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.

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...

Homemade Graham Crackers - TheMessyBaker.com
11 Mar
Classic Snacks Made from Scratch – Graham Crackers

These quotes wrap around the bulkhead in Casey Barber's kitchen. I like that she's not afraid of orange, or irreverence, or figuring out how to get the cream filling inside a homemade Twinkie®. Her book, Classic Snacks Made from Scratch: 70 Homemade Versions of Your Favourite...

Lentil Soup Recipe - The Messy Baker
07 Mar
Soup Sisters: Spread the Love

When is a bowl of soup not a bowl of soup? When it's a community coming together in support. Soup Sisters is a registered not-for-profit organization with 12 chapters across Canada. Through the help of their volunteers, they have delivered more than 100,000 containers of hot,...

Solidified ghee - The Messy Baker
05 Mar
Homemade ghee

This is jar of freshly stained homemade ghee - pronounced GEE. It's clarified butter pushed to the edge. Done right,  it will reward you with golden brown, nutty goodness. Done wrong? Both you and the butter will end up weeping into the compostable waste bin....

Aebleskivers
01 Mar
Eager for Aebleskivers

These Danish treats are aebleskivers (or aebelskivers or ebleskivers or ebelskivers). Their pronunciation is equally elusive. Some say "able-skeever" while the Danish pronunciation is more "able-skewer" with a lilt I can't nail down. Literally translated, the word means "apple slices" since the traditional form has...

Cat and fresh eggs - The Messy Baker
28 Feb
The Messy Baker Inaugural Post and a Giveaway

Well, I did it. The Messy Baker is officially out of the box and sitting on the living room table for everyone to see. Christie's Corner is neatly packed up and on a shelf in the scary basement. I still have some silver polishing to...

Chocolate pots de creme for two
14 Feb
Messy Valentine’s Day
Chocolate pots de creme for two The astute among you will notice the subtle change in the header. Although the domain name remains the same, Christie's Corner has been replaced by The Messy Baker. Baby steps, Charmian. Baby steps. The new domain name and layout are coming. Just slowly. There's a lot of tech involved and that always takes more time and chocolate than I imagined. My eyelids are quivering and I'm not sure if that's from hours of staring at a computer screen or fuelling myself with caffeine and cocoa beans. Regardless, stay tuned for changes. I don't normally celebrate Valentine's Day, but am going to make an exception this year. I've been sitting on some news and think Valentine's Day is a great chance to share the love. The Messy Baker is going to arrive in bookstores in Spring 2014. Yes, that's later than originally planned, but it's going to be published in Canada via HarperCollins Canada and the US / rest of the English-speaking world via Rodale. I'm still in shock. Anyway, let's celebrate with chocolate. I've two recipes for you. One is a newly created, ultra-decadent, romantic French dessert scaled down for two. The other is a healthy, family-friendly treat for those with real kids or just a very persistent inner child. It's one of my favourites and courtesy of Mairlyn Smith. So get out the baking chocolate, find a few extra dish cloths to mop up the spills, and say I love you with food.

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