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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...

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,...

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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...

Honeysuckle Sorbet - TheMessyBaker.com
Honeysuckle Sorbet

Right outside my kitchen porch, a graceless post stands cemented in the ground. Its thick, square bulk is so awkward it can't be passed off as rustic. Ferns and periwinkle hide its base while a honeysuckle vine attempts to disguise the rest of its towering...

Hazelnut Gelato - TheMessyBaker.com
Hazelnut Gelato for Father’s Day

I have my Father's nose. I also inherited his high cheekbones and strong immune system. However, his natural math abilities and infinite patience must have skipped a generation. My father can add up a column of figures in his head before I can punch the numbers...

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Pick-Your-Own Strawberries – My First Canadian Food Memory

[box type="info" style="rounded" border="full"] At the Food Bloggers of Canada conference in February 2013, Dana McCauley issued a call to action. In a follow-up post, she wrote, "If you celebrate what you find in front of you on the kitchen counter, you’ll be helping to define Canadian cuisine...

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Asparagus and Mushroom Tart with Red Wine Cheddar

I know better than to go shopping without a list. I have at least three iPhone apps to help me compile them. Pads of paper cling to the fridge simply so I can jot  down items as I deplete their inventory. Lists prevent wastage, overstocking...

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