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Moroccan Beef & Mushroom Tagine by The Messy Baker
Moroccan Beef & Mushroom Tagine

I’m not one for culinary deception. I have never understood why anyone would slip perfectly good spinach into brownie batter or sneak astringent cauliflower into banana muffins. Not only do the flavours conflict, such subterfuge gives respectable vegetables an inferiority complex. So, let me be perfectly clear. When I...

Italian Turkey Meatballs with Yogurt Sauce
Italian Turkey Meatballs

Language is funny. It has a way of sliding sideways when you’re not looking, slipping under things or going into hiding. A few years ago, I developed a homemade, bite-sized meatball  to wean my husband off the commercial, frozen version he would nuke to the...

Herbed rotisserie chicken with basting sauce.
Herbed Rotisserie Chicken

If you follow me on social media, you’ve seen a lot of photos with flowers, herbs, a fluffy orange tabby and the hashtag #OGBChallenge. The garden continues to bloom, the cat perpetually sheds, but the challenge starts today and lasts only a week. Every day...

Captain Improv’s Easy Lemon Chicken
Captain Improv’s Creamy Lemon Chicken

First there was Lex Luther, The Joker and Mr X. Then came Dr. Horrible and his malevolent idol Bad Horse, The Thoroughbred of Sin. I’m fortunate to have never come across such terrifying evil doers. Some say I remain unscathed because I live a quiet...

Ingredients for Braised Beef with Orange and Tarragon
Braised Beef With Orange And Tarragon

These are some of the ingredients that go into what my husband calls “That Orange Beef Stew Thing You Make.” I call it Braised Beef with Orange and Tarragon but who am I to quibble? He likes it. I like it. Our guests like it....

Lavender Honey Chicken by TheMessyBaker.com
Easy Lavender Honey Chicken

It is not winter here inside my kitchen. The four inches of crystallized water piled up on the back porch is just an illusion created by the white curtains and the angle of the light. That sound isn't howling wind. It's a neighbour's dog, Or...

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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...

Cheddar with Avocado, Lime and Shell Pasta
Mac and Cheese Makeover | Cheddar, Avocado, Lime & Shell Pasta

Some cookbooks have a way of breathing life into everyday ingredients. Some produce delicious dishes you will turn to again and again. Others peek into foreign worlds — celebrity kitchens, orchard tours, or chef-approved culinary techniques. Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese by Stephanie...

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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...

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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