Blog Post List

This blog post list contains the most recent blog posts from The Messy Baker in reverse chronological order. You can also browse by recipe category or use the search function.

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23 Dec
Best of Both Worlds

I recently complained that I couldn't think of something savory to serve while I had sweets coming out my wazoo. Well, the following recipe is a bit of both. Sweet brown-sugared whisky over mellow Brie, all bundled into a bite-sized tart. I relate the following story...

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20 Dec
Camphor and Carols

Instead of spending the past two weeks downing rum-laced eggnog and doing things to land me firmly on Santa's Naughty list, I've been clutching a bottle of Buckley's and croaking like a frog. Although my fingers were unaffected by the laryngitis, my brain wasn't so...

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01 Dec
The Countdown Continues

With only 24 baking days left until Christmas, I'm ahead of schedule for sending my holiday guests into diabetic shock. The Nanaimo Bars are cut into tidy squares, butter tarts are baked to sugary perfection, the ginger cookies have just the right amount of crinkle...

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25 Nov
Battle of the Bars

I just love it when cooks get into a scrap. According to A Century of Canadian Home Cooking (Prentice Hall, 1992), the origin of Nanaimo Bars is "a hot topic of debate". Despite their sweetness, these innocent looking squares can get culinary tempers flaring. Should...

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19 Nov
Eating Crow

I'm easily swayed by shiny things and cooking experts. Elizabeth Baird claims a stand mixer is a must for bakers. So, despite my previous harsh statements about useless kitchen gadgets, when a brand spanking new stand mixer was on sale for a fraction of its...

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13 Nov
No More Sushi Shame

I know I run the risk of being kicked out of the foodie club with the following statement, but the municipal elections have me scrapping for a fight, so here goes. I don't like sushi. Followers of raw fish all have the same response when they...

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10 Nov
Remembrance Day Poppy (Seed Bars)

When I was in grade five, we memorized In Flanders Field by Colonel John McCrae and held a small memorial service in our classroom on November 10th (November 11th was a civic holiday and we were expected to attend the parade.) I recall spending days...

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05 Nov
Conspiracy Theory

I have been persnickety about Rachael Ray in the past. Since my blog is supposed to focus on my emotional connection with food, not my visceral dislike of the frog-voiced, jarringly perky Ms Ray, I promised myself I'd stop. After all, just because she makes...

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02 Nov
The Ghost of Hallowe’en Past

This is a photo of me and my father in costume back in 1967. We were in period dress to celebrate Canada's 100th birthday, but since I couldn't find a photo of me as a kid at Hallowe'en, it'll have to do. My point is,...

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28 Oct
Microwave Haute Couture

The basic way we cook hasn't changed much since our cave dwelling ancestors charred mammoth steaks over an open fire. Modern gas barbecues and electric ovens still apply heat externally to the food in question, cooking the item from the outside in. Depending on the...

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