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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19 Oct
Concord Grape and Nectarine Butter

Well, this is embarrassing. I nearly singed my bangs off. How? Licking a big drip of Concord grape puree off the stove knob just inches from the boiling pot. How else? Now, I know what you're thinking. Why would anyone do that? Well, first of all, I...

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15 Oct
My CTV Appearance

As promised, here is the video clip of my recent TV appearance. I'm talking to Kyle Christie (no relation) about two quick and easy apple recipes for the local CTV station and trying not to sever a finger with a brand-new, razor sharp peeler. Talking...

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14 Oct
Clarifications, Comments and a Call to Action

Christie's Corner has been at this new site for more than a week now and I'm still ironing out kinks. I changed a couple of things and it seems to have confused people. Allow me to clarify. Printing Recipes: You might notice that recipes posted since...

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13 Oct
Concord Grape Galette

Pastry is fickle. One day you're rolling dough like it's a bolt of white velvet and pull a golden, bubbling dessert from the oven. The results are so fine you briefly consider embroidering "Pie Guru" on your apron. Only you don't know how to sew,...

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09 Oct
Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Soup

Just as this blog has turned me into a food snob, it has also made me think more about the whole process of creating a dish. Used to be if I start out making cinnamon buns, that's what I'd end up with. But now? I...

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07 Oct
Preserving Tips and Tomato Peach Ketchup Recipe

A couple of days ago, I made a variation of my serendipitous nectarine and plum chicken. This time I substituted apples and yellow tomatoes for the plums. It was just as moist and delicious as the original, and I found myself planning side dishes appropriate...

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05 Oct
Happy 7th Anniversary

[caption id="attachment_1223" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Charmian and Andrew - October 5, 2002"][/caption] Break out the Gold Bond powder 'cause any second I'm gonna start itching like a monkey on a fuzzy tree. Today is our 7th wedding anniversary. Not bad for a card-carrying carnivore and a former vegetarian. What's...

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03 Oct
Christie’s Corner gets a make-over

Don't go! You're in the right place. This is Christie's Corner. It's just got a new address and a new look. I'll still be serving up recipes.  Andrew will still be trying to burn down the kitchen. And the cats? Well, they still have a mind...

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02 Oct
Green Tomato Marmalade

Despite the amber hue of the resulting preserves, this is green tomato marmalade. And no, I didn't use the teeny-tiny yellow tomatoes on the left. They're just there for show. Instead, I used small to mid-sized green tomatoes like the ones below. I figured since I...

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01 Oct
Two Quick and Easy Apple Recipes

It's been quite the week. Over the weekend I co-hosted a 24-hour playwriting contest for the playwright development centre I'm involved with. While my co-host and I ensured the entrants never ran out of coffee or junk food, a dozen writers pounded out scripts on...

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