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.

09 Dec
Cookbooks by People I Know and Like

I often get asked for cookbook suggestions. Since as much depends on the recipient as the book itself, I created a long list of possibilities to share in a special Cookbook Gift Post. Then I realized I know many of the authors personally and should...

08 Dec
Aix-en-Provence Black Olive Tart

[caption id="attachment_2017" align="alignnone" width="814"] Photo courtesy McClelland & Stewart.[/caption] The area of a circle is ∏r². This bit of high school math comes in handy when a recipe calls for a 12-inch tart pan and you go to three stores in search of one and all you...

04 Dec
Readers Question: Herb-Roasted Potatoes

This is another of James Ingram's photos, snatched from the pages of Michael Smith's The Best of Chef at Home because I was too hungry to take a shot. In my defense, these potatoes were cooked alongside the Apple Roast Chicken so it was one...

02 Dec
Michael Smith’s Apple Roasted Chicken

This is another photo I didn't take.  And not because my roasted chicken didn't turn out beautifully. It did. I just didn't have the time or patience to do a photo shoot. I give full credit to James Ingram, not only for his camera skills but...

30 Nov
Winner of Modern Spice

Cheryl Wilson called it when she wrote, "What a pregnant woman wants, a pregnant woman gets." Her saffron story won over Monica Bhide, the author of Modern Spice and judge for this giveaway. Monica says, "While I loved Amy's response, I think the winner is the...

27 Nov
Cookie Cutters — Holiday Gift Idea

My mother is a saint. Either that or insane. The letters are similar and the outcome's the same, so I'm going with saint. What did she do? When I was a child, my mother not only allowed but outright encouraged an annual cookie decorating party. We'd come...

23 Nov
Saffron and Modern Spice Cookbook Giveaway

Lora has great confidence in me. She was so pleased with the Matar Paneer recipe she asked what I can do with saffron rice. Buoyed by her enthusiasm, I headed to the Indian specialty shop and searched for saffron. There was none on the shelves. When...

20 Nov
How to Make Beef Stock

Last week, when I posted about homemade French Onion Soup (shown on the left), Cheryl of 5 Second Rule politely asked if I had a recipe for beef stock. Well, Cheryl, I do -- only it's more of a technique than a measure-and-pour recipe. Stock is...

19 Nov

Despite looking like something from Deep Space Nine Cardassian cuisine, this spiral-studded vegetable has been growing right here on Earth for a few hundred years. Romanesco, or Roman cauliflower, might look strange, but its taste is very familiar -- a gentle cross between broccoli and...

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