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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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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