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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18 Jan
Pecan Cheesies – Going, Going, Gone

You'll notice there's no photo with today's recipe. Partly my fault. Partly Andrew's. I've been saving this post for a cold, snowy, winter evening, thinking you'd enjoy a nice savory nibble with a glass of wine or sherry by the fire with friends. Sounds tempting? Well, you'll...

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16 Jan
Bone Density Death by Chocolate

Andrew hides bars of my favourite chocolate around the house to pull out in emotional emergencies. Smart man. Although I'm not a fan of the chocolate/bacon combo, I bow to the irony of chocolate having saved his bacon more than once. It's hard to...

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13 Jan
Whisky Works – As the Barrel Turns

For those who are following this breaking Whisky Works story, today was Barrel Turning Day. "I felt a lot of pressure," says Dr. Andrew Thomson of Wilfrid Laurier University's History Department. "Clockwise or counter-clockwise? It's a big decision. Once you commit to a direction, there's...

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11 Jan
SpiceStack – Why Didn’t I Think of This?

As a teen, I was convinced my mother was the weirdest parent on the planet. My girlfriends and I would try to outdo each other with stories of our mothers' embarrassing behaviour, like how they'd shop in curlers or forced us to wear bell bottoms...

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10 Jan
Byron in the Bargain Bin

Some of my favourite cookbooks have come from the bargain bin. Amidst a stack of discount duds I’ve found gems I’d have happily paid full price for. Byron’s New Home Cooking by Byron Ayanoglu is one of them. Sure the jacket font is dated, but...

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08 Jan
Up to the Challenge Black Bean Salsa

Frankly, I don't know how Mom did it. She kept track of all her children's likes and dislikes, right down to the details of whether we ate our carrots cooked or raw, wanted our toast cut in triangles or sliced into strips, or preferred our...

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07 Jan
Whisky Works – Aging has begun

The first step of the Whisky Works project involved swelling the oak barrel with water for three days. Andrew emptied the water yesterday and filled the barrel with the provided whisky. The recovered water, pictured here, is light amber, almost the colour of urine. Not...

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06 Jan
Simple Scottish Red Lentil Soup

Mike Meyers once suggested all Scottish cuisine was based on a dare. I can see his point when faced with haggis, congealed oatmeal porridge or rock hard oat cakes. But I'd walk a highland mile for good shortbread, a smooth single malt or piping hot...

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03 Jan
Whisky Works – Making Hooch a Hobby

What do you get a man who already owns almost every single malt Scotland can produce? A whisky finishing set. They say every man needs a hobby...

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02 Jan
Pushing the Organic Envelope

Organic is a real buzz word these days. I've seen organic choco-bears cereal, organic peanut butter cup cookies and admit to indulging in embarrassing amounts of organic chocolate, myself. While all food is technically organic because it contains carbon, people assume if it's bears...

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