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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07 Sep
Desparation Sweet Potato Soup

Browsing BoingBoing this morning I stumbled across a post for a product I haven't seen in years - Vegiforms. Available at my beloved Lee Valley , these clear plastic molds transform veggies into kid-friendly shapes like elves and hearts. Just clamp one onto a growing...

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06 Sep
Pavlovian Salute

By now you've likely heard that Steve Irwin, aka The Crocodile Hunter, died after being attacked by a sting ray. Having spent a year in Australia, I have a rather soft spot for Down Under. Mr. Irwin's raw enthusiasm for the natural wonders of his...

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05 Sep
Blast from The Past Cranberry Salad

Despite my tour of the Jell-O Museum in LeRoy, NY, I've never been partial to the dessert. While the 50s had a love affair with jellied anything -- from tuna salad set in lemon gelatin to tomato aspic -- I was born a decade too...

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01 Sep
Blueberry Goo

Sometimes recipes shouldn't get past the theory stage. Crockpot desserts fall into this category. I was in an experimental mood one Super Bowl Sunday and decided to make a new dessert for my annual girls-only I Hate Super Bowl Sunday High Tea -- Crockpot Blueberry Crumble....

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31 Aug
Move over KFC

What's for supper tonight? Digital Fried Chicken. Being a professional foodie isn't always what it's cracked up to be. Sure, I get to play in the kitchen, impress my hungry friends with the results and get paid for it. I can legitimately business expense cookbooks, food...

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30 Aug
Peel Me a Grape

In the grocery store the other day, I was hit by a distinctive aroma as I passed the produce section. To my delight I saw a large display of concord grapes. While I mourn the end of summer, autumn does offer up persuasive apologies -...

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29 Aug
Grammatically Correct Marshmallow Squares

Standing in line at Starbucks waiting to order a latte, I found myself wondering why they don't use the possessive case (really, it should be "Starbuck's"). Since pointing out the error to the barista was unlikely to correct this grammatical faux pas, I distracted myself...

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28 Aug
Hell-O Jell-O

Vacations often present unanticipated adventures. En route to Baltimore, we went through Le Roy, NY and just had to stop at the Jell-O Museum. I was expecting a Disney-style tribute to "America's most famous dessert" but instead found an intimate, intriguing display as unassuming as...

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16 Aug
Mouth-Watering Baltimore

Having survived the carnivorous wisteria, I'm heading out of town on a roadtrip. Although my domestic accomplice says we're going to Baltimore to see the Jays play the Orioles, I know the true reason for our 10-hour jaunt is he's dying to see The National...

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14 Aug
Plant Food

When I transplanted my beautiful but invasive chameleon plant into containers this weekend, I was surprised by its spicy aroma -- hints of cilantro and lemon. Invigorated by the fragrance, I briefly considered its culinary potential, but still stinging from my failed bee balm tea,...

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