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5 Things I never thought I’d have in my pantry
12 Apr
5 Things I Never Thought I’d Have in My Pantry
5 Things I never thought I’d have in my pantry Although mounds of  icy snow still lurk in the shadowy parts of my front yard, I choose to believe spring has finally arrived. I see crocus bulbs forcing their way through the compact soil in my neighbours’ gardens, and while nothing green has appeared yet in mine, I am acting as if my lawn is awash in daffodils and snow drops. Part of this cunning ruse involves partaking in the annual spring cull of Unnecessary Culinary Objects. Over the winter, fancy mixes and far-fetched condiments burrowed their way into my pantry. I blame Christmas, Valentine’s Day and boredom. During the cull I tossed guacamole mixes full of MSG and pre-made sauces loaded with six different kinds of sugars and fake flavours. Yet I kept some items that might surprise you. The following post is from the archives. Three years later, it still holds true:

5 Things I Never Thought I’d Have in My Pantry

Can you keep a secret? After going on and on about Homemade This and From-Scratch That, there is a spot for convenience foods in my life and in my cupboard. While I prefer fresh to tinned, homemade to reconstituted, the food snob in me has learned to make concessions. I just don't usually broadcast them for fear that fessing up will get me banned from the culinary section of the Internet -- or at least pelted with organic heirloom tomatoes. While the following items are to food what K-Mart is to fashion, they do the trick -- under specific circumstances. So here is my culinary confession. My pantry contains the following non-artisan, non-organic, far-from-fresh items. And I'm not about to give them up.
Captain Improv’s Easy Lemon Chicken
05 Apr
Captain Improv’s Creamy Lemon Chicken

First there was Lex Luther, The Joker and Mr X. Then came Dr. Horrible and his malevolent idol Bad Horse, The Thoroughbred of Sin. I’m fortunate to have never come across such terrifying evil doers. Some say I remain unscathed because I live a quiet...

Ingredients for Braised Beef with Orange and Tarragon
12 Mar
Braised Beef With Orange And Tarragon

These are some of the ingredients that go into what my husband calls “That Orange Beef Stew Thing You Make.” I call it Braised Beef with Orange and Tarragon but who am I to quibble? He likes it. I like it. Our guests like it....

maple-walnut-squares-stacked-no-knife
09 Mar
Maple Syrup — A Regional Food

Two years ago, almost to the day, I went maple syruping at a friend's farm. (Click the link! Go on. Not only will you learn how it's done, there's a photo of a really handsome dog.) The sky was overcast but the air was damp. And...

Crostoli dusted with icing sugar
04 Mar
Crostoli or Frappe du Carnaval

It's Shrove Tuesday and everyone's flipping pancakes and frying fritters. Me? I'm trying my hand at crostoli — a crispy, fried dough so light it's almost like you're not eating. Variations appear throughout Europe with different names and different shapes, but the distinctive blistered dough...

Blood Orange Cherry Muffins by The Messy Baker.
01 Mar
Blood Orange and Cherry Muffins

Be careful what you wish for. Earlier I begged for sunshine, and lots of it, as I gobbled blood oranges as fast as I could peel them.  I should have specified "with warm temperatures." Mother Nature granted my request— in letter, not spirit. For the...

Blood-Orange-Segments
25 Feb
Blood Oranges

I'm full of hope. And citrus. The grocery stores are bursting with mandarines, limes, lemons and even pomelos. These are just a few of the items that hopped in my cart as I cruised through the produce section on an Ontario-grey winter afternoon. Although uninvited,...

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies by TheMessyBaker.com
19 Feb
My Favourite Oatmeal Cookies

I dread the old-lady grey days of winter. With no horizon to steady my gaze, the relentless expanse of white makes me anxious. I drift in time as unpredictable storms ignore the calendar and scoff at the groundhog. As the colourless land and sky merge...

How to get more flavour out of your chicken stock
17 Feb
Make the Most Flavorful Chicken Stock

Not everyone reads the comments section, so I thought I'd start a separate post to share the conversation I've been having with Barbara about chicken stock. Barbara has moved to a small apartment and is re-learning to make stock without $7 stewing hens and a...

coconut-crack0004-balls-landscape
14 Feb
Chocolate Coconut Paleo Crack

These are for my sister. She doesn't know it yet, but they'll arrive at her door later today in a box with some pathetic attempt at a heart drawn on the lid. She's in the middle of the Kitchen Reno from Hell and needs some...

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