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Dear Visitor, Welcome to The Messy Cooker! Here you’ll find original recipes, crazy concoctions, delicious new ingredients, discussions on the basics, and some really MESSY mistakes. People aren’t perfect, which means that cooking sure as hell isn’t either. That’s why you’ll find real pictures of very real attempts at making various dishes, whether they are…

Simple Shakshuka Recipe (An Egg Lover’s Delight!)

The second I took a bite of Shakshuka (a piping hot, hearty, and maybe even magical egg stew), I was transported back to an ancient time. I began to speak in my native Hebrew tongue and I said unto my neighbors… Stop schvitzing already, I won’t get biblical on you. But I did have this…

*Guest Cooker* Up Your Instant Noodle Game with Indo Mien Style Noodles

[This week’s blog post features the sage advice of The Messy Cooker’s good friend, Annicus, and one fantastic way of making instant noodles] This isn’t college anymore. The time for making Cup Noodles for dinner is over. Today, you’ll learn how to up your instant noodle game by making an Indonesian style stir fry with…

Literally Handmade Eggnog Recipe

Just because they’ve taken down all of the twinkly lights and wheeled the Christmas tree out the door, it doesn’t mean you can’t keep celebrating like it’s the holidays. (But you should throw away your ugly sweater–no one thinks it’s funny anymore). Take eggnog for example. It’s a drink made out of raw eggs, beaten…

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

[Since spaghetti squash is considered a common diet food, this week’s intro is styled as a 1950s weight loss advertisement] Hello there friends, Are you constantly craving Pad Thai but also watching your waistline? Do you want to fill your mouth with spicy watery tasty noodles without hurting your wallet? The answer to all of…

Vodka Kahlua Cupcakes with Spiked Hot Chocolate Frosting

[The Messy Cooker gets personal as she looks back on the past year…and her choir years?] I’m not sure how, but it’s been one year since I started The Messy Cooker. It’s had its highs (becoming a latke!) and its lows (cutting my finger while making gummy worms), yet I’ve enjoyed every single moment of…

Get Figgy With It (Honey and Fig Cocktail Recipe)

[The intro to this blog post is the first in a series of food for thoughts] The clouds thinned, letting through sunbeams of orangesicle and pineapple sherbet. And still, I waited. Darkness marched overhead, commanding the stars to sprinkle throughout the rich and silken sky. And yet, I waited. One wafen moon passed after another….

A Sangria of Ice and Fire

[*Surprise blog post!* This  was created for the Game of Thrones finale, if you didn’t already catch on to that.] Brought to you by the George R.R. Martini Beverage Co. This sangria can be enjoyed by both dead people and alive… If you’re a Lannister, the red wine base will call to you from your…

Alotta Horchata

Blame the refrain. After hearing the opening line of Vampire Weekend’s “Horchata” repeat mercilessly in my head—in December drinking hor-cha-ah-ahh-ta—I simply had to grab hold of a recipe STAT. It just so happens that horchata is a delicious complement to the last spikes of heat left in summer. What sheer dumb luck! If you haven’t…

*Guest Cooker* Pasta La Vista, Baby (homemade pasta recipe)

[This blog post features a casually genius recipe by The Messy Cooker’s friend, John. Also, be on the lookout for TMC’s favorite Italian words sprinkled throughout this post….] Got a hot date? Impress your amore (love) by making pasta with your bare hands.