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.

Our 5 Favorite Videos of the Week: Frozen Treats Galore

by in Recipes, July 21st, 2017


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No amount of high-powered AC can cure us from our warm-weather woes this week. You have to step outside at some point, right? That said, we’re cooling down any way we can — and so are our social feeds — with icy frozen treats that are as creative as they are cooling.

Layered Watermelon Ice Pops (pictured above)

A juicy slice of watermelon is bound to cool you down after one bite, but these layered frozen beauties take it one step further. The rind is made from sweet, pureed avocado, and the seeds are mini chocolate chips!
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Our 5 Favorite Videos of the Week: Red, White and Blue Everything

by in Holidays, July 4th, 2017

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When we’re scrolling down our social feeds, there are a few things that have been know to stop us dead in our tracks. In honor of July 4th, we’re lining up our favorite star-spangled red, white and blue foods. Let’s just say these videos will set off fireworks today.

Red, White and Blue Cheesecake (pictured above)

It’s easier to achieve the marbled look of this patriotic cheesecake than you might think. It just takes red, white and blue cheesecake batters and a wooden skewer for swirling.

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Our 5 Favorite Videos of the Week: Cheese, Cheese and More Cheese

by in Recipes, June 16th, 2017

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When we’re scrolling down our social feeds, there are a few things that have been know to stop us dead in our tracks. This week, it was all about cheese — lots and lots of cheese.

Georgian Cheese Bread (posted above)

If you aren’t yet familiar with this go-to Georgian specialty, this video will make you want to get to know it — stat. Topped with a mix of creamy mozzarella, sharp feta and a just-cracked egg, bubbly and oh-so cheesy Georgian Cheese Bread (aka Adjaruli Khachapuri) takes “crack an egg on it” to a whole new level.

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5 Obligatory Irish Foods You Should Be Eating on St. Patrick’s Day

by in Holidays, March 14th, 2017

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Even if decking yourself in green on St. Patrick’s Day isn’t your thing, odds are you can get down with some traditional Irish foods. These hearty dishes are so good, we don’t wait around for St. Paddy’s Day to dig in — but we’re so glad to have another excuse.

Corned Beef

Tyler Florence treats brisket to a flavor-packed brine, before slow-cooking it in a Dutch oven for hours on end. In the end, he achieves fall-apart Corned Beef and Cabbage you’ll want St. Patrick’s Day or any day.

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5 Foods That Will Love You Unconditionally on Valentine’s Day

by in Holidays, Recipes, February 11th, 2017

Mozzarella Pillows

A great love might give you comfort but, if we’re being really honest, a lifetime of great meals is a close second in our books. Whether you’re on the outs with your would-be Valentine or, perhaps, cheesy casseroles speak your language more than a box of store-bought chocolates ever could, these are the recipes that whisper the language of love to us.

A steadfast partner might always be there to catch your fall, but we’d argue that these plush, prosciutto-filled Mozzarella Pillows will be there to give you a soft landing too.

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The Downright Quickest Ways to Get Your Chocolate Fix

by in Recipes, February 9th, 2017

Chocolate PuddingOur biggest chocolate cravings often come as emergencies — need-it-now moments that just can’t be stopped. Before you tear into another chocolate bar with abandon or resort to the freezer-burnt pint in your stash, know that it’s possible to whip up full-fledged chocolate desserts a lot faster than you might think. These are a few of our favorite quick fixes.

Peeling open a store-bought pudding cup might be your fastest option, but Ree Drummond’s homemade Chocolate Pudding is your best. This rich and creamy dessert just takes 15 minutes to make, and it’s ready to be eaten as soon as it’s done cooking — or after some time in the fridge if you prefer it chilled.

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Why Beer Belongs in Your Food, Not Just Your Glass

by in Recipes, February 3rd, 2017

Can o' Beer CakeIf the word “six-pack” doesn’t conjure an image of chiseled abs, but rather a cardboard carton tailor-made for carrying frosty bottles of ice-cold beer, then you are on the same page as we are. Now, you might call us crazy, but we think that real-deal beer lovers don’t just drink a frothy beer straight from the can. Even if pouring one out for a recipe feels wrong, sacrificing one of your six brings hoppy, bubbly qualities of the brewery-bred beverage into some of your favorite foods.

Beer belongs in cake.

When you stir some beer into cake batter, a little magic happens. Take this Can o’ Beer Cake. Beer’s innately bitter and floral notes cut the sometimes-cloying sweetness of all that sugar and frosting, so you get a more complex, ultra-tender finished product. Once you get a load of this slice, browse the beauty of our five other beautiful beer cakes.

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Proof That Most Things in This Life Are Better in a Casserole Dish

by in Recipes, February 2nd, 2017

Grilled Cheese-and-Tomato Casserole

When you’re not donning finger-warming mittens in the great outdoors, you should be wearing mitts inside — to pull bubbling, piping hot casseroles out from the oven. These one-vessel, feed-a-crowd favorites cozy up the whole family in one fell swoop. And, if you’re asking us, the limits to attaining true casserole bliss are boundless, extending way beyond the tuna casserole, lasagnas and breakfast casseroles we load up on all season long.

Get a load of our favorite unexpected casserole creations.

Grilled Cheese

Slathered in butter, grilled until toasty and oh-so melty in the middle, a classic grilled cheese is a comfort-food win when it’s prepped on the stove, especially with a steamy bowl of tomato soup by its side. But layering all of the components into a cheesy Grilled Cheese-and-Tomato Casserole means you can do it for a crowd — and wow them with this mind-boggling concept.

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Eating on the Cheap Doesn’t Have to Be Sad

by in Recipes, January 14th, 2017

Pot Roast Stir-Fry

Yes, the yearly effort to make you a better “you” might involve making yourself a little thinner, but you don’t want that same goal to apply to your wallet. For many of us, 2017 is the year we’re finally combating our ever-thinning wallets. With a few of our simple tips on your side, you’ll find that it’s actually easier to eat on the cheap (and to eat well) every day of the week.

Stretch your proteins.

Structuring your meals around a big hunk of meat and a little helping of everything else is a custom that’s falling by the wayside. Instead, use our tips to stretch one protein of protein into four satisfying dinner servings by boosting meat with other ingredients and not making it the focus of the meal. Take this Pot Roast Stir-Fry (pictured above), for example, which gets its heft from eggy noodles, veggies and a hearty sauce.

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DIY Chinese Food Favorites for Christmas Day Feasting

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 23rd, 2016

Pepper and Peanut Broccoli Stir-FryFor many American Jews, waking up on Christmas morning doesn’t mean opening presents, though it might with the holiday converging with Hanukkah this year. What it often does involve, however, is an annual Chinese food feast: bowls of sinus-tingling soups, greasy egg rolls, heaping platters of fried rice and pillowy steamed dumplings. If this sounds a lot like your Christmas Day, do something a little different on the second night of Hanukkah and make Chinese favorites at home instead.

In addition to never having to get out of your PJs, another plus side of making this yearly feast at home is that you can make the dishes a little bit healthier too. Food Network Kitchen’s meatless, 15-minute Pepper and Peanut Broccoli Stir-Fry is a better-for-you take on a nutty, spicy vegetable side.

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