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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!

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 …

Weekend French Toast
October 4, 2008 – 9:17 am | No Comment
Weekend French Toast

Weekend French Toast
12 pieces sliced white bread
8 oz egg substitute
1/2 cup non-fat skim milk
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp real vanilla extract
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
For best results, if possible, place bread …

Cracked Black Pepper Shrimp
October 4, 2008 – 7:56 am | No Comment
Cracked Black Pepper Shrimp

Cracked Black Pepper Shrimp with Scallions and Garlic
1 or 2 cloves of garlic, finely diced (according to taste)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 bunch scallions, cut into matchstick size
1 pound (31/40) raw shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails …

“Just Right” Chocolate Brownies
October 3, 2008 – 11:40 pm | 2 Comments
“Just Right” Chocolate Brownies

“Just Right” Chocolate Brownie
8 one oz squares of unsweetened chocolate
2 sticks of unsalted butter
5 large eggs
2 cps granulated white sugar
1 cp light brown sugar, packed
1 tbsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
(Optional: add 1 tbsp …

Perfect Homemade Pizzas
October 3, 2008 – 11:32 pm | No Comment
Perfect Homemade Pizzas

Perfect Homemade Pizzas

Dough:
3/4 cup warm water (105F to 115F)
1 envelope active dry yeast (not rapid rise)
2 cups bread flour (or all purpose)
1 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp regular table salt
3 tbsp olive oil
Pour water into a small …

Welcome to The Wannabe Gourmet!
October 3, 2008 – 8:12 pm | No Comment
Welcome to The Wannabe Gourmet!

Welcome to the Wannabe Gourmet. I’m Jonathan, a self-trained cook who has aspirations on becoming a chef some day. On this blog, I’ll share with you some of my favourite recipes, some of my favourite …