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.

03 Sep
Tomatoes from my garden

I grew these. I. Grew. THESE. Sure they're a bit late, but they're fresh from my garden with tons more to come. And despite a summer of neglect, they're nearly perfect. Not a bug bite, not a speck of mold. Just ripe, firm tomatoes. And it shouldn't...

01 Sep
Mocha Ice Cream

This is the dessert that helped salvage last week's birthday fiasco. It's rich, it's mocha-y, it's almost like a truffle. It can stand on its own as a decadent treat, or elevate a mediocre cake to the realm of greatness — providing you like the...

31 Aug
Humble Pie

No photo today. I had hoped to wow you with stellar shots of what my friends dubbed the Pound of Butter Cake — a Paula Dean concoction layered with impossibly rich buttercream. And yes, the recipe takes a whole pound of butter. As you can likely...

28 Aug
Gadget Review – Pampered Chef Measure, Mix & Pour

This was another one of my late-to-arrive birthday presents. Clearly I need new glasses. Despite the tell-all name, Measure, Mix & Pour, I initially thought this was a milk frother for my morning latte and blithely demonstrated to everyone at the table how it...

27 Aug
Double Berry Crumble Squares

She doesn't know it yet, but Julie Van Rosendaal is my new BFF. I loved her Grazing snacks, but the Double Berry Crumble Squares from her book, One Smart Cookie, sealed the deal. Delicious and with only 1/3 cup of butter for the whole pan?...

25 Aug
Peach Salsa

Birthdays are rather fluid events in my family. We like to celebrate en masse but conflicting schedules often mean we delay festivities until everyone's available. The April birthdays often pile up until they tumble headlong into Easter. September dates have been known to get inched...

24 Aug
Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom Winner

Dine-O-Matic does it again. This time KJB, aka Kathryn from Toronto, won the copy of Julia's Kitchen Wisdom. Kathryn, email me at charmian [dot] christie [at] with your mailing address and I'll get you your copy. Her tip? It's right up my alley. Kathryn wrote: My...

22 Aug
Buying and Storing Peaches

I've gone on and on about the peaches this season. I've taken photos, made desserts, written over-the-top descriptions and came this close to composing haiku in their honour. And yet, a reader and my sister had their Ontario peaches go bad before ripening. What gives? How...

Salted Caramel Ice Cream
19 Aug
Salted Caramel Ice Cream

This is the long-awaited salted caramel ice cream post. Asked for by Cheryl of 5 Second Rule, with a recipe provided by Cheryl the Backseat Gourmet and tweaked by yours truly. I know I ranted about caramel in the past. I was critical of undiscerning food...

18 Aug
Summer Fest Week 4 – Tomato Salad

Tomatoes are a paradoxical plant. Botanically, they're a fruit — they have their seeds on the inside — but in the kitchen we treat them as vegetables. While their flesh is a staple in many world cuisines, their leaves are toxic enough to poison a...

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