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.

22 May
The future of toast?

According to Inventables, the think tank behind the transparent toaster pictured above, if their R&D team can figure out a way to get the glass hot enough, you'll never be surprised by singed crusts again. I see two flaws in this plan. One: They assume people in...

21 May
Hiding Spaces

Today's lesson: Smart husbands hide the chocolate stash out in the open. Can you see the two packages of Lindt? The spines says,"Dark chocolate with pieces of orange and almond slivers." Neither could I -- at first. Very clever of Andrew to store them amidst textbooks...

20 May
Listen to Your Mother

Today's lesson: Paring knives aren't good for opening jars of olives. The good news: The doctor says the puncture wound to my sister's left hand did only minor nerve damage. Nerves heal at a rate of 1mm a day, so she should be back to normal...

19 May
Never assume

Today's lesson: If you lend cookware to a cat owner, always wash it upon return. Just because all traces of food have been removed doesn't necessarily mean it's clean....

18 May
Whisky Works – As the Barrel Turns (Episode 19)

This week, we learned that the elves put their tiny little heads together and instituted a (lower) class action against As the Barrel Turns, not for the bad puns or weak story lines, but because they want a share of the profits. So, we brought in...

17 May
Toasting Nuts and Seeds

This week I posted a couple of recipes that call for toasted nuts or seeds. Janie asked how to do this, so I figured she's not the only one who might be confused about this technique. No wonder. There are actually three methods, all of...

16 May
Lemon-Loaded North African Dressing

These days when you order a salad, the dressings choices are so varied they could have their own menu. But years ago, when I fell in love with this lemon-loaded version, the only competition was -- and had been for decades -- Italian, French, Thousand...

15 May
Mysteriously Good Sour Cream Apple Pie

Truth be told, I'm not much of a pie fan. Despite my passion for dessert, I can walk away from most fruit pies without feeling the emotional tug that sends me to the cookie jar like cat hair to carpets. Until a few weeks ago,...

14 May
Roasted Pepper Salad

This salad takes almost as long to say as it does to prepare. The full name of this dish is -- deep breath -- Roasted Sweet Pepper Salad with Pine Nuts, Goat Cheese and Basil. Phew! That's practically the whole recipe. Another of Rose Reisman's gems...

13 May
Nuts for Snow Peas

Despite my recent obsession with desserts and coffee, I haven't forgotten the poll results. Some of you wanted side dishes, so I'll be serving some up vegetable options over the next week. In winter, I'm happy with some steamed veggies to soak up the sauce from...

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