggie Rice

Oriental Glazed Scallops
1/2 cup Apricot preserves (sorry, best not to use sugar free here)
3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
2 tsp Sesame Oil
1 tsp white vinegar
1 lb sea scallops
Turn the broiler on to high, and place …

Western Spaghetti
October 4, 2008 – 8:22 pm | No Comment

I really enjoy this one. 🙂
PES outdid themselves with this stop-motion, food-based video on YouTube.
Western Spaghetti

Hearty Macaroni & Cheese with Ham (and Spinach Salad)
October 4, 2008 – 8:07 pm | No Comment
Hearty Macaroni & Cheese with Ham (and Spinach Salad)

Hearty Macaroni & Cheese with Ham
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp all purpose flour
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 cups skim milk
16 ounces medium shell pasta
1/2 lb ham (any type except country), finely diced
2 1/2 cups mixed reduced fat …

Seared Tuna Spinach Salad with Soy Sesame Dressing
October 4, 2008 – 6:25 pm | No Comment
Seared Tuna Spinach Salad with Soy Sesame Dressing

Seared Tuna Spinach Salad
16 oz fresh tuna steaks
1 tbsp olive oil
12 oz baby spinach, rinsed and drained
1 medium red onion, sliced into rings
12 oz white mushrooms, sliced
3 medium carrots, sliced into coins
2 ribs celery, sliced …

Insalata Composta Degli Spinaci
October 4, 2008 – 6:13 pm | No Comment
Insalata Composta Degli Spinaci

Insalata Composta Degli Spinaci
1 tsp olive oil
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 large onion
1 tbsp honey
4 ounces turkey bacon, cut into 1 to 2 inch pieces
6 cups fresh spinach
Dijon Vinaigrette
4 large poached eggs
Kosher Salt and freshly ground …

Mandarin Salad Margherita with Wasabi Dijon Dressing
October 4, 2008 – 5:44 pm | No Comment
Mandarin Salad Margherita with Wasabi Dijon Dressing

Mandarin Salad Margherita with Wasabi Dijon Dressing
Salad:
3 cups of salad greens (spinach, red lettuce, or your favourite mixture)
3 scallions (green onions), diced
1 small white onion, diced fine
1 small red onion, diced (or if particularly sweet …

Spicy Beef and Broccoli Soup
October 4, 2008 – 5:06 pm | No Comment
Spicy Beef and Broccoli Soup

Spicy Beef and Broccoli Soup
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 lb lean sirloin, cut into small cubes
1 small white onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
28 oz reduced sodium chicken broth
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 …

Seared Beef with Horseradish Dipping Sauce & Pasta Primavera
October 4, 2008 – 3:40 pm | No Comment
Seared Beef with Horseradish Dipping Sauce & Pasta Primavera

Seared Beef with Horseradish Dipping Sauce & Pasta Primavera
Seared Beef
1 lb lean sirloin steak, cut into 1/2″ – 1″ cubed
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp finely ground black pepper
1/4 tsp sea salt
Horseradish Dipping …

Butterscotch Custards
October 4, 2008 – 1:56 pm | No Comment
Butterscotch Custards

Individual Butterscotch Custards
6 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tbsp light corn syrup
3 tbsp water
1 cup whipping cream, divided
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/8 tsp salt
2 1/4 cups whole milk
3 large eggs plus 3 large egg yolks, well …

Pecan Pie Bars
October 4, 2008 – 1:53 pm | No Comment
Pecan Pie Bars

Pecan Pie Bars
“Crust”:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into cubes
3/4 cup chopped pecans
“Filling/Topping”:
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
2 large …

The Ulitmate Peanut Butter Cookie
October 4, 2008 – 1:51 pm | No Comment
The Ulitmate Peanut Butter Cookie

The Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookie
1 1/2 cp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp table salt
1 cp creamy peanut butter (optionally: use chunky, or add 1/4 cup minced peanuts)
1/2 cp butter (1 stick), …

Blueberry Buckle
October 4, 2008 – 1:49 pm | No Comment
Blueberry Buckle

Blueberry Buckle
Base:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup egg substitute
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (I find the …

Choco-Kissed Key Lime Bundt Bites
October 4, 2008 – 1:46 pm | No Comment
Choco-Kissed Key Lime Bundt Bites

Choco-Kissed Key Lime Bundt Bites
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
6 tsp softened unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp grated lime zest
1 tbsp Key Lime juice
2/3 cup buttermilk
4 …

In the Kitchen with the Wannabe Gourmet
October 4, 2008 – 1:36 pm | No Comment
In the Kitchen with the Wannabe Gourmet

There are times when my mind wanders as to what would make a good breakfast; most of the time, I’m having a cup of steaming coffee and a Clif bar (Apricot or Blueberry Crisp are …