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Avoiding Food Waste - Roasted Cauliflower gets a face lift
Tackling Food Waste

This month’s Canadian Food Experience Project focuses on resolutions. I could have used my culinary bucket list as my contribution, but I don’t do proper resolutions and felt this was a bit of a cheat.  Then I rethought things. I’ve been wearing blinkers. The word “resolution” has...

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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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...

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...

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...

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Roasted Golden Beet Salad with Tarragon Dressing

Gold is the new red. At least for me when it comes to beets. In the past I have been more than a little vocal about my dislike of your garden variety red beets. I want to like them. Really. They have a gorgeous ruby...

Mushroom Stuffed with Plums and Hazelnuts — TheMessyBaker
Stuffed Mushrooms with Plums and Hazelnuts

Perhaps it's the difference between European and North American sizes. Maybe our crops are bigger and our platters smaller. If shown the same mushroom, would French and Canadian eaters argue over whether it was small, medium or large? I don't know. But I do know...

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Hazelnut-Stuffed Baked Peaches with Mascarpone Cream

Gravity. It makes things fall. It's why sauces drip and eggs crash to the floor when dropped. It's why coffee pours out of the carafe and into the mug -- not onto the ceiling. It's why the milk bottle stays on the shelf after you...

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