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.

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...

09 May
Happy Mother’s Day

I'm getting lazy. Last year I posted a video tribute to my mother. Maurice Chevalier crooned about the virtues of little girls while a slide show of my mother (clipped somewhat inelegantly from my parents' 50th anniversary video) scrolled by in all its sepia glory. This...

08 May
Flavoured Sugars in Time for Mother’s Day

While my frugal vanilla sugar relied on a long, slow infusion with used vanilla pods, you can whip up some lovely homemade sugars right now in time for Mother's Day.   If you're like me, you've left things to the last minute. And if your mom is...

06 May
Restaurant Purse Hanger

When I saw this in the shop, the design caught my eye. I didn't know what it was, but I knew I wanted one. I can be like that. After a few minutes of spinning the painted enamel disk round and round on its arm, I...

05 May

I overheard this snippet of conversation in the independent Italian green grocer's near my house: Customer: Where's your margarine? Manager: We don't sell margarine, only butter. I love this place. Photos © islandspice. Published under a Creative Commons License....

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