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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09 Jan
Leftover Cranberry Sauce Solutions

Last week, Elizabeth Kricfalusi asked what she should do with her leftover cranberry sauce. And you answered. Some of your diverse and delicious suggestions included: bake it into muffins and quickbreads, use it like jam, pour it over ice cream, stir it into yogurt, simmer...

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08 Jan
More About Chef’s Knives

This picture shows two things. One: I need to use hand cream more often. And Two: The curved finger position that's essential when using sharp knives. You know this already. I know you do. I bet if I asked you how to position the hand that...

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06 Jan
Chef Knives

I have a confession to make. Although I know intellectually that a good set of knives is a cook's most valuable tool, until recently I used cheap ones. Really dull, cheap ones. A good decade ago, I bought a knife set based on laziness convenience and...

Beef Stew with Gremolata
05 Jan
Simple Beef Stew with Orange-Walnut Gremolata

Is everyone on a diet this week? I don't know about you, but despite my normally ferocious sweet tooth, I'm not ready to face another dessert, scone, pastry or white-flour carbohydrate for a few days. Whether or not you're counting calories, this beef stew will expand...

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03 Jan
Reader Questions – Leftover Cranberry Sauce

It's a new year and I'm adding a new category -- Reader Questions. While I can't guarantee I'll know the answer, I figure if I mine the collective wisdom of my diverse and knowledgeable readers, we should be able to come up with a wide...

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02 Jan
No soup for you!

Well, that didn't take long. Day One of 2009 and I had my first kitchen disaster. That's a personal record. I usually take a good week to warm up to a culinary gaff, but this year? Mere hours. And as if that wasn't enough, the...

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01 Jan
Split Pea and Ham Soup

Happy New Year! For those who aren't hung over and are eager to eat, I'm keeping my resolutions and serving you up a healthy non-dessert. And if Blogger does its job, the post will go up before 9:00 a.m. No, I'm not up early making the...

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31 Dec
Happy New Year and My Resolutions for 2009

I'm stunned. After a quick look back at my promises, I can announce to the world that I actually kept last year's blog resolutions. I delivered cookbook reviews, shared my thoughts on more than 20 culinary gadgets and included a photo in every post. Even...

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30 Dec
Classic Vanilla Crème Brûlée

Until recently, crème brûlée defied me. I followed the instructions meticulously and ended up serving guests a high-fat vanilla liquid with a soggy sugar crust. Then chocoatiers Dominique and Cindy Duby wrote Crème Brûlée: More Than 50 Decadent Recipes and showed me the errors of...

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29 Dec
Burr Grinders

Coffee Boy got a burr grinder for Christmas -- a mid-range Krups GVX2-12. While this little gadget will not get its own weekly serial, as did last year's whisky aging kit, it definitely earned its racy model number. Confession time: I thought a burr grinder was...

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