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.

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...

28 Nov
Gifts for Cooks — Rouxbe

Now that American Thanksgiving is over, I feel I can address Christmas without rushing things too much. Over the next few weeks I'll be looking at gifts for people who love to cook. Now I realize that buying a suitable present for a fussy foodie can...

26 Nov
Stove Shopping — What I Learned

Yesterday, I went stove shopping. Many hours and several stores later, I learned: Very few manufacturers make 24" gas stoves. Those who do make bare-bones models. You have your choice of white, white, white or white. Today, I went shopping again and learned: ...

25 Nov
Stove Shopping

Charmian can't come to the blog right now. She's out looking for a new stove. Here's her I-might-as-well-blow-the-wad wish list. How many features do you think she'll actually get? Remember, she's going for a 24" natural gas model, not a standard 30", and had to surrender...

24 Nov
Canadian Blog Awards and Why I Need Your Vote

It's small. It's earnest. Although it teeters on the julienne-thin line between cute and kitschy, I want it as much as I want a new stove. Last year Yarn Harlot won first prize for the Best Activities Blog (where I swiped the nifty logo on...

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