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...

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...

5 Things I never thought I’d have in my pantry
5 Things I Never Thought I’d Have in My Pantry
5 Things I never thought I’d have in my pantry Although mounds of  icy snow still lurk in the shadowy parts of my front yard, I choose to believe spring has finally arrived. I see crocus bulbs forcing their way through the compact soil in my neighbours’ gardens, and while nothing green has appeared yet in mine, I am acting as if my lawn is awash in daffodils and snow drops. Part of this cunning ruse involves partaking in the annual spring cull of Unnecessary Culinary Objects. Over the winter, fancy mixes and far-fetched condiments burrowed their way into my pantry. I blame Christmas, Valentine’s Day and boredom. During the cull I tossed guacamole mixes full of MSG and pre-made sauces loaded with six different kinds of sugars and fake flavours. Yet I kept some items that might surprise you. The following post is from the archives. Three years later, it still holds true:

5 Things I Never Thought I’d Have in My Pantry

Can you keep a secret? After going on and on about Homemade This and From-Scratch That, there is a spot for convenience foods in my life and in my cupboard. While I prefer fresh to tinned, homemade to reconstituted, the food snob in me has learned to make concessions. I just don't usually broadcast them for fear that fessing up will get me banned from the culinary section of the Internet -- or at least pelted with organic heirloom tomatoes. While the following items are to food what K-Mart is to fashion, they do the trick -- under specific circumstances. So here is my culinary confession. My pantry contains the following non-artisan, non-organic, far-from-fresh items. And I'm not about to give them up.
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,...

My orange tabby. TheMessyBaker.com
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...

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...

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...

DWO email cover
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...

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...

Strawberry Sour Cream Ice Cream - TheMessyBaker.com
Happy Dominion Day 2013

[caption id="attachment_13739" align="alignnone" width="640"] Cottage Country in Ontario. You can almost hear the call of the loon.[/caption] 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...

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