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Hungarian Beef & Mushroom Soup by The Messy Baker

Hungarian Beef & Mushroom Soup

The weather has cooled just as I feel squashed against the ceiling of my baking limit. At a time when I can’t face another bag of flour or brick of butter, the overnight temperatures dip to chilly, pull-up-the-blankets digits. I awake to the hum of the furnace, the tip of my nose cold to the touch. The cat has slept […]

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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 get my iPad, which had the script on it. Even […]

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Moroccan Beef & Mushroom Tagine by The Messy Baker

Moroccan Beef & Mushroom Tagine

I’m not one for culinary deception. I have never understood why anyone would slip perfectly good spinach into brownie batter or sneak astringent cauliflower into banana muffins. Not only do the flavours conflict, such subterfuge gives respectable vegetables an inferiority complex. So, let me be perfectly clear. When I agreed to create a recipe for the Blend & Extend challenge, […]

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Italian Turkey Meatballs with Yogurt Sauce

Italian Turkey Meatballs

Language is funny. It has a way of sliding sideways when you’re not looking, slipping under things or going into hiding. A few years ago, I developed a homemade, bite-sized meatball  to wean my husband off the commercial, frozen version he would nuke to the texture of Indian rubber. It took several attempts, tears (his […]

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Herbed rotisserie chicken with basting sauce.

Herbed Rotisserie Chicken

If you follow me on social media, you’ve seen a lot of photos with flowers, herbs, a fluffy orange tabby and the hashtag #OGBChallenge. The garden continues to bloom, the cat perpetually sheds, but the challenge starts today and lasts only a week. Every day this week, four challengers and I will be posting a […]

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Lavender Honey Chicken by TheMessyBaker.com

Easy Lavender Honey Chicken

It is not winter here inside my kitchen. The four inches of crystallized water piled up on the back porch is just an illusion created by the white curtains and the angle of the light. That sound isn’t howling wind. It’s a neighbour’s dog, Or the TV. Or the neighbour’s dog howling at the TV. […]

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Poached Eggs with Yogurt and Smoked Paprika Butter

Poached eggs are misunderstood. Cooked without added fat, some people consider them boring— unless they’re wedged between a thick base of back bacon and a topcoat of hollandaise. Others will say they’re too much work. You have to boil water, find a slotted spoon, set your timer. Oh, the horrors. Scrambled, easy-over, and sunny side […]

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Avocado Tomatillo Sauce - TheMessyBaker.com

Avocado Tomatillo Sauce

It has snowed so much lately my shovel and I are on a first name basis. It sees my boots coming and says, “Hello, Charmian.” I nod, pull my hat down over my ears and grab the chirpy shovel in a choke hold. Together, Shovel and I clear the walkways while Andrew deals with the […]

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Apple Roasted Cornish Hens | Improv Recipe

This improv recipe is a testament to my impulse shopping, poor sense of timing and the power of the common cold. Impulse shopping:  A few months ago, I found fresh Cornish hens at the butcher shop. As I stood at the meat counter waiting to be served, I planned an elaborate weekend meal. I would […]

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