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.

23 Dec
Giving and Receiving

This plateful of Crayola-coloured cookies, arrived unannounced in a holiday-green tin with a handmade tag. My 16-year-old, non-baking niece made them. Not only were the sugar cookies her idea, she helped shop for the ingredients (hunting down every sprinkle option in the store) baked them, iced...

21 Dec Giveaway

[caption id="attachment_2182" align="alignleft" width="188" caption="Kreskin at The River Run Centre, photo courtesy of Collen Clack"][/caption] Yesterday afternoon,  I sat in the River Run Centre's Main Stage theatre and witnessed  The Amazing Kreskin in action. Yes, he found his cheque. Yes, he knew a volunteer had cut...

18 Dec
Microwave mistakes

  In the immortal words of my disaster-prone husband, "It's okay! The fire's out!" Only it was my turn to bellow this comforting phrase as I doused the flaming object in running water. Ever wonder what would happen should you soften butter in the microwave and use the...

16 Dec
Rosemary, Raisin and Pecan Crisps

I can't believe I'm about to make these again. The recipe makes a two loaf pans' worth and the entire batch is almost gone.Bored with plain crackers and still hyperventilating from the sticker price on the artisanal crisps, I was thrilled to find a knock-off...

15 Dec
Cookbooks for Cooks and Foodies

This is the second part of the Cookbook post I promised. Unlike Cookbooks by People I Know and Like, I'm not friends with the authors of these books. Some I've never met, others I've chatted with at events or interviewed for articles, but we don't...

11 Dec
Reader Question: How to Carve Poultry

Last week, after I posted a no-carve recipe for Apple Roast Chicken, I learned I'm not the only one who dreads slicing up a bird in front of guests. With Christmas racing towards us, I thought I should cover this issue sooner rather than later. However,...

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...

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