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Zdena's Walnut Crescent Cookies, a classic Czech treat — TheMessyBaker.com
Zdena’s Walnut Crescent Cookies

The Canadian Food Experience Project - The Christmas Edition - Walnut Crescent Cookies In our family, Christmas changes little, year to year. Once the New Year arrives and the decorations are packed away, all Christmases Past roll together into a single, hazy holiday scenario to be...

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Elizabeth Baird and Schnitz Pie

Go to your bookshelf. Pull out your most dog-eared, battered, and beloved cookbooks. Who wrote them? If you're Canadian, chances are at least one of them is by Elizabeth Baird and her intrepid team at the Canadian Living Test Kitchen. How many bear her name?...

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Alice Eats Sunken Dark-Chocolate Cake

Describing this cookbook as unconventional would be misleading. It doesn't contain outrageously challenging recipes or impossible to get ingredients. You won't find odd flavour combinations or dishes that look like storybook animals. If I may mix my fictional elements, Alice Eats is the James Bond martini...

Lime-Glazed Zucchini Bread: A great way to deal with the zucchini onslaught - TheMessyBaker.com
Lime-Glazed Zucchini Bread

I think we had frost last night. I'm not sure. I got home at midnight after a 15-hour day which involved three amazingly inspiring meetings and one stomach-churning moment where I irrevocably shattered the screen on my beloved iPad. I'm proud to say I didn't...

Concord Grape Pie - TheMessyBaker.com
Canadian Food Experience Project – Concord Grape Pie

My Cherished Canadian Recipe Everyone in my immediate family uses the same shortbread recipe. We got it from my mother, who got it from her mother, who got it from a rather odd neighbour. My grandmother wanted the recipe so badly she dutifully wrote out the...

Apricot Pistachio Tart - TheMessyBaker.com
Filling the Knowledge Gap – Apricot Pistachio Tart

Ever feel like you're the last person to learn something? For example, did you know WTF does not stand for "What's the fuss?" Or maybe you were absent for the lesson on narwhals. How else would you know they're real creatures and not some Disney...

Piadinas done in a cast-iron frying pan - TheMessyBaker.com
Dessert Piadinas – Anything Goes

The weather is chilly. Our gas barbecue is out of propane, and the empty tanks are so old they can't be refilled. Under these conditions, you'd think I couldn't share a grilling recipe. But you'd be wrong. In fact, it's the perfect time to showcase...

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Asparagus and Mushroom Tart with Red Wine Cheddar

I know better than to go shopping without a list. I have at least three iPhone apps to help me compile them. Pads of paper cling to the fridge simply so I can jot  down items as I deplete their inventory. Lists prevent wastage, overstocking...

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Homemade Crackers and Baklava Crisps

Altogether now. On the count of three, "Ivy, you're a genius!" Ivy Manning, author of Crackers & Dips: More than 50 Handmade Snacks (Chronicle ©2013), wasn't always receptive to this praise. As a caterer, she found complex dishes like Pheasant Under Glass went virtually unnoticed. But...

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Crispy Chocolate Rice Squares

Swag. It used to mean some sort of garland or window dressing. But times have changed. Ignoring the Urban Dictionary's profanity-laced first definition, I pieced together other entries and conclude it's an overused term meaning one's personal style or attitude. I think it's the new...

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