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Pan-roasted fennel with pistachios and fennel leaves
Easy Pan-Roasted Fennel

When given the choice between vegetables or dessert, I usually go for dessert. After all, chocolate will cure what ails you. Unless you’re two weeks into a nasty cold that’s claiming squatters rights to your head. I’m at Day 14. During this time, not only have I...

Dill Zucchini Fritters
Dill Zucchini Fritters

Summer is racing for the finish line. Before it gets there, it has some hurdles to clear. One of those hurdles is zucchini. Sure, an individual zucchini isn’t much of a challenge, but what about the bushelful your neighbour left on the back porch ?...

Black Bean, Corn and Barley Salada
Black Bean, Corn & Barley Salad

So, Eric Idle came to dinner and was seated beside me. We were going to entertain the other guests with a ripping rendition of The Dead Parrot skit. Only I was so busy thinking up clever tweets I forgot my lines. So I went upstairs to...

Spicy Grilled Broccolini hot off the grill.
Spicy Grilled Broccolini

Developing recipes for unfamiliar culinary tools is a bit like having coffee with someone you met through an online dating site. You’ve memorized their profile, you’ve Googled them to see what others think, and you’ve figured out how to make them like you. But no matter...

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...

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...

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...

Mushrooms Rockefeller makes a decadent appetizer - TheMessyBaker.com
Mushrooms Rockefeller

I got myself into this and I'm going to get myself out. I did not, repeat not, acquire a one-trick pony of a pan. I could point you to the Indian, Thai, Korean and Japanese variations of the aebleskiver, but really, they're all just spins on batter...

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Nigella’s Green Beans with Pistachio Pesto

To paraphrase from Nigella Lawson's latest book Nigellissima: Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes, this dish is "verdiglorious." Green basil, green beans, and green pistachios all come together in a "riot" of a pesto dish. What it lacks in authenticity, it more than makes up for in colour...

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Cumin Carrots with Cilantro Vinaigrette

Fool me once, shame of you. Fool me twice (a dozen times), shame, shame, double-shame on me. It took years, but I learned my lesson. No Newspaper Recipes. None. Do not clip them for me. I will throw them out. Do not make them for...

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