The Messy Baker

I'm a food writer, recipe developer and soon-to-be author of The Messy Baker due out via HarperCollins and Rodale in August 2014. 

5 Things I Never Thought I’d Have in My Pantry

Although mounds of ...more

Captain Improv’s Creamy Lemon Chicken

First there was Lex Luther, The Joker and Mr X. Then came Dr. Horrible and his malevolent idol Bad Horse, The Thoroughbred of Sin ....more

Braised Beef With Orange And Tarragon

These are some of the ingredients that go into what my husband calls “That Orange Beef Stew Thing You Make.” I call it Braised Beef with Orange and Tarragon but who am I to quibble? He likes it. I like it ....more

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 ....more

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 ....more

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. ...more

Blood Oranges

I’m full of hope. And citrus. The grocery stores are bursting with mandarines, limes, lemons and even pomelos ....more

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 ....more

Make the Most Flavorful Chicken Stock

Not everyone read the comments section, so I thought I’d start a separate post to share the conversation I’ve been having with Barbara about chicken stock. Barbara has moved to a small apartment and is re-learning to make stock without $7 stewing hens and a large stockpot. So far, she’s managed to create a very...more

Chocolate Coconut Paleo Crack

These are for my sister. She doesn’t know it yet, but they’ll arrive at her door later today in a box with some pathetic attempt at a heart drawn on the lid. She’s in the middle of the Kitchen Reno from Hell and needs some cheering up ....more