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Charmian Christie
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Bake with abandon!
Bake with abandon!

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These are Mutsus, also known as Crispins. They’re firm and semi-tart, and have white flesh. They’re also Ontario’s only truly green apple. I learned this last weekend while I traipsed about the orchard at Nature’s Bounty  on a tour. In the drizzle. On the…

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These Cranberry Orange Muffins are an updated, Thanksgiving-friendly blast from my past.

Growing up, there were always muffins in the kitchen. They were usually buttermilk bran dotted with golden raisins. They needed a smear of butter and a cup of tea, but my dad loved them, so they made appearances again and again. And again. At some point,…

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My Friendsgiving contribution. No-Churn Cranberry Ice Cream + Vitamix Giveaway!

No-churn cranberry ice cream. Try saying that three times fast. Or four. Because that’s how often I’ve made this in the past couple of weeks. I’d have gained weight had it not been for my selfless family and friends who came to my waistline’s rescue by…

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I make Lemon, Fig and Lavender Marmalade and get nosey with Sarah B Hood. Recipes and a quiz. How cool is that?

Last year my garden burst with lavender. This spring, only a few leggy plants survived. Too little snow. Too much thawing. Too  much freezing. Or maybe the plants sensed my neediness and fled. I need lavender this summer, and lots of it. For the…

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Healthy meets snack attack. Nut & Seed Brittle from Nourish. Looking for napkins ...

I feel this is cheating. Healthy nuts, good-for-you seeds, and a whack load of sugar. This nut and seed brittle recipe was vegetarian chef Nettie Cronish’s compromise with her kids. Nettie is all about healthy eating. Kids? Not so much. I used to beg for…

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I’m on CTV today, sharing a recipe for super-easy, ultra-delicious Mini Icebox Cakes. #MessyBaker

If you’re lucky, TV gives you five minutes. Five short minutes to put together a dish under bright lights and a bit of pressure. These Mini Icebox Cakes are perfect for television cooking — and for anyone wanting to put together a Mother’s Day treat.…

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Putting Allison Day’s Whole Bowls to the test with Smoky Corn, Black Bean and Cilantro Jalapeno Pesto.

Don’t judge a book by its cover. Judge it by how long it takes to pry from your friends’ hands. Whole Bowls: Complete Gluten-Free and Vegetarian Meals to Power Your Day by Allison Day (Skyhorse Publishing ©2016)  was passed from guest to guest while I put…

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A gorgeous yet accessible cookbook that manages to inspire both beginning bakers and old pros looking for a new challenge.

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Consider The Messy Baker the Jennifer Lawrence of cookbooks.

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Rarely am I as inspired by a new cookbook – besides being beautiful and irresistibly down to earth, I love how she has divided her recipes…into adjectives like Smudgy, Crumbly, Flaky and Drippy…
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