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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...

salmon-ebelskivers
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...

roasted-cauliflower-landscape
25 Mar
Roasted Cauliflower, Pomegranate & Hazelnut Salad

This roasted cauliflower salad serves as my reminder that good recipes are flexible. Good recipes invite experimentation. They serve as helpful guidelines, not rigid rules. With titles like "The Best This" or "The Ultimate That" it's easy to forget no one recipe has a monopoly...

vanilla-glaze-drip
22 Mar
Rum Vanilla Extract and Butter Rum Shortbread

The vanilla extract on the left is full of seeds and has a whole pod in the bottle. The vanilla beans on the right are fresh, fragrant and supple enough to knot. Both products are Really Horrible. Seriously. They're from Really Horrible Enterprises located in Ottawa, ON. I...

How much salt do you need? - The Messy Baker
20 Mar
How to reduce salt and not feel deprived

[caption id="attachment_11629" align="alignnone" width="620"] Clockwise from top: Black salt, French grey salt, Himalayan pink salt, Persian blue salt[/caption] When I was a kid there were three kinds of salt in my little world: Rock, kosher and table. That was it. The only specialty salt was Morton's....

Ballantine helps me organize the bookcase - The Messy Baker
14 Mar
How to Organize Your Bookshelf

I am capricious. One day I'll view a certain cookbook as General Cooking and file it away as such. Then after using it for a while, I realize I'm drawn only to its dessert section and stick it in with the baking books. Only it's...

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