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.

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25 Mar
The Art of Substitution

A handful of red peppers in lieu of snow peas won't make or break your stir-fry. The only difference is a variation in colour and which family member picks out their most hated vegetable. Adventurous carnivores can swap pork for beef or lamb in a curry...

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23 Mar
Whisky Works – As the Barrel Turns (Episode 11 – Easter Edition)

This week, As the Barrel Turns wishes to dispute former guest turner and current trouble maker, Phil Langotz, who dared to suggest I had an unhealthy need for media attention. It's not about me, Phil, it's about the hat. Yes, it's Easter and to honour the...

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19 Mar
Umbra Cooknook – Now you see it, now you don’t

I can't resist problem-solving products. Especially if they come in under $20 (tax included). So when Jennifer at Surroundings showed me Umbra's $15 Cooknook, an under-the-cabinet book holder, I had to try it. The picture to the left is how the manufacturer illustrates its use. Notice...

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18 Mar
Chocolate Ginger Cheesecake

I was debating what to blog about when Jodi sent me a plant via Facebook and tagged on a note about how she needed more ginger and chocolate. Well, we must be on the same craving wavelength because on the weekend I had a hankering...

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18 Mar
Chocolate Ginger Cheesecake

I was debating what to blog about when Jodi sent me a plant via Facebook and tagged on a note about how she needed more ginger and chocolate. Well, we must be on the same craving wavelength because on the weekend I had a hankering...

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14 Mar
Monica Bhide’s Curried Popcorn and a few answers

While gadget week is behind me, my post on savory garlic popcorn needs some further attention. To clarify, three cloves of garlic produce a mild topping. If you don't mind being socially unacceptable, crank the volume to 10 and have mints on hand. However, if...

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13 Mar
March Issue of Guelph Life

Does the model on the cover of this month's Guelph Life look a tad familiar? Well, she should. C'est moi! Even though this is a regional lifestyle magazine, I've been humming Dr. Hook's "On The Cover of the Rolling Stone" all day. Yes, it dates me....

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12 Mar
The Kitchen God

My essay, The Kitchen God, is today's Facts & Arguments essay in the Globe and Mail. In it, I recount learning to bake at my mother's elbow. Thanks Mom. I owe you. Love, Charmian Update: The article is no longer available online for free. For copyright reasons I won't...

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11 Mar
Old Fashioned Brown Sugar Cake

Silly me. I should have photographed the cake before placing it on the table in front of the ravening horde (aka my family). Tired of snow and yearning for old-fashioned comfort, I whipped up a brown sugar cake straight out of grandma's kitchen. Dark brown sugar,...

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