Gluten-free

Gluten-Free Baking Tips
Gluten-Free Baking Tips

As I stand at the counter during cooking demos, hands coated in flour and bits of dough on my apron, someone inevitably asks about gluten-free baking. They have a family member, friend, or colleague who can’t/won’t/doesn’t want to eat gluten and they’ve no idea what...

Lemon Curd Eton Mess by The Messy Baker
Lemon Curd Eton Mess

I am tempted to call this dish The Great Easter Meringue Salvage Operation, or The Waste-Not Rainy Day Face Saver. Instead, I’ll stick to phrases you might actually plug into a search engine -- Lemon Curd Eton Mess. The Eton Mess isn't a new or particularly innovative way...

The makings of homemade yolk-only lemon curd by The Messy Baker
Yolk-Only Lemon Curd

I’ll happily orphan an egg white. Want French vanilla ice cream with five, six, even eight yolks? No problem. I’ll just pop the abandoned whites into the freezer and make an angel food cake when the mood strikes. Or maybe some macaroons. But ask me to...

Burnt Caramel Nut Brittle by The Messy Baker.
Burnt Caramel Nut Brittle

I've decided to change the idiom from "watching paint dry" to "waiting for sugar to caramelize". It doesn't roll off the tongue, but it's a fair description of the process. This recipe for Burnt Caramel Nut Brittle calls for deeply caramelized sugar. While it doesn’t...

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Easy Triple Chocolate Bark

How easy is this triple chocolate bark? I made it while putting together a dinner of roasted sweet potatoes, green beans and pan-seared chicken. I melted chocolate as I peeled, diced, and roasted the potatoes. As the beans steamed, I chopped the toppings. In between chicken...

No-Churn Cranberry Ice Cream by The Messy Baker
No-Churn Cranberry Ice Cream + Vitamix Giveaway

No-churn cranberry ice cream. Try saying that three times fast. Or four. Because that’s how often I’ve made this in the past couple of weeks. I’d have gained weight had it not been for my selfless family and friends who came to my waistline’s rescue by grabbing...

Key Ingredients for Lemon, Fig and Lavender Marmalade
Lemon, Fig and Lavender Marmalade with Sarah B Hood

Last year my garden burst with lavender. This spring, only a few leggy plants survived. Too little snow. Too much thawing. Too  much freezing. Or maybe the plants sensed my neediness and fled. I need lavender this summer, and lots of it. For the esthetics,...

Nut & Seed Brittle by The Messy Baker
Nut & Seed Brittle

I feel this is cheating. Healthy nuts, good-for-you seeds, and a whack load of sugar. This nut and seed brittle recipe was vegetarian chef Nettie Cronish’s compromise with her kids. Nettie is all about healthy eating. Kids? Not so much. I used to beg for store bought...

Pan-roasted fennel with pistachios and fennel leaves
Easy Pan-Roasted Fennel

When given the choice between vegetables or dessert, I usually go for dessert. After all, chocolate will cure what ails you. Unless you’re two weeks into a nasty cold that’s claiming squatters rights to your head. I’m at Day 14. During this time, not only have I...

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