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Avocado Tomatillo Sauce - TheMessyBaker.com
Avocado Tomatillo Sauce

It has snowed so much lately my shovel and I are on a first name basis. It sees my boots coming and says, "Hello, Charmian." I nod, pull my hat down over my ears and grab the chirpy shovel in a choke hold. Together, Shovel...

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Apple Roasted Cornish Hens | Improv Recipe

This improv recipe is a testament to my impulse shopping, poor sense of timing and the power of the common cold. Impulse shopping:  A few months ago, I found fresh Cornish hens at the butcher shop. As I stood at the meat counter waiting to be...

Navy Bean Soup make in a slow cooker by The Messy Baker.
Smoky Navy Bean Soup

In my early teens, I had a brief but passionate flirtation with tinned Bean with Bacon soup. My mom, like a sensible parent, didn't try to talk me out of my crush. She figured I'd eventually come to my senses, and let me ride things...

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Burma: Rivers of Flavour – An interview with Naomi Duguid

Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing Naomi Duguid about her award-winning book Burma: Rivers of Flavor (Random House ©2012). In April, the book won the IACP award for Culinary Travel, and just last week was awarded Gold by Taste Canada —The Food Writing Awards...

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Tomatillo Chicken – An Unexpected Canadian Harvest

When I was a child, my mother had a vegetable garden in the side yard. She grew runner beans and radishes, beets and Swiss chard. I remember neat rows of fancy-topped chives whose pungent smell drove me away, and giant bunches of rhubarb that whispered...

Currant Sour Cherry Jam infused with a bay leaf - TheMessyBaker.com
Bay-Infused Currant Sour Cherry Jam with Almond

I was very young and very fussy. No. Not so much fussy as "discerning." I ate a wide range of food with great pleasure. However, when I disliked something, I was inflexible. More than once I sat alone at the dinner table with an uneaten plate...

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Cooked Jam with Frozen Fruit | Raspberry Currant Jam

Cherries, currants and raspberries arrive at such an inconvenient time. It's hot. It's often humid. And our old stone house holds the summer heat like a wood-fired brick oven. Once the warm weather has worked its way into the walls, I'm hesitant to fry a...

Dried peaches made in a food dehydrator - TheMessyBaker.com
8 Reasons to buy a Food Dehydrator

My bedroom closet houses clothes, shoes, a cat-clawed housecoat, my knitting needle collection and a food dehydrator. Too wide for our narrow pantry, this unit spends most of the year in a corner of my closet looking like an abandoned R2-D2 action figure on Boxing...

Apricot & Honey Jam - TheMessyBaker.com
Round-Up: Jam, Jellies and Marmalade Recipes

As the late-summer harvest reaches its peak, I've been covering the basics of homemade jams and jellies. Making delicious, well-set preserves isn't alchemy but you do need to have a few basic pieces of equipment and understand what's required to make jams safe. Below is...

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