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 Nov
Coffee crisis

Good news. We're still married. Bad news. Andrew melted my coffee maker. I shouldn't complain. He makes me a morning coffee -- actually, a morning latte - every day. Weekends included. He brings it to me in bed and always says, "Please accept this fine cup of...

19 Nov
A toast to Toast

I adore a writer who can revel in imperfection. Nigel Slater begins his memoirs with his mother scraping burned toast out the kitchen window. Despite black bits in his butter and a smoke filled kitchen, he is "smitten". And so was I. Slater has a rare...

17 Nov
My apologies and a soup recipe

If, when you click on this post, you wonder, "What on earth is that smell?" it's me. Almost 24 hours since our Greek meal on The Danforth and I'm still reeking of garlic. No wonder the kittens are keeping their distance. I smell so strongly, I...

15 Nov
Baked, not fried

I thought I knew all the deep fried options available. Our local Scottish-themed pub serves deep fried Mars bars, the 2006 State Fair of Texas drew crowds and headlines for serving deep-fried Coca-Cola, and Indiana upped the ante the following year with deep-fried, chocolate-dipped strawberries....

13 Nov
Watching a pot almost boil

I once had a whistling stove-top kettle designed by Murphy's evil cousin. Its dime-sized spout made it difficult to fill, and the whistle never worked as the manufacturers claimed. Instead of emitting an attention-grabbing shriek, it would splutter apologetically and then gear down to a...

08 Nov
The $25,000 dessert

Think Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee at your local romantic restaurant is overpriced at $12.50? Try dishing out $25,000 for a frozen chocolate mousse. No, that's not a typo. Coming in just above the price of a fully loaded Prius is the Frrrozen Haute Chocolate. And...

06 Nov
Move over Rover

Common sense and the family dog aren't good enough anymore. I'm not making this up. A Toronto company is perfecting a plastic wrap that will warn you when your leftovers are no longer safe to eat. Antibodies stamped into the wrap react with pathogens in...

05 Nov
Is black the new green?

In keeping with my 2007 new year's resolutions, I am now the proud owner of a dozen or so eco-friendly black PC grocery bags. If we all use these instead of the disposable version, we can divert 1 billion plastic bags from landfill -- each...

04 Nov
You shouldn’t have. No really…

If you're like me you have dozens of little jars hiding in the pantry cupboard. They arrive in lovely gift bags around the holiday season and simply stockpile. While they sound too good to eat - Grand Marnier marmalade, raspberry merlot jelly, ginger and cognac...

24 May
Scrambled or fried

I'm not sure which style of egg best describes my brain recently, but I've been anything but sunny-side up. Between an increased workload, a wide range of social commitments and a garden that has decided to defy its "low maintenance" label, something had to give....

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