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Charmian Christie
Works at The Messy Baker.com
Attended University of Guelph
Lives in Ontario, Canada
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Confession Time: 5 Things I Never Thought I’d Have in My Pantry

Although mounds of  icy snow still lurk in the shadowy parts of my front yard, I choose to believe spring has finally arrived. I see crocus bulbs forcing their way through the compact soil in my neighbours’ gardens, and while nothing green has appeared…
Even though I cook from scratch, some of my pantry items might surprise you. Instant coffee, corn syrup and shortening might seem out of place. Find out why I keep them.
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Love this post Charmian.  Gave me a chuckle but some great tips in there too!
 
A Technicolor Dreamcoat of flavours go into this beef braise. And some wine. http://themessybaker.com/2014/03/12/braised-beef-orange-tarragon/
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Thanks for throwing yourself on that sword,+Kristy Gardner! Good to know you have my back :-) 
 
I was lucky enough to go maple sugaring. Here are shots from my excursion and a recipe that uses just enough maple syrup to make it flavourful but not so much it hurts your teeth or your wallet. 
http://themessybaker.com/2014/03/09/maple-nut-bars/
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Wow.  Fun.  We just had little kids at ours - a local forest preservey type place.  +Charmian Christie .

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On the menu tonight: Chocolate Lava Cakes. Too easy. Something's bound to happen. 
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Sweet blood oranges and tart dried cherries combine in a sunny muffin that will drive away the winter blues. 
http://themessybaker.com/2014/03/01/blood-orange-cherry-muffins/
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It’s another exciting Friday night. My husband is marking exams and essays. I’m changing all my passwords. Wine, here I come!
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I laugh in Murphy’s face. Captain Improv to the rescue with Creamy Lemon Chicken. 

http://themessybaker.com/2014/04/05/captain-improvs-creamy-lemon-chicken/
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I'm going. Are you? 
 
Don't forget! #FBC2014 tickets go on sale today and if you missed it, we announced our Keynote speaker yesterday along with two new sponsors! http://www.foodbloggersofcanada.com/2014/03/fbc2014-keynote-and-sponsor-announcement/
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Hey +Stephanie Stiavetti . Thought this might interest/enrage you. "Facebook is creating scarcity ... Where there is scarcity, there is profit."
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I won't pay up now. Might have paid a monthly flat fee a whole ago. But given the number of fake profiles, useless likes and click farms, it's not worth it. That said I have only a tiny following since rebranding.  
 
Forget pancakes. I'm celebrating Mardi Gras with light, crispy fried Venetian Crostoli (aka Frappe du Carnaval).

http://themessybaker.com/2014/03/04/crostoli-frappe-du-carnaval/
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The Messy Baker
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Writing, cooking, baking, gardening, procrastinating.
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  • The Messy Baker.com
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  • Taste Canada
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Ontario, Canada
Previously
London, Ontario - London, England - Wollongong, Australia - Guelph, Ontario - Dublin, Ireland
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Putting the fun back in delicious.
Introduction
I write about food, gardening and keeping on top of cat hair at TheMessyBaker.com. I'm also the author of a smartphone / tablet app, Kitchen Disasters & Fixes. Got a cooking problem? The answer is always within reach.  
Bragging rights
App creator, cookbook author, recipe developer, ice cream addict. Have yet to conquer clutter but it's only a matter of time.
Education
  • University of Guelph
    English Literature, 1982 - 1987
  • University of Western Ontario
    Bachelor of Education, 1990 - 1991
  • University of Wollongong
    Masters of Journalism, 2000 - 2001
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