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Apricot Pistachio Tart - TheMessyBaker.com
Filling the Knowledge Gap – Apricot Pistachio Tart

Ever feel like you're the last person to learn something? For example, did you know WTF does not stand for "What's the fuss?" Or maybe you were absent for the lesson on narwhals. How else would you know they're real creatures and not some Disney...

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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...

Apricot & Honey Jam - TheMessyBaker.com
Apricot and Honey Jam with Lemon Verbena

I'd officially like to apologize to apricots. For years now, I've been the mean team captain who always calls dibs on her friends and chooses the popular kids first, leaving the smaller classmates kicking the grass with their yet-to-be-broken-in sneakers and pretending that being picked...

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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...

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