All Posts By Allison Milam

Classic vs. Creative: Your Pick of Top Chicken Comfort Foods — Comfort Food Feast

by in Recipes, March 5th, 2015

Chicken Pot PieYou may think of plastic-wrapped trays of chicken breasts as the most-boring item in your supermarket’s refrigerated section, but perhaps that view is on the stunted side. This week we’re running down the line of our favorite chicken comfort foods, pitting classic recipes against new creative takes. With fresh spins on chicken pot pie, chicken piccata and more, it’s safe to say that good ol’ chicken breast has a whole lot more to offer than you might think.

1. Chicken Pot Pie
Classic Comfort: Odds are, you’ve plunged a spoon into a dough-topped chicken pot pie to scoop up the decadent, creamy chicken-and-veggie filling. Ina Garten’s Chicken Pot Pie (pictured above) is the most-classic recipe of them all, complete with a from-scratch pastry dough topping that comes out of the oven golden.

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Bake Hamentaschen for Purim (Even If You’re Not Jewish)

by in Holidays, Recipes, March 4th, 2015

HamentaschenIf a Jew has ever been jealous of a Christmas tree or an Easter egg hunt, think of Purim as the time the tables are turned. It’s the holiday that hinges on fun — and lots of it. Treated as the Jewish equivalent of Halloween, when you pull on a costume and take part in all kinds of, ahem, “revelry,” Purim marks a celebration of the Jews rising above the villainous ruler Haman during biblical times. Beyond all the partying, ringing in this holiday also calls for the baking of Hamentaschen: triangular pastries filled with traditional poppy seeds or jam. The name harks back to Haman himself, and each doughy pastry signifies the corners of his hat (or, depending on whom you talk to, his ears or his pockets).

Whether you’re Jewish or not, fold up your own filled cookies in honor of this joyous holiday, and remember that the custom of gifting food (mishloach manot) is a big one on Purim, so bake enough for fellow revelers — or co-workers, teachers and friends.

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5 Reasons Trisha’s Southern Comfort Potluck Menu Is the One to Make

by in Food Network Chef, Recipes, February 28th, 2015

Trisha's Southern Comfort PotluckYou don’t need to speak with a delightful drawl or live in a house with a wraparound porch to tuck into some serious Southern comfort. In fact, Trisha Yearwood’s Southern Comfort Potluck menu should be next up on your roster no matter where you call home. Complete with a few unexpected twists, these down-home favorites are notable for their convenience — and then some. Let us list the ways!

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6 Gooey Grilled Cheeses You Can’t Live Without — Comfort Food Feast

by in Recipes, February 26th, 2015

Roasted Poblano and Mushroom Grilled CheeseThough the staple of your youth may have been nothing more than American cheese on butter-smeared white bread, modern takes on grilled cheese consider that assembly just a starting point. Next time you get a hankering for the buttery, griddled goodness of an oozing grilled cheese sandwich, stack a few creative ingredients that can elevate the childhood classic to a satisfying, comforting main.

Get this: When you sandwich smoky roasted poblano peppers and creamy Monterey Jack cheese between two slices of bread, you’ll get a flavor reminiscent of classic chiles rellenos. Bring two cultural classics together for a Roasted Poblano and Mushroom Grilled Cheese, and don’t forget to brush the bread with a little chipotle in adobo for added heat.

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Feed Your Whole Crew with Ree’s Chili-Night Menu

by in Recipes, February 20th, 2015

Ree's Chili CookoffFeeding a crowd doesn’t need to be a prim and proper affair involving napkin rings and fancy flatware. In fact, easy entertaining is the name of the game, and Ree’s easy chili night menu doles out casual cold-weather comfort for a crowd. Complete with easy sides, a meaty queso and a skillet cookie sundae, this is the chili-night spread you should be tucking into with your crew.

