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.

Vegetable Salad featuring English Cucumbers and Greenhouse Vegetables - TheMessyBaker
07 Jul
The Canadian Food Experience: English Cucumbers

Living in Ontario has many advantages. Spring brings maple syrup, fiddleheads, ramps, rhubarb and garlic scapes. Summer provides back-to-back crops of fruits and vegetables starting with seed-studded strawberries and ending with juicy, sweet peaches. Good luck keeping up with all Autumn provides -- apples, beets,...

Strawberry Sour Cream Ice Cream - TheMessyBaker.com
30 Jun
Happy Dominion Day 2013

[caption id="attachment_13739" align="alignnone" width="640"] Cottage Country in Ontario. You can almost hear the call of the loon.[/caption] While the rest of the country celebrates Canada Day on July 1st, we celebrate Dominion Day. By "we" I mean Andrew and me. "Why Dominion Day?" you say. I'm so...

Orange Sherbet - TheMessyBaker.com
28 Jun
Orange Sherbet – An easy homemade summertime treat

Like most kids, when I discovered wordplay I was so thrilled with my new found skill I told jokes and made puns non-stop. On one occasion, I followed my grandmother around her apartment like a duckling, quacking knock-knock jokes at her in a continuous loop. Knock...

dyptich
26 Jun
Improv Recipe: Garden Greens Pasta Sauce with Tomatoes

Cooking with seasonal foods can be a bit like getting dragged on stage for an improv act. Even though you've been told the basic premise you don't really know what's coming, you've little time to think, and your success requires saying "Yes!" to what's handed to...

Garlic Scape Soup - TheMessyBaker.com
24 Jun
Garlic Scape Soup

Don't believe everything you read. When researching how to grow garlic, every source I read said garlic from seed was next to impossible or took years to mature. Bulbs were the way to go. So a year ago, out of curiosity,  I left some scapes...

Turkey-Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms -- TheMessyBaker.com
20 Jun
How Mushrooms are Grown

These are Turkey-Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms. I developed this recipe for a joint e-book venture created by Turkey Farmers of Canada and Mushrooms Canada. I'll get to the recipe soon, but first let me show you around a mushroom farm. It's not the dark, dank Man Cave I...

Honeysuckle Sorbet - TheMessyBaker.com
18 Jun
Honeysuckle Sorbet

Right outside my kitchen porch, a graceless post stands cemented in the ground. Its thick, square bulk is so awkward it can't be passed off as rustic. Ferns and periwinkle hide its base while a honeysuckle vine attempts to disguise the rest of its towering...

Hazelnut Gelato - TheMessyBaker.com
16 Jun
Hazelnut Gelato for Father’s Day

I have my Father's nose. I also inherited his high cheekbones and strong immune system. However, his natural math abilities and infinite patience must have skipped a generation. My father can add up a column of figures in his head before I can punch the numbers...

getwell
12 Jun
Proper Food Handling – Easy and better than the alternative

I had hoped to use the alphabet pasta for something fun. I'd imagined a game of Soup Scrabble with friends or seeing who can find the most cuss words fastest. Instead, I'm cooking a handful of random letters in tinned consommé and calling it dinner....

strawberries-in-turquiose-basket
07 Jun
Pick-Your-Own Strawberries – My First Canadian Food Memory

[box type="info" style="rounded" border="full"] At the Food Bloggers of Canada conference in February 2013, Dana McCauley issued a call to action. In a follow-up post, she wrote, "If you celebrate what you find in front of you on the kitchen counter, you’ll be helping to define Canadian cuisine...

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