All Posts By Allison Milam

The One New Side You’ll Make This Year

by in Holidays, Recipes, November 16th, 2014

Steamed Carrots with Lemon Dill VinaigretteWhen you look around your Thanksgiving table, the usual suspects are likely in sight: the buttery mashed potatoes, tangy cranberry sauce, from-generation-to-generation stuffing. If your family’s go-to menu is going from “traditional” to “monotonous,” perhaps it’s high time to try new seasonal side dishes that will reinvigorate your spread for years to come. Unexpected yet comforting, these newcomers are bound to become family favorites.

Long and vibrant, market-fresh Steamed Carrots with Lemon-Dill Vinaigrette (pictured above) may be simple, but they sure make a statement on the table. Steaming the carrots whole keeps them crunchy, while tossing them in vinaigrette while still warm helps them absorb all of the flavor.

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Rachael’s Ideas for a Low-Key Thanksgiving

by in Food Network Chef, Holidays, November 16th, 2014

Rachael RayAt this year’s New York City Wine & Food Festival, Rachael Ray was all about Thanksgiving  but not the huge blowout meal you might be thinking of. Instead, she took this meal of all meals off its anxiety-inducing pedestal, revealing tricks for a no-sweat day of and day after. Whether it’s nixing the giant bird altogether or going big with leftovers, her tips make it easy to keep your Turkey Day celebrations budget-friendly and meltdown-free. Here are the takeaways, which can be used on the big day itself or any day of the year:

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Trend Watch: Are Sipping Broths the New Juice?

by in News, November 15th, 2014

Chicken BrothHomemade broth is one of those culinary magic tricks, up there with whipping egg whites into fluffy meringue and frizzing sugar into fluffy clouds of cotton candy. Throw some meat and bones and vegetables into a pot, cover with water and witness it transform into its alter ego, a curative, steaming and savory liquid. Flavored with salt and other seasonings, broth — especially the homemade kind — paves the way for some of the most-comforting dishes, as a soup and stew starter, braising liquid and more. It’s typically seen as a means to an end — well, until now.

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5 New Ways to Bake with Carrots — Fall Fest

by in Recipes, November 13th, 2014

Carrot Cake CheesecakeWe’re always down for a good carroty side or munching on a wholesome handful as-is, of course. But when it’s getting dark early and dessert intake is of the utmost importance, we need our carrot recipes to be comfortingly sweet. Typically taken with that familiar swirl of cream cheese frosting and just the right touch of spice, carrot-based baked goods add that veggie-packed punch  but this time, there’s a twist. Start grating those carrots for five new takes on carroty desserts. We have big plans for them.

1. If you believe that the cream cheese frosting is hands-down the best part of carrot cake, go all-out with a Carrot Cheesecake (pictured above). Food Network Kitchen’s comforting mash-up creation stacks a thick layer of cheesecake and a sour cream topping on top of moist, spiced carrot cake. See how to make it here.

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Sifted: Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust, Winter Squash Empanadas + More

by , November 11th, 2014

Brown Butter Apple Pie with Cheddar CrustHot Links We’re Loving:

  • Your classic empanada may come with a spicy meat stuffing, but Food For My Family‘s Winter Squash Empanadas are a different story and loaded with fall flavor. Caramelized shallots, goat cheese and fresh sage ooze from the flaky folds.
  • When we’re in need of some serious comfort food, sometimes a spoon is the only utensil that’ll make the cut. A spoonful of the aptly named Best Cheeseburger Soup by Foodie Crush involves everything you love between the bun, from tender ground beef to gooey cheddar cheese to a hit of hot sauce.
  • When is it too soon to start hoarding all the eggnog? According to Country Cleaver, not soon enough. Instead of glugging it from the carton, creamy and spiced Eggnog No-Bake Cheesecake comes together from scratch.

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Thanksgiving Pie Guides (Or, How to Totally Win the Dessert Course)

by in Holidays, View All Posts, November 8th, 2014

Pumpkin Pie

There is nothing quite like rolling into your Thanksgiving feast with a homemade, fresh-from-the-oven pie. Whether pumpkin or pecan, apple or peanut butter, a good pie ends the biggest meal of the year on a high note that can carry you through till next November. In the spirit of Thanksgiving and all that is sweet, Food Network presents step-by-step how-tos for building the perfect pie, revealing the ins and outs of everything from making the perfect crust to giving your slice a unique, unexpected touch (spoiler alert: fire is involved).

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8 Crowd-Pleasing Brussels Sprouts for Your Thanksgiving Table — Fall Fest

by in Holidays, Recipes, November 6th, 2014

Balsamic-Roasted Brussels SproutsFrom the stuffing to the mashed potatoes, there are certain sides you just can’t do without on Thanksgiving. Now, more than ever, once-unloved Brussels sprouts have eclipsed a lot of other vegetables, working to balance an otherwise heavy meal. As you begin brainstorming the must-haves for your Thanksgiving menu, be sure to work these simple yet to-die-for Brussels sprouts sides into the lineup.

1. Balsamic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts — Ina Garten’s Brussels sprouts (pictured above) are perhaps the most elegant of all, layering the flavor of salty diced pancetta with fruity, tart balsamic vinegar.

2. Roasted Brussels Sprouts  — Food Network Magazine’s back-to-basics recipe may simply involve roasting, but the smart addition of red pepper flakes, white wine vinegar and honey leave every caramelized sprout layered with flavor.

3. Brussels Sprouts Gratin — This cheesy veggie side takes only five ingredients, including a topping of Gruyère cheese that instills a creamy nuttiness in every bite. 

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Sifted: Grilled Cheese Pizza, Baked Apple Cider Donuts + More

by , November 4th, 2014

Grilled Cheese PizzaHot Links We’re Loving:

  • Grilled Cheese Pizza by I Am a Food Blog is a glorious mash-up slice that proves you never have to choose. Cut gooey grilled cheese sandwiches into small squares and sprinkle them over pizza crust with crisp bacon and tomato slices.

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Trick or Treat! Your Guide to Being the Most-Popular House on the Block — Fall Fest

by in Holidays, Recipes, October 30th, 2014

Spooky Chocolate BarkWhat’s the trick to being the go-to trick-or-treating destination on the block? Homemade treats, that’s what. Instead of stocking up on heavy bags of individually wrapped candy this Halloween, answer the doorbell ring with sweet and spooky do-it-yourself treats that will be the talk of the neighborhood. Wrap these homemade candies in plastic sandwich bags or wrap, or get creative — and be sure to save some for your own house.

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Sifted: Dusty Bone-Shaped Cookies, Pumpkin-Quinoa Pie + More

by , October 28th, 2014

Dusty Bones Sugar CookiesHot Links We’re Loving:

  • If you’ve ever encountered puppy chow (the cereal-based snack), you know it’s hard not to scarf it all at once  especially now that I Am Baker gives it a fall spin with Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow.
  • Culinary Bro-Down knows what we really need, presenting us with a cheesy, spicy idea during a week that’s all about the sweet stuff. Come Friday, don’t beat yourself up over all the Halloween candy you’re bound to inhale. Instead, fry up a Chorizo Mac ‘N’ Cheese Quesadilla that answers every one of your guiltiest savory pleasures.

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