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5 Back-Pocket Pastas That Always Have Your Back — Comfort Food Feast

by in Recipes, February 19th, 2015

Pantry PastaListen, sometimes the last thing that is going to happen is a run to the supermarket. And whether the temp is hovering over the single digits or you just can’t bring yourself to mobilize for another trip to the store, that shouldn’t prevent you from whipping up a solid meal. Next time a supermarket run just isn’t in the cards, look to pantry staples like dried pasta, canned tomatoes and more for a killer meal that’s ready on the fly. Here are five back-pocket pasta recipes that absolutely always have your back.

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5 Unexpected Things You Didn’t Know You Could Make in Your Slow Cooker

by in Recipes, February 16th, 2015

Slow-Cooker Overnight OatmealYou know all about the perks of setting it and forgetting it, but are you aware of your slow cooker’s secret powers? Beyond the game-changing greatness of slow-cooked meaty chilis, beef stews and more, this most trusty appliance has a few hidden tricks up its sleeve. In addition to its ability to cook dinner while you’re away at work, check out a few surprising things you can make using the slow cooker’s gentle heat.

Instead of standing over the stove or turning to the microwave for your early morning oatmeal fix, go for Alton Brown’s Overnight Oatmeal (pictured above). Before you turn in for the night, combine steel cut oats, dried cranberries, dried figs and some liquid in the slow cooker and, come morning, you’ll have a bowl of perfectly cooked oatmeal waiting for you.

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Melt Hearts with Handmade Chocolate Sweets — Comfort Food Feast

by in Holidays, Recipes, February 12th, 2015

Chocolate-Covered StrawberriesWhether you’ve got yourself a sweetie or you’re going for a more “all my single ladies” approach, these chocolatey sweets are just what St. Valentine called for. Instead of swinging by the drugstore for a sorry box of chocolates, give your valentine handmade chocolate treats that are a sure-fire way to melt hearts.

It may be the go-to move, but there is something to be said for biting into plump, juicy Chocolate-Covered Strawberries (pictured above). Not only are these fruity treats romantic through and through, they’re also completely effortless to make. Plus, rolling each melted chocolate-dipped strawberry in crushed pretzel sticks or almonds makes for a crunchy complement that proves that opposites attract.

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5 Comforting Casseroles That Are More Vital Than a Winter Coat

by in Recipes, February 5th, 2015

Broccoli and Orzo CasseroleIf you think winter thus far has been especially punishing and demoralizing, just know that all hope has not been lost. Even though the infamous groundhog left us in disappointment in our moment of need (6 more weeks of winter?!), there is still reason to keep trudging through the snow and slush with your chin up. In fact, if there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that these times of meteorological despair require more than a quality winter coat to get you through; they call for a casserole leaving the oven in warm, stick-to-your-ribs splendor. If you’re searching for a beacon of hope in this frosty weather, these comforting casserole recipes are it.

Just like snow goes hand in hand with snow boots, broccoli and cheese are connected on a very real level. Combine the two for an ultra-comforting Broccoli and Orzo Casserole. Food Network Kitchen opts for mild, creamy Havarti cheese for its stellar melting tendencies and tops the finished product with buttery panko breadcrumbs for a crunchy finish.

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A Short Stack of Perfect Pancake Recipes — Comfort Food Feast

by in Recipes, February 5th, 2015

Pancake Breakfast CasseroleA staple everywhere from diners and bed and breakfasts to your breakfast table, pancakes are a morning win every time you flip them. They’re killer in their purest form, simply smeared with butter and smothered in maple syrup, but there’s something to be said for adding a little more dimension to the average flapjack. Highlighting all kinds of add-ins, this roster of pancake recipes is sure to make you flip.

You’ve savored your fair share of pancakes, but there’s a new griddled beauty in town: the Pancake Breakfast Casserole (pictured above). By baking pancakes in a rich, creamy custard and topping them with bursting blueberries, your pancake intake can embody a whole new level of comfort. Plus, even if you’re a pancake-producing maven, ready-made frozen pancakes can be swapped in for an easy timesaver.

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