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Dried Cherry & Chocolate Chip Cookies by The Messy Baker
Dried Cherry & Chocolate Chip Cookies

Slice-and-bake shortbreads can be perfectly uniform and not put me off. I’ve no issue when one gingersnap looks exactly like the next. But I don’t trust chocolate chip cookies unless they resemble a culinary version of the Rorschach test. Although roughly the same size, each should bake...

Rhubarb-Raspberry Loaf and Muffins by The Messy Baker
Rhubarb-Raspberry Loaf and Muffins

Everything’s behind schedule. The spring bulbs, the roses, the fruit. And me. Especially me. While I chastise myself for tardiness, I’m actually pleased that Mother Nature is dragging her earth-encrusted feet. Here it is, almost July, and I’m harvesting armloads of rhubarb with leaves as...

Deep Dark Cherry Chipotle Brownies by The Messy Baker
Deep Dark Cherry Chipotle Brownies

Mother’s Day 2014 [caption id="attachment_16426" align="alignnone" width="800"] Photo courtesy the amazingly talented Ryan Szulc.[/caption] When I think of chocolate it’s hard not to think of my mother. She made boozy chocolate torte so full of liqueur and whipped cream it was one generous jigger away from dissolving...

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Maple Syrup — A Regional Food

Two years ago, almost to the day, I went maple syruping at a friend's farm. (Click the link! Go on. Not only will you learn how it's done, there's a photo of a really handsome dog.) The sky was overcast but the air was damp. And...

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Crostoli or Frappe du Carnaval

It's Shrove Tuesday and everyone's flipping pancakes and frying fritters. Me? I'm trying my hand at crostoli — a crispy, fried dough so light it's almost like you're not eating. Variations appear throughout Europe with different names and different shapes, but the distinctive blistered dough...

Blood Orange Cherry Muffins by The Messy Baker.
Blood Orange and Cherry Muffins

Be careful what you wish for. Earlier I begged for sunshine, and lots of it, as I gobbled blood oranges as fast as I could peel them.  I should have specified "with warm temperatures." Mother Nature granted my request— in letter, not spirit. For the...

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies by TheMessyBaker.com
My Favourite Oatmeal Cookies

I dread the old-lady grey days of winter. With no horizon to steady my gaze, the relentless expanse of white makes me anxious. I drift in time as unpredictable storms ignore the calendar and scoff at the groundhog. As the colourless land and sky merge...

Overnight Chocolate Chip Cookies by The Messy Baker
Overnight Chocolate Chip Cookies

My mother insists I didn't drive her to what she politely referred to as "the brink of distraction." She may well have found my inquisitive nature delightful, but my non-stop questions got under her skin. When Mom had reached her limit, she would cup her...

Portuguese Custard Tarts by TheMessyBaker.com
Portuguese Custard Tarts

This photo wasn't staged. It's a real glimpse of my chaotic kitchen table, captured via my smartphone. The spoons are washed but remain uncleared from the Herb & Spice post. The dishes at the lower right are set out for lunch, and in the midst of...

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Beer Batter Orange Crepes

This post will come as a surprise to those who know me. I'm not a beer drinker. Yet here I am creating a recipe using ale. Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA to be precise. Why? Because I was asked. And they specifically wanted a dessert,...

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