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Rolly-olly-vertical
24 Apr
Leftover Pastry Dough – The Roly-Poly

Being born at the height of The Depression, my mother never wasted food. When there wasn't enough leftover pastry dough to top a chicken pot pie, she made a roly-poly.  She made them so often and with such authority, I assumed the roly-poly was the natural...

Wanted: Collective Nouns for the Kitchen — TheMessyBaker.com
22 Apr
Wanted: Collective Nouns for the Kitchen

Wanted: Nouns As cooks, we have enough verbs - although whether or not we should use them is up for debate. Knife in hand, you can mince, chop, dice, slice, Julienne and pare. Got at spoon? Stir, beat, cream, fold or spread. Add some heat and...

Classic, no fuss Lemon Meringue Pie - TheMessyBaker.com
19 Apr
Lemon Meringue Pie

There were no party hats. No streamers. No banner saying "Greaty at Eighty!" There wasn't so much as a candle. There was, however, pie. Simple, classic, 100%-from-scratch lemon meringue pie. Yesterday, my father turned 80. He marked the day by going about his business as usual. This...

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17 Apr
Why I Don’t Post Nutritional Data

Step right up! Step right up! Don't be shy. Nothing to be afraid of. Just a little numbers game. Everyone's a winner. Every. One's. A winner! Looking for that one food, that one special ingredient that will make you taller, smarter, lighter, brighter, wealthier and...

Margarita Chicken - TheMessyBaker.com
15 Apr
The Margarita Chicken Compromise

Andrew and I are mature, level-headed adults. We can easily discuss our budget, the laundry schedule, and who goes where at Easter. We listen to each other, see the other person's point of view and devise workable action plans. We use terms like "action plan,"...

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11 Apr
Nigella’s Green Beans with Pistachio Pesto

To paraphrase from Nigella Lawson's latest book Nigellissima: Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes, this dish is "verdiglorious." Green basil, green beans, and green pistachios all come together in a "riot" of a pesto dish. What it lacks in authenticity, it more than makes up for in colour...

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08 Apr
Lox and Cream Cheese Ebelskivers

I'm not sure how many recipes Camilla V. Saulsbury has created over the years but it's more than I can count before losing track, and just slightly less than the number of stars in the night sky. She's prolific to say the least. When I interviewed...

dipych2
04 Apr
Cumin Carrots with Cilantro Vinaigrette

Fool me once, shame of you. Fool me twice (a dozen times), shame, shame, double-shame on me. It took years, but I learned my lesson. No Newspaper Recipes. None. Do not clip them for me. I will throw them out. Do not make them for...

Smashed Potatoes turn leftover baked potatoes into something special. Ugly, but special. - TheMessyBaker.com
01 Apr
Easy Leftover Smashed Potatoes

I seriously miscalculated the potato requirement for last night's dinner. Maybe I was distracted by the dishwasher that kept telling me the intake/drain needed my attention. Maybe I got a little pre-occupied trying to remember where I had hidden Andrew's birthday present. Either way, I...

chocolate
29 Mar
Chocolate Recipes for Easter (or anytime)

Easter chocolate is like the The Phantom Menace. After plenty of hype and lots of waiting you're all set for something dark and intense, but the final product is just a disappointing merchandising opportunity. Take the classic chocolate rabbit. Tall ears, a basket on his back...

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