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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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Chocolate & Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream

Next time I go to the Farmers' Market, stuff wax in my ears and lash me to the shopping cart. Cherries are the Sirens of the fruit world and I can't resist them unaided. Last week, I ventured forth on a mission to buy easy-to-hull strawberries...

Maple-Blueberry Buttermilk Ice Cream -TheMessyBaker.com
Maple-Blueberry Buttermilk Ice Cream

Whoever perfected commercial buttermilk is part genius, part half-wit. On one hand, they found a way to mass produce a low-fat, tasty dairy product that makes loaves tender, muffins moist and scones split into perfection. On the other, they sell it in cartons with two...

Browned Butter Mushroom Ravioli with Sage - TheMessyBaker.com
Browned Butter Mushroom Ravioli with Sage

This ruffled plant is not a flower. It's a King Oyster mushroom. I grew it from a kit I got at the Food Bloggers of Canada Conference back in February. The kits, courtesy of Mushrooms Canada, are intended for kids. It says so right on...

Vegetable Salad featuring English Cucumbers and Greenhouse Vegetables - TheMessyBaker
The Canadian Food Experience: English Cucumbers

Living in Ontario has many advantages. Spring brings maple syrup, fiddleheads, ramps, rhubarb and garlic scapes. Summer provides back-to-back crops of fruits and vegetables starting with seed-studded strawberries and ending with juicy, sweet peaches. Good luck keeping up with all Autumn provides -- apples, beets,...

Strawberry Sour Cream Ice Cream - TheMessyBaker.com
Happy Dominion Day 2013

[caption id="attachment_13739" align="alignnone" width="640"] Cottage Country in Ontario. You can almost hear the call of the loon.[/caption] While the rest of the country celebrates Canada Day on July 1st, we celebrate Dominion Day. By "we" I mean Andrew and me. "Why Dominion Day?" you say. I'm so...

Orange Sherbet - TheMessyBaker.com
Orange Sherbet – An easy homemade summertime treat

Like most kids, when I discovered wordplay I was so thrilled with my new found skill I told jokes and made puns non-stop. On one occasion, I followed my grandmother around her apartment like a duckling, quacking knock-knock jokes at her in a continuous loop. Knock...

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Improv Recipe: Garden Greens Pasta Sauce with Tomatoes

Cooking with seasonal foods can be a bit like getting dragged on stage for an improv act. Even though you've been told the basic premise you don't really know what's coming, you've little time to think, and your success requires saying "Yes!" to what's handed to...

Garlic Scape Soup - TheMessyBaker.com
Garlic Scape Soup

Don't believe everything you read. When researching how to grow garlic, every source I read said garlic from seed was next to impossible or took years to mature. Bulbs were the way to go. So a year ago, out of curiosity,  I left some scapes...

Turkey-Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms -- TheMessyBaker.com
How Mushrooms are Grown

These are Turkey-Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms. I developed this recipe for a joint e-book venture created by Turkey Farmers of Canada and Mushrooms Canada. I'll get to the recipe soon, but first let me show you around a mushroom farm. It's not the dark, dank Man Cave I...

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