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Charmian Christie
Works at The Messy Baker.com
Attended University of Guelph
Lives in Ontario, Canada
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In June, Amy Bronee came to town for a book signing at The Bookshelf . If her name is familiar, she’s the author of The Canning Kitchen and writes the Family Feedbag blog. While I had only to stroll a few blocks from my home, several food bloggers drove…
Oranges and deeply coloured blueberries make for a fun and fruity marmalade that’s as delicious as it is beautiful. Spread on homemade blueberry muffins or hot raisin toast for breakfast or a snack. This one makes a lovely gift, but you’ll want to tuck away a few jars just for yourself.
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Mother’s Day is this coming weekend. The daffodils are blooming, the trees are in bud, yet the stress level is rising. What can you do to make Mother’s Day special without breaking the bank or destroying your self-esteem? Crepes. If I had a cape, I’d don…
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Celebrating Family Day with a virtual baby shower for Jan. I’m taking my Piglet Muffins. #BabyFamilyBites

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…
When I was a kid I was crazy for all things Winnie the Pooh. When lunchtime got fussy, my ever-so wise mom served up Piglets. These were just open-faced grilled cheese sandwiches with a slice of cut-up bacon on top. Telling me “This is what Piglet eats for lunch,” put and end to all the fussing. Wanting to do something Piglet-y for the book. I kept the basic flavors but gave them an adult twist via a savory muffin studded with smoked cheddar and ...
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I’m making brownies on @CTVKitchener today. Here are my tips for buying dark chocolate for baking

I’m on CTV News at Noon today, making Deep Dark Cherry & Chipotle Brownies and hopefully not too big a mess. This recipe graces the cover of my book and is a hit with people who love a bit of heat with their chocolate. That said, it also raises a lot of…
Buying the best dark chocolate for baking isn’t hard. This article gives you tips on what to look for, what to avoid and where to buy the best products.
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I’m on @CTVKitcher at noon cooking up healthy 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…
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Sugarplums don’t dance in my head. They dance in my mouth! They’re an easy-to-make, no-bake treat.

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…
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Summer is racing for the finish line. Before it gets there, it has some hurdles to clear. One of those hurdles is zucchini. Sure, an individual zucchini isn’t much of a challenge, but what about the bushelful your neighbour left on the back porch ?…
One year I planted too many zucchinis. They arrived, non-stop all summer. We puréed them into soup. Grated them into breads and muffins. We diced, we sliced, we even julienne fried. These fritters are one of the recipes I developed in self-defence and they turned out to be one of my favourite summer recipes. Zucchini might be pushy in the garden, but it’s gracious when introduced to fresh herbs and feta. It also looks rather natty with a tzatziki...
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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…
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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?…
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Warm, sunny Citrus Pull-Apart Bread makes winter bearable and the kitchen smell like summer.

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…
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Raising funds and hope. SPCA National Cupcake Day 2015 is approaching. Bake. Eat. Donate. Do it for the kittens.

If you’ve seen my Instagram feed you know I’m a bit obsessed with food and felines. Although I own two tabbies, anything with fur, four legs and a tail has my attention. Feathers work well too, but for obvious reasons, I settle for feeders outside my…
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In lieu of new year resolutions, here’s my 2015 Culinary Bucket List. What dishes do you want to tackle in 2015?

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.…
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Occupation
The Messy Baker
Skills
Writing, cooking, baking, gardening, procrastinating.
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  • The Messy Baker.com
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  • Taste Canada
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Currently
Ontario, Canada
Previously
London, Ontario - London, England - Wollongong, Australia - Guelph, Ontario - Dublin, Ireland
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Tagline
Bake with abandon!
Introduction
I’m the author of The Messy Baker: More than 75 Delicious Recipes from a Real Kitchen (Rodale 2014).  You can find upcoming events, tips, recipes and stories on my website, TheMessyBaker.com. I also authored 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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Gender
Female
Relationship
Married