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Up to the Challenge Black Bean Salsa

Frankly, I don't know how Mom did it. She kept track of all her children's likes and dislikes, right down to the details of whether we ate our carrots cooked or raw, wanted our toast cut in triangles or sliced into strips, or preferred our...

Simple Scottish Red Lentil Soup — The Messy Baker.com
Simple Scottish Red Lentil Soup

Mike Meyers once suggested all Scottish cuisine was based on a dare. I can see his point when faced with haggis, congealed oatmeal porridge or rock hard oat cakes. But I'd walk a highland mile for good shortbread, a smooth single malt or piping hot...

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Pushing the Organic Envelope

Organic is a real buzz word these days. I've seen organic choco-bears cereal, organic peanut butter cup cookies and admit to indulging in embarrassing amounts of organic chocolate, myself. While all food is technically organic because it contains carbon, people assume if it's bears...

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Love It or Leave It Smoked Oyster Dip

With New Years parties just around the corner, I thought I'd provide a recipe that's easy and starts to fulfill my offer to create recipes around your favourite food combinations. Susan Kirk, who claims to be queen of bizarre food pairings, suggested oysters and mascarpone...

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Just Right Lemon Bars

In the past, I've confessed to losing recipes. While I've been good about entering "keepers" into my database, when it comes to lemon bars I've got a whole new problem. Oh, I can find the recipe all right. In fact, I can find six variations....

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Sparks are flying

Winter in Canada brings many wonders. Fresh fallen snow that sparkles like diamond dust. Frosty air that turns your breath into dancing white swirls. And tiny blue sparks of static electricity that sting like an invisible bully's snapped you with a miniature rubber band. No...

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My apologies and a soup recipe

If, when you click on this post, you wonder, "What on earth is that smell?" it's me. Almost 24 hours since our Greek meal on The Danforth and I'm still reeking of garlic. No wonder the kittens are keeping their distance. I smell so strongly, I...

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Baked, not fried

I thought I knew all the deep fried options available. Our local Scottish-themed pub serves deep fried Mars bars, the 2006 State Fair of Texas drew crowds and headlines for serving deep-fried Coca-Cola, and Indiana upped the ante the following year with deep-fried, chocolate-dipped strawberries....

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The $25,000 dessert

Think Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee at your local romantic restaurant is overpriced at $12.50? Try dishing out $25,000 for a frozen chocolate mousse. No, that's not a typo. Coming in just above the price of a fully loaded Prius is the Frrrozen Haute Chocolate. And...

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You shouldn’t have. No really…

If you're like me you have dozens of little jars hiding in the pantry cupboard. They arrive in lovely gift bags around the holiday season and simply stockpile. While they sound too good to eat - Grand Marnier marmalade, raspberry merlot jelly, ginger and cognac...

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