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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

16 Mar
Jelly Beans

If I get a cavity, it's all Kira's fault. She brought jelly beans to a meeting last week. Not dollar store jelly beans that taste like lemon Pledge, stale Tang or some alien interpretation of red fruit. No, she brought high-end gourmet jelly beans in...

13 Mar
Reader Question – Vegetarian Gravy

This week's question comes from Kerry Dexter, a serious music fan and dedicated vegetarian. She's looking for a low-fat, low-sodium gravy that doesn't rely on animal stock. And to make things more a challenge, she has no food processor or blender so you can't just...

12 Mar

Some promises are explicitly stated while others are implied. With my recent poll, I indicated I would change my blog's name if it proved to be too confusing. Sixty-one votes later, the name stays. The tally? While 7 rallied for change, 17 thought the name Christie's Corner...

10 Mar
Swing-A-Way Can Opener

It shouldn't be that hard to find a gadget that opens cans without tossing tomato paste all over the kitchen -- or breaking my thumb. But I've been on the lookout for a good can opener since November and have found only hand-held or electric...

09 Mar
Oatmeal Date Cookies

It was quite the weekend for Christie's Corner. Friday, Andrew and I headed to Kingston to visit family, knock down an outhouse and stock up on Cooke's fine coffee. Sunday we left with 2 pounds of fresh Italian roast, "commode demolition" added to Andrew's resume...

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