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.

25 Apr
Blogs – Buzz or Bust?

How can something that's free, readily accessible and more common than dandelions at the park be one of your most valuable marketing tools? If you're willing to invest some real time and virtual legwork, blogs can create buzz, establish credentials and boost sales. Jen A. Miller,...

23 Apr
Death by Chocolate Curls

Chocolate curls are an art form I've yet to perfect. My sister asked for "that layered nut cake you made before" and I obliged. Tuning into my psychic abilities, I decided she meant Hazelnut Mocha Torte and not Pecan Orange Dacquoise. Because the cake and filling...

22 Apr
Earth Day – BioBags

Seeing that it's Earth Day, I thought I'd post about an environmentally-friendly kitchen item --BioBags. Putting compostable waste into plastic bags seems counterintuitive, so I've been testing a biodegradable version. Based on cornstarch, these bags break down in the composter but keep your kitchen smelling...

20 Apr
Whisky Works – As the Barrel Turns (Episode 15 Spring Cleaning)

This weekend, Dr Thomson takes a break from his marking to do some spring cleaning. In the process of eliminating dust bunnies, Thomson came across an eclectic mix of treasures. Although Amelia Earhart wasn't among the finds, Thomson recovered three generations of cat toys, the last...

18 Apr
Amish Zombie Bread

This post is not for the squeamish. Consider yourself warned. Still with me? Remember the not-so-Amish bread starter I tossed in the garbage on Monday to save my friends from eternal baking? After waste pick up this morning, Andrew found a fresh batch alive and growing...

15 Apr
Amish Friendship Bread – The Buck Stops Here

Amish Friendship Bread is the sour dough version of a chain letter. In true pacifist style, no one threatens you with bad luck, higher taxes or computer woes should you break the chain. However, by following the directions, you end up two loaves of mediocre...

14 Apr
Latte Whip – Whip It, Whip It Good

The buzz of this little gadget starts me off each morning. This handheld, battery-operated latte whip costs less than $15 retail but is priceless in my books. I've tried those Bodum-like milk frothers you pump manually. While they create a nice head of foam, they don't...

13 Apr
Whisky Works – As the Barrel Turns (Episode 14)

A few short weeks ago, Dr Thomson was up to his unmentionables in snow. Today, he's up to his cask hoops in marking. So distracted by the influx of year-end book reviews and essays, Thomson almost forgot to turn the barrel. Thomson put down his red pencils...

10 Apr
Caffeine Brain — it’s a good thing

I'm going to go to North Dakota and kiss someone. Dr Jonathan Geiger, to be precise. Thanks to him and his tireless team of researchers, we now have "the best evidence yet" that caffeine protects the brain. Yes folks, it's true. A cup of joe...

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