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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31 Mar
Homemade Ranch Dressing

I haven't bought bottled salad dressing in years. Not only is homemade vinaigrette quick and easy to make, it tastes so much better than the store bought versions, I no longer even bother to walk down the dressing aisle. Ask me about the latest trends...

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27 Mar
Flax Facts

Normally I'd do a Reader Question today, but I was intrigued by the responses to yesterday's post on Oatmeal Flax Squares. When Andrew read my post he confessed he didn't actually like the taste of flax in the squares. What?! Now he tells me! Seems I...

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26 Mar
Oatmeal Flax Squares

I've been experimenting with flax seeds lately. I know they're full of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and cancer-fighting lignans, but truth be told, I'm attracted to their crunch and nutty taste. So when Linda Braun's Everything Flax (Whitecap, 2009) hit the shelves, I just had to...

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25 Mar
Scotch Marmalade or Homemade Spiced Whisky

Andrew has been wanting to try "Scotch Marmalade" ever since he saw a piece about home-brew infusions in Report on Business back in September. He clipped the article, bought a bottle of inexpensive Whyte & Mackay, handed both to me and asked, "What's star anise...

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24 Mar
Bean Salad

For the record, I did very little complaining about winter this year. This is especially noteworthy given the vast amounts of snow and sub-zero temperatures we endured, not to mention the time I had to climb onto the roof and chisel ice out of the...

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23 Mar
Reusable Coffee Sleeves

I am a creature of habit. Community Roots, a local artist collective chock full of eco-friendly fair, is dangerously conveniently located right next to the butcher shop. When grocery shopping, I usually pop into the collective to see what's new, and more often than I...

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20 Mar
Vegetarian Gravy

I'm all for positive thinking, but Miles Davis never tasted last night's attempt at caramelized onion gravy. Andrew tried to make me feel better. "Easy for him to say. Make a mistake in jazz and no one can tell." But food? Sorry, Kerry, I have failed...

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19 Mar
Battlestar Galactica — The Last Frakkin’ Meal

That's me in the middle. If you saw the Star Trek Meets Monty Python video I posted at Hallowe'en, you won't be surprised to learn I'm a bit of a sci-fi geek. Should I ever be forced to choose between The Space Channel and the Food...

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18 Mar
Cleaning Copper Bottom Pots

We left Kingston with more than an auto repair bill. My mother-in-law gave me a couple of her well-loved copper bottom pots and an enameled cast-iron skillet. Both work beautifully despite years of use. I know how to take care of the skillet, but being new...

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17 Mar
Chicken with Dried Cranberries and Orange

After yesterday's jelly bean confession, I figured I should eat a healthy meal. But I wanted the intense flavours those tiny shellac-coated goodies offered. My solution, dried cranberries. The shot above is an extreme close up of the cranberry sauce that graced my potentially ho-hum chicken....

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