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.

26 May
Tomato Update

Yesterday while your comments were rolling in suggesting ways around my gardening dilemma, my next door neighbour gave me a flat of tomato seedlings. I now have 50 plants sitting on my kitchen floor staring at me -- daring me -- to plant them. The...

25 May
My Vegetable Garden Begins

I took this photo last year at the farmers' market with hopes of growing my own organic tomatoes this year. Big, red, vine ripened tomatoes. I pictured myself jarring enough to get me through the winter without having to run to the grocery store. And...

22 May
Healthy Snack Ideas

Given a choice, I'd snack on sweets. These donuts, made fresh at the local farmers' market each Saturday, are more than tempting. The only reason I can resist them week after week is that they're not dipped in chocolate. While dark chocolate is relatively low-fat...

21 May
Barbecue Secrets

Barbecue Secres DELUXE! The Very Best Recipes, Tips & Tricks from the Barbecue Champion By Rockin' Ronnie Shewchuk Rockin' Ronnie Shewchuk knows a bit about the "Q". He's won barbecue titles in Alberta, claimed top honours at the Canadian National Barbecue Championship and caused a ruckus...

20 May
Dry Rubs — French Kiss

This is how dry rub should be. Sure it looks a bit like potpourri, but this Mediterranean-inspired rub proved to be so tasty it nearly convinced Andrew to like lamb — something I've been trying to do for almost a decade. Ever since I nearly smoked...

15 May
Reader Question — Healthy Snacks

Share and share alike. A while ago I posted about roasted chickpeas. One reader, Jolie from New York City, loved them so much, she wrote to tell me about her caramelized onion variation. I gave her suggestion a whirl and thought the crispy onion pieces...

14 May
Daring Cooks – Zuni Ricotta Gnocchi

One of the hardest things about writing a food blog is coming up with ideas. I constantly walk the line between indulging my whims and keeping it real. So, for a monthly infusion of inspiration, I decided to join the Daring Cooks, the Daring Bakers'...

13 May

Do you know the children's story by Judith Viorst, Alexander and the Terrible, Horible, No Good, Very Bad Day? Well yesterday I felt like I'd stepped into the shoes of a grumpy little boy who'd been force to eat lima beans and wear his loathed...

12 May
May Poll

I think the Internet is punishing me for the bad pun in the subject line. I've been trying to post all morning and keep getting an error message. Even the photo, chosen before I encountered the technical issues, mocks me. So, here I am, fiddling about...

11 May
Strawberry and Spinach Salad

This isn't the most original recipe in the world. Variations with poppyseeds and a sickly sweet dressing have been gracing the pages of women's magazines for decades. But when Mom says she wants a spinach salad for Mother's Day, Mom gets a spinach salad. And...

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