All Posts By Allison Milam

Allison Milam A Florida native and Brooklyn resident, Allison is a firm believer that there is no more perfect food in the world than a good meatball and no bad mood that some therapeutic grocery shopping can’t fix. Now Associate Editor at FoodNetwork.com, she got her start at Food Network when she spent the summer of 2012 as an intern – and just never left.

Easy, Cheesy Appetizers Your Holiday Guests Will Hover Around

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 1st, 2016

Bacon Ranch Cream Cheese WellingtonSome people like receiving gifts. Others? They’d be quite pleased with one thing and one thing only: cheese — lots and lots of cheese. When family and friends converge at your place this holiday season, these are the cheesy appetizers you should greet them with.

Think of Melissa d’Arabian’s Bacon Ranch Cream Cheese Wellington (pictured above) as a cross between baked Brie en croute and a cream cheese log. After covering a bar of cream cheese in ranch dressing, chopped bacon and green onions, wrap it up in store-bought puff pastry and bake. It’s a flaky, oozing appetizer that’s elegant enough for entertaining, but the bacon and ranch flavors mean kids will love it too.

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Snacks for the Racks: Your Black Friday Survival Plan

by in Holidays, November 23rd, 2016

Fully Loaded Snack BarYou may work up a sweat as you consume as many forkfuls of mashed potatoes as humanly possible on Thursday, but that’s nothing compared to how you’ll feel when the real work begins: Black Friday shopping. Gear up for the relentless sifting and sorting by stocking your purse or pockets with these on-the-go treats. While Tupperware containers of Thanksgiving leftovers won’t keep in your purse or the car, these convenient bites will. And they’re quick to prep after the Thanksgiving madness — and they’ll keep you energized from store to store.

As you hold hangers and boxes in one hand, wield a little sustenance in the other. Filled with dried fruits, oats and sunflower seeds, these Fully Loaded Snack Bars are just the thing to get you through until checkout.

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8 Breads Actually Worth Baking from Scratch for Thanksgiving (and Why)

by in Holidays, November 18th, 2016

Buttermilk Cheddar BiscuitsThere’s nothing like freshly baked bread on Thanksgiving Day — and nothing quite like the look on your guests’ faces when you tell them you baked it yourself. But, on a day that’s already packed with nonstop cooking, it’s a lot to ask to add bread-baking to your list of tasks, especially if you aren’t into the baking-your-own-bread thing year-round. That’s why we came up with a lineup of eight fresh-baked bread recipes that are actually well worth your time on Thanksgiving Day. Each one toes the line between easy and completely OMG-inducing. Here’s why.

1. Buttermilk Cheddar Biscuits

Why They’re Actually Worth Your Time: You better bet this particular Thursday will involve all kinds of mayhem. Luckily, Ina Garten’s flaky, cheesy and top-rated biscuits are easy to prep the night ahead so that all there’s left to do is bake when it’s go time.

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Stovetop vs. Oven-Baked: Battle of the Thanksgiving Side Dishes

by in Holidays, November 17th, 2016

Tyler's Scalloped Potato GratinJust one week from today, every burner on your stovetop will be aflame and your oven will be hot and ready for a day of nonstop roasting and baking. That said, the biggest meal of the year requires a certain amount of strategy for it to get on the table without any swearing (or tears) from the cook: You need to strike a balance between the number of baked dishes and the number of stovetop-cooked dishes.

Each has its advantages. On the one hand, many baked Thanksgiving sides can be prepped ahead, so that all there’s left to do is pop them in the oven on the big day. Plus, sliding them into the oven also lends a golden, crusty top to potatoes, green bean casserole and more. On the other, stovetop sides free up your oven for the main event (namely the turkey), so that you don’t need to play a game of musical chairs in that regard. In advance of the big day, we’re pitting preparations of must-have side dishes against each other so you can pick and choose at will (and cook the day away with a grand plan).

Potatoes

Oven-Baked Spuds: When paper-thin potatoes slices are baked under a blanket of herb-infused cream, they go from raw to intensely tender. And unlike sides with a consistency reminiscent of baby food, Tyler Florence’s top-rated Scalloped Potato Gratin (pictured above) comes with a signature crispy, browned crust.

