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2015 Culinary Bucket List

2015 Culinary Bucket List

For the past few years, I’ve posted a Culinary Bucket List. This is simply a list of recipes I’d like to tackle in the upcoming year. Whether it’s an exercise in frustration or inspiration depends on your outlook. I rarely make all the items on the list. Some years I don’t make even half. But […]

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Collage of all the recipes I entered in the OGB Challenge.

Dominion Day and the OGB Challenge

It’s July 1st, which means two things. One: It’s Dominion Day. My husband and I will be hanging around the patio trying to not drip rhubarb-raspberry ice cream on our matching Give Us Back Our Dominion Day t-shirts. He’s an historian and this small concession was part of the marriage contract. It keeps the peace, so what more can I say? Two: It’s […]

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Blood Oranges

I’m full of hope. And citrus. The grocery stores are bursting with mandarines, limes, lemons and even pomelos. These are just a few of the items that hopped in my cart as I cruised through the produce section on an Ontario-grey winter afternoon. Although uninvited, these guests are most welcomed. They mean there is warmth […]

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My orange tabby.

A quick update

Don’t worry. The cat’s fine. I just wanted to grab your attention. I’ve got some housekeeping details to share and this fellow is way more handsome than a straw broom. Tomorrow, The Messy Baker gets an update. This means the site will go into maintenance mode for (potentially) a few hours. What’s that mean? For me, […]

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Lucky Money. A Chinese New Year Tradition

Chinese New Year – Visiting Sweets and Lucky Numbers

Tonight marks the launch of Chinese New Year, a 15-day celebration that includes, feasting, firework displays and closes with the glimmering Lantern Festival. A quick Internet search might leave you with the impression it’s all about food. While meals and specific dishes are significant, the traditions go beyond the plate. All aspects of Chinese New Year […]

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What's on your culinary bucket list?

2014 Culinary Bucket List

For the past couple of years I’ve made a Culinary Bucket list in lieu of New Year’s Resolutions. Resolutions leave me with little but guilt and the vague sense that if I were stronger / more focused / more dedicated / better in every way possible, I’d be blinded by a wall of shiny gold […]

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Death Warmed Over

As a food blogger, I fail Halloween. I don’t make jack-o-lantern cupcakes, witch finger cookies or any of the other ghoulish treats my colleagues are so adept at. I can barely work up the nerve to carve a pumpkin. The cold, wet, slimy insides freak me out. So, while I go raid the candy bowl, […]

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Our Wedding

Favourite Recipe Round-Up: Eleven Years In

Eleven years ago today, I was extremely busy. When I wasn’t kissing the man behind the hat, I was getting my photos taken, greeting guests and exchanging vows. Today I spent an embarrassing amount of time poking about the archives of my computer. I was looking for this photo. Years ago, I had renamed it […]

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Strawberry Sour Cream Ice Cream -

Happy Dominion Day 2013

While the rest of the country celebrates Canada Day on July 1st, we celebrate Dominion Day. By “we” I mean Andrew and me. “Why Dominion Day?” you say. I’m so glad you asked. Dominion Day is the original name for the celebration of Canada’s birth. Sir Leonard Tilley, one of the Father’s of Confederation, dubbed us […]

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