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.

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...

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...

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...

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,...

08 Dec
Gifts for Student Cooks – Magic Spicer

My first apartment had two small above-the-counter cupboards. The one within easy reach barely housed the hand-me-down dinnerware I'd inherited from a family friend and the 70s-amber drinking glasses that had once been my grandparents'. The other cupboard was wedged in a corner battling the...

05 Dec
Gifts for Cooks — Mini Whisk

Earlier I promised a gift that a child could afford. The tiny whisk on the bottom right comes in at less than $1.00. It's cute, it's compact and it's amazingly useful. These baby whisks are irresistible. Last year I received three for Christmas. While I only...

04 Dec
Well-Balanced — A Quiz: Are you a taster, non-taster or super-taster?

Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking with Shari Darling, aka the Sophisticated Wino and author of Orgasmic Appetizers and Matching Wines. Darling, a sommelier and cookbook author, specializes in pairing food and wine. Over the course of coffee, I nibbled a Jamie Kennedy pain...

03 Dec
Gifts for Cooks — Ginger Grater

If the kitchen were on fire, which isn't that far fetched an idea given our history, this is one of the items I'd grab. My mom gave me this navy blue ceramic ginger grater for Christmas a couple of years ago and I've used it at...

02 Dec
Who Grooved my Cheese?

Why is this block of cheddar wearing ear buds? It's listening to All You Need is Cheese, a series of podcasts about Canadian cheese. Fermented curd connoisseur, Ian Jones, criss-crosses our vast country talking to "artisans, experts and cheese lovers from coast to coast." Whether...

01 Dec
NaNoWriMo Winner

Sorry this post is so late. I wrote 15,000 words in three days and my brain got scared and hid under the sofa. I managed to coax it out with hot coffee and sweet snacks. But it's still mad at me. By now some of you are...

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