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6 Carrot Treats That Deserve a Spot in Your Thanksgiving Dessert Spread

by in Recipes, November 10th, 2016

How to Make Carrot CheesecakePumpkin, pecan and apple may get all the love on Thanksgiving, but they aren’t the only flavors that deserve a spot in your holiday dessert spread. Get carrot in on the action, too, with our favorite festive dessert recipes, each reaching plush, tender heights.

If you eat a slice of carrot cake for the promise of frosting alone, go even bigger by replacing your favorite part with a thick layer of creamy cheesecake. This decadent dessert mashup — Carrot Cheesecake — comes with layers of spiced carrot cake, rich cheesecake and a smooth sour cream topping.

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7 Recipes That Will Make Literally Anyone a Brussels Sprouts Believer

by in Recipes, November 3rd, 2016

Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts with Creamy Lemon DipBrussels sprouts have come a long way since their “eat your vegetables or no dessert!” days. In fact, they’ve gone from being seen as pure punishment to completely craveworthy. With leafy layers that become blistered and caramelized after they meet scorching heat, these earthy morsels have won over eaters in restaurants and home kitchens alike. As we work our way into full-fledged fall produce season and start gearing up for Thanksgiving, load your recipe arsenal with Brussels sprout favorites that will make any skeptic a believer.

Most things in life are better wrapped in bacon, and the case is no different (and maybe even truer) when it comes to Brussels sprouts. Rethink the hearty veg’s position in side dish territory and bring it over to appetizer land. These Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts with Creamy Lemon Dip (pictured above) are slathered in a maple syrup glaze, so they leave the oven delectably caramelized — and they don’t even require a toothpick to hold everything in place.

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Last-Minute Halloween Treats That Are Scary-Easy to Make

by in Holidays, October 30th, 2016

Spider BitesIf Halloween snuck up on you (boo!), don’t get tricked out of a Halloween treat. You don’t need to invest in hokey smoke machines or tangled cobwebs to get in the Halloween spirit — we’ve got easy ideas for last-minute Halloween treats that are scary-good, and perfect for a spooky meal or take-to-school snack. A last-minute costume, on the other hand, is a bigger challenge, and one that we’ll leave to you.

All you need to make Sandra Lee’s Spider Bites is three ingredients: semisweet chocolate chips, pretzel sticks and creamy peanut butter.

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When Food Gets in Costume: Edible Takes on Creepy Halloween Things

by in Holidays, October 27th, 2016

How to Make a Sushi BrainYou aren’t the only one who’ll be all dressed up for Halloween on the 31st. No, it turns out the food on your plate will be dressed for the occasion too. As you’re putting the final touches on your costume creation, pick from our fleet of spooky, creepy and Halloween-y food creations that look just like real things.

Anyone with a brain will be celebrating Halloween on Saturday, but not everyone will be doing it with an extra edible brain in tow. Learn how to make an edible sushi brain here, made with an avocado-cream cheese core, rice and a smoked salmon exterior.

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6 Next-Level Ways to Do Up a Batch of Chili

by in Recipes, October 20th, 2016

Game-Day ChiliWith a good chili recipe on your side, you can be the MVP at everything from a tailgating party in a parking lot to a weeknight dinner at home. Warm, comforting and so easy to make, chili as a category is infinitely adaptable — and we’ve got so many different ways you can score big when you cook it. And don’t even get us started on all the things you can do with leftover chili.

Make It Classic, but Better

Save a beer for Geoffrey Zakarian’s no-bean, all-meat Game-Day Chili. It adds another layer of complexity to this loaded blend featuring fire-roasted tomatoes, three pounds of ground meat and a whole lot of fragrant spices.

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Food and Theater Take Center Stage at Broadway Tastes with Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka

by in Events, October 17th, 2016

Neil Patrick Harris and David BurtkaBefore the curtain closed on the ninth-annual New York City Wine & Food Festival, the scene was set for Broadway Tastes at the Metropolitan West, where fans of Broadway and food converged on Sunday morning. It opened with a full house, and hosts Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka set the stage for special performances from the casts of Chicago, Something Rotten! and Beautiful, the Carole King Musical, while all-star chefs served up brunch bites inspired by the most-popular Broadway musicals. These were some of our favorites.

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