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.

21 Jul
Good Neighbour Zucchini Bisque

My neighbour gave me a pint of butter yellow beans plucked from her garden about a half hour ago. I'm ashamed to say this act of generosity brought out my selfish streak as I briefly considered gobbling the entire batch for lunch by myself. Not...

20 Jul
Kitchen Nightmares

Sometimes I wonder if the people who code the settings for spam filters have large portions of their life savings invested in pharmaceutical companies. Why else would I be deluged with Viagra ads while legitimate e-mails from editors are directed to the junk box? I ranted...

19 Jul

I just installed the latest Mac OS system and decided to check out a new-to-me feature called Dashboard. Its sole purpose is to provide me with widgets. Lots and lots and lots of widgets. "What are widgets?" you may ask (as I did). According to...

18 Jul
Dog Days of Summer

The dog days of summer are truly upon us. Yesterday's record-breaking high brought air so thick and humid I felt like I was cloaked in a steaming, wet towel. It was the sort of day Noel Coward referred to when he wrote, "Mad dogs and...

17 Jul
Sangria Slushie

It's stinking hot here and only going to get worse. The weather report predicts a high of 35C (95F). Factor in the humidity and the term "unbearably hot" applies. At this point, numbers cease to have relevance. You can't tell whether your skin's clammy with...

13 Jul
Best not to ask

People who love sausage and people who believe in justice should never watch either of them being made. -- Otto von Bismarck Sometimes it's best not to know what you're eating. I wouldn't be a calamari convert had I been able to read the menu that...

12 Jul
Don’t try this at home

I was delighted when my friend Caroline gave me some bee balm (or bergamot for the botanically correct). Not only does it produce a lovely red puff ball of a flower, it's also the plant that gives Earl Grey its distinctive taste. The aromatic leaves...

11 Jul
Leftover Dilemma

The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for 30 years she served nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found. -- Calvin Trillin My mother calls a freshly prepared meal "first-overs". Ninety percent of the time, this is the way to go,...

10 Jul
Viva Italia

No one in our neighbourhood could have missed the fact that Italy won the World Cup yesterday. We live a couple of blocks from the Italian-Canadian Club who were hosting their Italian Festival during the soccer finals. The horn honking and flag waving started almost...

07 Jul
Cookbook Dilemma

I was at the bookstore with my husband the other day and he pulled a gorgeous cookbook from the shelf. It was the follow-up to the one he gave me two Christmases ago. The one that is so beautiful I feel I should wear gloves...

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