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Chocolate or Vanilla

I’m often asked which I like best, chocolate or vanilla. To me it’s not an either or option. I love them both and to prove it,  I’m on air at two stations today talking chocolate at one and vanilla at the other. Thanks to pre-taping you can catch me at Inside Guelph throughout the day. […]

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Piglet Muffins by The Messy Baker®

Piglet Muffins – Virtual Shower for Jan

Family Day is the perfect date to throw a baby shower. Mardi of eat. live. travel. write organized a virtual shower for Jan of Family Bites to coincide with this national holiday, so everyone could attend. The internet renders the vast stretches of geography irrelevant, and ensures no snow boots or hats are required during this record-breaking cold. Good. I’ve had enough of wet […]

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The Messy Baker by Charmian Christie

The Messy Baker e-Book Sale

It’s February. It’s dull. It’s cold. Just how are you going to cope? With a platter of Smokey Mushroom Crepes? A Deep Dark Cherry Chipotle Brownie the size of your palm? Or maybe a stack of old-fashioned Chewy Ginger Cookies? How about ALL of my recipes? For $1.99 US. Starting today and for one-week only, the […]

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Pull-Apart Bread by The Messy Baker

Citrus Pull-Apart Bread

Having stomped the snow from my boots, I place them on the rack and step my stockinged foot squarely into a freshly formed puddle of melting ice. Welcome to winter in Canada. I might get my citizenship revoked for saying this, but hockey does not make Canadian winters bearable (especially if you’re a Leafs fan). […]

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Root Vegetable Chips

I’m on CTV News at Noon today helping Nancy Richards make homemade root vegetable chips. On the mess scale they’re more work than stovetop popcorn but less bother than pie. And that’s with making your own tzatziki for dipping. Last night I was making chips for the demo and jotted down some notes that didn’t make it into […]

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2015 Culinary Bucket List

2015 Culinary Bucket List

For the past few years, I’ve posted a Culinary Bucket List. This is simply a list of recipes I’d like to tackle in the upcoming year. Whether it’s an exercise in frustration or inspiration depends on your outlook. I rarely make all the items on the list. Some years I don’t make even half. But […]

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Last-Minute Sugarplums

I always assumed sugarplums were plum-shaped candies made of marzipan and dusted in sugar. When I asked friends and family for their theories, guesses ranged from holiday jellies to booze-soaked prunes. We had never seen, let alone tasted one. To us, these Christmas confections existed only in Clement Clarke Moore’s poem A Visit From St. Nicholas and Tchiakovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.  Then […]

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