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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25 Dec
Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday. Since I'm Canadian I observe Boxing Day. I'll be busy polishing off the left-over trifle at breakfast and visiting with family. No shopping. No bargain hunting. Just a day of socializing. In many ways Boxing Day is better...

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24 Dec
Last Minute Gifts for Cooks

Left things to the last minute? Whether the stores are closed or the last item on your list is sold out, don't panic. Foodies are easy to please. All you need is a connection to the Internet -- and if you're reading this you have....

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23 Dec
A Blue (Potato) Christmas

They might look purple, but they're called blue potatoes. My sister got some in her organic CSA delivery and gave me a few to try. As with most fruits and vegetables, the more colour, the more nutrients. These spuds are packed with the same antioxidants...

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19 Dec
Thai Coconut Soup

The long-predicted storm has hit. Fluffy, delicate flakes are not wafting from the heavens like diamond dust making everything merry and bright. Au contraire! Tiny, razor-sharp ice crystals are thrashing about in the wind, whitewashing the great outdoors. In this weather, a jaunt for the...

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17 Dec
Christmas Baking – Nanaimo Bars

For obvious reasons, I nearly entitled this post "Things Fall Apart". Last year's Nanaimo bars held together like a charm. This year? Not so much. Was it my wonky oven, which as been fixed but is sulking because it will soon be replaced? Did I reduce the...

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16 Dec
Christmas Breakfast – Buttermilk Scones

I don't know how my mother did it. She used to serve a homemade Swedish tea ring, fresh scones, fruit salad, scrambled eggs, sausages and hot chocolate for Christmas breakfast. We faced this gargantuan meal mere hours after gorging on a full Christmas Eve dinner,...

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15 Dec
Christmas Baking — Lemon Bars

This family favourite is the ultimate lemon bar. I wrote about these last year after we extensively taste-tested several variations. Bakers should feel free to click the link to get the recipe. The morbidly curious might be interested in last year's post to see the...

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11 Dec
Christmas Baking – Ginger Cookies

Note to self: Put the camera cable back where it belongs if you don't want to spend the morning looking for the only piece of equipment in the house that will transfer photos to your computer. Sigh...

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10 Dec
Photography poll

Last year one of my resolutions was to add photos to the blog. I blithely promised quantity not quality. This year, I'm hoping to address both. Frustrated by the limitations of my current camera, I'm upgrading soon to an SLR and am working on improving various...

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09 Dec
Christmas Cookies — Simple Shortbread Cookies

I could eat this entire stack of shortbreads in one sitting, but will restrain myself. I must leave some for others. With no Scottish thistles pressed into the surface or fancy rosette piping, these are the ugly ducklings of the icebox cookie set. They are also,...

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