All Posts By Allison Milam

5 Crazy-Good Ways to Do Up Mashed Potatoes — Sensational Sides

by in Recipes, March 26th, 2015

Baked Mashed PotatoesChances are you’ve ladled out your fair share of mashed potatoes over the years. Though this creamy, dreamy side could never, ever get old, there’s something to be said for dressing up your family’s tried-and-true recipe every once in a while. This week, in celebration of our first installment of Sensational Sides, we’re digging into mashed potato recipes that come to the table with a few extra-special touches.

Bake them

When you sink a spoon into Giada De Laurentiis’ Baked Mashed Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese and Bread Crumbs (pictured above), you’re met with a crunchy, buttery topping that contrasts just right with the creamy, rich mashed potato center. Browned on top and served in a casserole dish, this cheesy take on mashed potatoes gives a special edge to a weeknight staple.

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5 Spices and Blends You Should Be Cooking With

by in How-to, Recipes, March 23rd, 2015

Chicken Tikka MasalaYour spice cabinet may be filled with everything you thought you’d ever need, but perhaps it’s time to cook with more than the spices you always reach for. By integrating more exotic and compelling spices into your spice rack, you can work complex layers of flavor into your dishes, whether you’re slow-roasting a rack of lamb, simmering a curry or setting a tray of vegetables in the oven. With just a few pinches (or teaspoons if we’re getting really accurate) of these spices and spice blends, your dishes will be ignited with some serious chef worthy flavor.

1. Garam Masala

An aromatic blend of ground spices rooted in North Indian and South Asian cuisines, garam masala literally translates to “warm spice mix.” A typical recipe for Garam Masala can include cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, peppercorns, nutmeg and caraway, but there are many regional variations of this warming mix of spices. When Aarti Sequeira makes her Chicken Tikka Masala (pictured above), for instance, sauteing the garam masala in the skillet draws out the fragrance of the spice so it’s woven into every layer of the creamy tomato curry. Though you can use it to reproduce some of your Indian takeout favorites, you can also use this warming mix to bring marinades, sautes, meats and more to life.

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Everything Must Go! 10 Ways to Put Forgotten Ingredients to Use

by in How-to, Recipes, March 22nd, 2015

Chocolate Ganache CupcakesDon’t think you’re getting out of this one. Even if it doesn’t feel like it in your neck of the woods, spring is officially here, and that means it’s time for some old-fashioned spring cleaning. Before we even get into deep-cleaning the floors, the shower or — dare we say — that closet of yours, you should be getting your kitchen ready for the season ahead. Tackle your fridge, pantry and freezer head-on by addressing common bought-and-forgotten foods. Instead of straight-up tossing them, put these ingredients to use in fam-favorite recipes (if they haven’t gone past their expiration dates).

1. For the bottle of chocolate syrup you bought that one night you were craving chocolate milk

Let’s take a wild guess: The big brown bottle has been sitting in your fridge door for months, heavy as ever, with no chance of being used any time soon. Think of Ina Garten’s Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes (pictured above) as a delicious way to fix that. It calls for 16 ounces of chocolate syrup, meaning you’ll likely use the whole bottle up by making her decadently chocolatey, coffee-spiked recipe.

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10 Ways to Revolutionize Your Brownie Intake — Comfort Food Feast

by in Recipes, March 19th, 2015

Knock-You-Naked BrowniesA pan of freshly baked brownies can do a lot of things. It can round out a bake sale, satiate a soccer team or finish off a dinner party just right. It can ease a breakup, make a movie night complete or work as the base for a crazy-good ice cream sundae. But, in the end, a good brownie doesn’t need anything to be the best dessert ever; it can shine without a glass of milk whether it’s cut from the corner or the gooey center of the pan. In the spirit of brownie obsession, run down the line of the top 10 ways you can make your next batch disappear from the pan.

1. Go for store-bought cake mix — and then go absolutely crazy.

Ree Drummond’s Knock-You-Naked Brownies (pictured above) may start with a box of German chocolate cake mix, but you DIY-or-bust folks would be silly to let that stop you. With evaporated milk and caramel candies, Ree makes a decadent caramel sauce to drizzle over her first layer of batter, which she also tops with chocolate chips.

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Genius Ways to Make Use of All That Corned Beef

by in Holidays, Recipes, March 13th, 2015

Corned Beef and Cabbage PizzaSt. Patrick’s Day is upon us! On this green-as-can-be holiday, many of us consider eating corned beef to be as mandatory as drinking green-tinted beer and attending St. Paddy’s Day parades. But what do you do if you’re lucky enough to have corned beef leftovers? Especially if you’ve invested hours in making your own meat at home, you better bet that your efforts should stretch way beyond March 17. Luckily, future iterations of this salt-cured staple do wonders even after the holiday has passed, with the deli-counter meat bringing a robust, salty flavor to everything it joins.

1. Forgo pepperoni and use corned beef as a pizza topping.

Instead of digging into a plateful of corned beef, cabbage and potatoes with a fork and knife, pile those ingredients over yeasty homemade dough for Corned Beef and Cabbage Pizza (pictured above). Top it with a triple threat of Monterey Jack, Parmesan and mozzarella for a cheesy and creative post-holiday slice.

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For the Love of Heavy Cream: 5 Scalloped Potato Recipes to Indulge In — Comfort Food Feast

by in Recipes, March 12th, 2015

Scalloped PotatoesMashed, baked, fried and roasted potatoes get a whole lot of love, but, in our eyes, the unsung hero of the spud side genre is a bubbling casserole dish of decadent scalloped potatoes, hot and fresh out of the oven. Load up on the cheesiest and creamiest scalloped potato recipes, from classic to unconventional.

Look, it doesn’t take rocket science to get why Tyler Florence’s top-rated Scalloped Potato Gratin (pictured above) hits the ground running with over 500 reviews. It’s all about his technique, as the thin-sliced potatoes go from raw to soft and delicious when baked in a casserole dish with thyme- and nutmeg-infused heavy cream. In the end, the inside of the dish is tender while the top gets that perfectly crispy effect that’ll have you reaching for seconds.

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Some Things Get Better with Age: 10 Foods to Eat As Leftovers

by in Recipes, March 9th, 2015

Turkey MeatloafAs the old saying goes, good things come to those who wait. Though fresh, hot meals are put on a pedestal, full-fledged meals beyond wine and cheese get better with age too. In fact, when braised meats, sumptuous stews and hearty casseroles are left to sit in the fridge and cool down for hours or even days, a little magic happens. Flavors meld together as individual ingredients mingle and achieve a more well-rounded flavor.

Before you scarf down an entire dish, slow your roll. These hearty recipes prove that some things are best taken as leftovers, whether you zap them in the microwave or sneak a bite out of the fridge cold.

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Join the Breakfast Club with Food Network on Pinterest

by in Recipes, March 8th, 2015

Pinterest Breakfast ClubBefore you even think about pouring milk over another bowl of cereal, maybe it’s time to open up a new tab on your browser. For a limited time, you can hop over to Pinterest to get Food Network’s picks for the best breakfast recipes around. Hey, you probably didn’t need another reason to have a breakfast obsession, but — trust us — these all-about-breakfast ideas are just enough to get you to love the sound of your alarm clock.

Join the club by following Food Network’s breakfast boards (below), and get pinning!

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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