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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09 Mar
Whisky Works – As the Barrel Turns (Episode 9 Snow Day)

In a classic episode of WKRP, Les Nessman announces the city is about to be hit by a giant lizzard. The "b" on the teletype machine wasn't working. After last night's deluge, we'd take Jurassic Park reptiles over snow fall like this any day. To give...

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07 Mar
Savory Garlic Popcorn

According to the weather reports, a "menacing storm" is moving in this weekend. Even though there's no room to put it, Southern Ontario can welcome another foot of snow. To cope with the impending downfall, I'm adopting the maybe-it-will-go-away school of thought. I'm going to...

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06 Mar
Popcorn maker claims are full of hot air

Free to a good home: One sad-sack hot air popcorn maker. In keeping with the previous surprises I've encountered during Gadget Week, my planned review of a garlic mandolin will have to wait. Instead of presenting you with a tasty recipe for garlic and rosemary popcorn,...

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05 Mar
Lemon Risotto – To Grate or Microplane, That is the Question

What started out as Gadget Week is morphing into an experiment I'm dubbing Expand Charmian's Palate. Yesterday I discovered that pears poached in black currant wine is greater than the sum of its parts. And today? I set aside my textural objections and made Lemon...

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04 Mar
Poached Pears and a Fruit Peeler

I don't like pears and I'm not particularly found of black currants, so I was more than a little surprised to find myself creating a recipe where pears and black currant wine feature as main ingredients. Am I crazy? A masochist? No, just terminally curious. When...

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02 Mar
Whisky Works – As the Barrel Turns (Episode 8)

This week, As the Barrel Turns went viral. In more ways than one. "It's never a good sign when they keep telling you you're being a good sport," the red-nosed Dr Andrew Thomson wheezed. In common with half of Southern Ontario, Thomson succumbed to a vicious...

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28 Feb
A new use for coffee and cocoa

Quick. What is this? Chocolate muffin with sugar sprinkles? An extreme close up of a cocoa rolled truffle? Nope. Guess again. It’s steak. Earlier in the week, The National Post ran an article about adding coffee to a dry rub. Not only did the recipe call for...

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27 Feb
Kenmore – no more

Lori is on her third breadmaker. Jodi loves her stand-up mixer enough to devote serious counter space to it. Heck, I have not one but two crockpots. Clearly, my gadget policy isn't as firm as "thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's Veg-O-Matic." Unlike some rule...

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25 Feb
A Caffeine-Inspired Tour of Kingston

I'm telling this story out of order. I was so excited about my new perfectly engineered caffettiera from Oderin's, I forgot the before and after parts. It was cold, as Kingston is in winter. How cold? Ice sculptures and outdoor rink cold. If the above photo...

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