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Chocolate Mint Ice Cream — A Photo Essay

Ask and you shall receive. A couple of weeks ago, I posted to Instagram a shot of my recently purchased, tiny chocolate mint plant. I asked if I should make ice cream or tea. The resounding answer was ice cream. If you insist. This was a total experiment....

Muffin-Cup Smoked Sugar Ice Cream with Roasted Strawberrie
Smoked Sugar Ice Cream with Roasted Strawberries

Day 5. Recipe 5. I’m out of barbecue tools and the propane’s running low. What I’m not short on is enthusiasm for my new grill. Every day this week I’ve been serving up dishes designed for flame and test driving grill gadgets sent to me courtesy...

Deep Dark Cherry Chipotle Brownies by The Messy Baker
Deep Dark Cherry Chipotle Brownies

Mother’s Day 2014 [caption id="attachment_16426" align="alignnone" width="800"] Photo courtesy the amazingly talented Ryan Szulc.[/caption] When I think of chocolate it’s hard not to think of my mother. She made boozy chocolate torte so full of liqueur and whipped cream it was one generous jigger away from dissolving...

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Maple Syrup — A Regional Food

Two years ago, almost to the day, I went maple syruping at a friend's farm. (Click the link! Go on. Not only will you learn how it's done, there's a photo of a really handsome dog.) The sky was overcast but the air was damp. And...

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Crostoli or Frappe du Carnaval

It's Shrove Tuesday and everyone's flipping pancakes and frying fritters. Me? I'm trying my hand at crostoli — a crispy, fried dough so light it's almost like you're not eating. Variations appear throughout Europe with different names and different shapes, but the distinctive blistered dough...

Blood Orange Cherry Muffins by The Messy Baker.
Blood Orange and Cherry Muffins

Be careful what you wish for. Earlier I begged for sunshine, and lots of it, as I gobbled blood oranges as fast as I could peel them.  I should have specified "with warm temperatures." Mother Nature granted my request— in letter, not spirit. For the...

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies by TheMessyBaker.com
My Favourite Oatmeal Cookies

I dread the old-lady grey days of winter. With no horizon to steady my gaze, the relentless expanse of white makes me anxious. I drift in time as unpredictable storms ignore the calendar and scoff at the groundhog. As the colourless land and sky merge...

Portuguese Custard Tarts by TheMessyBaker.com
Portuguese Custard Tarts

This photo wasn't staged. It's a real glimpse of my chaotic kitchen table, captured via my smartphone. The spoons are washed but remain uncleared from the Herb & Spice post. The dishes at the lower right are set out for lunch, and in the midst of...

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Beer Batter Orange Crepes

This post will come as a surprise to those who know me. I'm not a beer drinker. Yet here I am creating a recipe using ale. Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA to be precise. Why? Because I was asked. And they specifically wanted a dessert,...

Burnt Caramel Pudding — TheMessyBaker.com
Burnt Caramel Pudding

This post isn't what I intended. I had planned on doing a round-up of my favourite cold-weather soup recipes. Healthy, economical, waste-free, toe-warming soup. But after poking about the Internet for a minute or two, I realized everyone had the same idea. So instead, I'm sharing...

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