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.

It’s Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Christmas on These Food Blogs

by in Community, Holidays, December 22nd, 2016

Wreath Cookies

If you’re anything like us, you’ve spent most of December with your eyes glazing over, dragging item after item to your virtual shopping cart and crossing your fingers that all the gifts would arrive in time. That said, you can’t blame us for taking a break here and there to ogle some of the cutest holiday treats in the blogosphere — no shipping fee required.

Some people have holiday wreaths nailed to their doors, but Alana Jones-Mann set out to spread festive cheer in the baking department. Her adorable, green-as-can-be Wreath Cookies (pictured above) are all about leafy texture, and packing them up in little boxes makes for a cute, edible gift.

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The Quickest, Easiest Sides for Your Holiday Table

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 15th, 2016

Individual Potato GratinsThat gift list won’t shop itself, and as for trimming the tree and decking the halls before everyone arrives, let’s just say your hands are full well until New Year’s Day. When it comes to holiday menu prep, think of your side dishes as one super-easy way to cut down on effort this holiday season. These quick and easy holiday side dishes won’t take too much attention away from all the work you must do in the gift-wrapping, roast-monitoring and guest-hugging departments — and they’ll be just as delicious.

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No-Bake Chocolate Cookies to Ease Up the Holiday Cookie Swap

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 8th, 2016

No-Bake Between gift wrapping and meal prepping, entertaining and party hopping, where is the average human supposed to find the time to fit in cookie baking? This year, ease up on your holiday prep (and on your oven) with simpler, no-bake cookies that’ll disappear from the cookie swap just as quickly as any baked ones.

Loaded up with cocoa powder, old-fashioned rolled oats and peanut butter, Katie Lee’s No-Bake “Cow Pile” Cookies are chewy, chocolatey and super-simple to make, thanks to a simple “batter” that just sits at room temp until the cookies firm up.

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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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