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.

Uses for parchment paper in the kitchen - TheMessyBaker.com
23 May
10 Reasons to Use Parchment Paper

Growing up, I always thought of parchment paper as something people wrote letters on. It involved a fountain pen and a blotter. It was all very romantic but had nothing to do with chocolate chip cookies and poached salmon. Times changed. Parchment crept into professional kitchens...

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21 May
Asparagus and Mushroom Tart with Red Wine Cheddar

I know better than to go shopping without a list. I have at least three iPhone apps to help me compile them. Pads of paper cling to the fridge simply so I can jot  down items as I deplete their inventory. Lists prevent wastage, overstocking...

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18 May
No-Bake, Dairy-Free Berry Pudding

One rainy summer day, unable to build blanket forts on the climbing bars or soar through the sprinkler on a tire swing, I decided my younger sister and I should do some baking. "Baking" meant raiding Mom's pantry and dumping everything within reach into a...

Grilled-Pizzas-Piadinas
16 May
Get Your Grill On – Four Books to Welcome the Summer

The long weekend is coming. Plant the annuals. Haul out the lawn chairs. And pull that dusty cover off the grill. Whether you're not sure where to start, afraid you'll reduce the chicken to ashes, or are bored to tears with burgers, solutions lie on the...

Maison Orphee
09 May
SIAL Canada 2013: A Round Up of Canadian Content

Last week I went to the SIAL Canada Show in Toronto. It describes itself as a "one-of-a-kind opportunity to set yourself apart from the competition as you learn about innovative ideas and breaking trends in the agri-food industry!" But you know me. I went for the...

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07 May
Homemade Crackers and Baklava Crisps

Altogether now. On the count of three, "Ivy, you're a genius!" Ivy Manning, author of Crackers & Dips: More than 50 Handmade Snacks (Chronicle ©2013), wasn't always receptive to this praise. As a caterer, she found complex dishes like Pheasant Under Glass went virtually unnoticed. But...

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05 May
Crispy Chocolate Rice Squares

Swag. It used to mean some sort of garland or window dressing. But times have changed. Ignoring the Urban Dictionary's profanity-laced first definition, I pieced together other entries and conclude it's an overused term meaning one's personal style or attitude. I think it's the new...

Mushrooms Rockefeller makes a decadent appetizer - TheMessyBaker.com
01 May
Mushrooms Rockefeller

I got myself into this and I'm going to get myself out. I did not, repeat not, acquire a one-trick pony of a pan. I could point you to the Indian, Thai, Korean and Japanese variations of the aebleskiver, but really, they're all just spins on batter...

CookShelf App Review by TheMessyBaker.com
29 Apr
CookShelf App: A review and a Giveaway

I'm often asked to recommend cookbooks as gifts for someone's mother-in-law, sister, aunt, neighbour, co-worker, friend visiting from far off foreign lands. I feel a bit like I've been asked to select a paint colour for their living room without seeing the house let alone...

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