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.

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...

12 May
Green with Coffee Roasting Envy

Turn that frown upside down, White- Westinghouse Popper. Thanks to Carolyn Erikson, her coffee roasting husband and my inability to toss things out in a timely fashion, you've been granted a stay of execution. Today, while reading Carolyn's detailed blog post, I learned we don't have...

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

Last week, when we promised you a golf metaphor, we completely forgot about Mother's Day. This Hallmark hole-in-one trumps all else, so we abandoned the links concept and embraced family ties. We were going to ask my mother to be the guest turner, but Mom's aren't...

10 May
Rootham’s Red Pepper Jelly Tarts

If necessity is the mother in invention, then pending company and limited time sire recipes -- some of which are actually worth sharing. One of my favourite spontaneous creations uses Rootham's Tangy Red Pepper Jelly. I'd been given a jar as a hostess gift, and...

09 May
Compliments and Coffee

The blog-a-day challenge has forced me to try RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds. I've never quite understood their appeal and always opted for email subscriptions. The inbox method was easy when I only followed a couple of blogs. Now that I'm keeping tabs on more...

08 May
Breakfast blues

According to the Food Substitution Bible, butterscotch ripple ice cream is not a suitable stand-in for raspberry yogurt. There goes my breakfast plan. An hour after the latte hits my system I'm ready to eat. Plain organic yogurt, some unsweetened berries and a high-fibre, protein-rich cereal...

07 May
Lowering the fat on Honey Carrot Cake

A while ago Lisa emailed me asking how to reduce the fat in baking. One of her favourite loaf recipes calls for an entire cup of oil and she wanted to cut back. For years I've read that you can just replace half the oil...

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