September 13, 2015 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

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!

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 …

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 …