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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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19 Nov
Romanesco

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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17 Nov
Maple-Roasted Chicken Breasts

This hardly looks like a substitute for chicken wings, but I assure you, if your mouth wants honey-garlic drumettes and your brain balks at deep-frying, this variation on pub grub will keep every body happy -- low-fat roasted chicken for your waistline and a tangy-sweet...

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13 Nov
Misleading Labeling

If you saw this on the side of a scone mix, how many calories would you think was in a scone? If you're like me you thought, "Hey, 120 calories? That's not bad." If you were buoyed by the reasonable calorie count, how long would it take...

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12 Nov
Earth to Table French Onion Soup

I didn't take this picture. I wish I did. But I didn't. This is just a taste of the mouthwatering photos that illustrate Earth to Table: Seasonal Recipes from an Organic Farm. While eating local is a hot topic these days, this book is not a...

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11 Nov
Quick Fresh Tomato and Herb Pasta

Bet you thought I was done with the fresh tomato recipes for a while. So did I. But I was given some environmentally conscious, on-the-vine hydroponic Ontario tomatoes (say that three times fast!) at the Royal Winter Fair and I just couldn't bear to toss them in...

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10 Nov
Royal Agricultural Winter Fair – Walk with the Animals

Sometimes I fail as a food blogger. While I attended the Canadian Culinary Book Awards at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair last Friday, surrounded by award winning cookbook authors and the biggest names in Canadian Cuisine, my camera sat safely in the media room. And...

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