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.

6 Recipes That Prove Smashed Is the New Mashed

by in Recipes, May 5th, 2016

Cheesy Smashed PotatoesSilky mashed potatoes, pulverized peas and more smooth sides spell out pure comfort, and it’s no wonder why  these stick-to-your-ribs instances of mashed glory line our holiday tables year after year. Really anyone can eat them (we mean it, even babies can), but just because you can mash something to a different state of matter, doesn’t mean you always should. Before obliterating your veggies beyond recognition, those who dig more texture in their food should exercise some restraint and adopt a chunkier approach: what we like to call the “smash.” And we’ve got the most-smashing ways to do it right here.

Pounding and pureeing and ricing potatoes works when your side of mashed will hold a lake of gravy, but going the smashed route imparts the root veggie side with a whole lot more character. Rachael Ray doesn’t get carried away with the mashing of her Cheesy Smashed Potatoes, which are loaded with cheddar, sour cream and chives for the ultimate year-round side.

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Proof That Mexican Brunch Is the Best Kind of Brunch

by in Holidays, Recipes, May 1st, 2016

Grilled Breakfast TacosEggs and toast aren’t going anywhere, but we’re digging a spicier, zestier breakfast vibe this first week of May. Though Cinco de Mayo falls on a Thursday this year, the mention of Mexican fare brings one thing to our minds: brunch. With Mexican salsas, cheeses and other favorites on board, eggy brunch favorites — whether sweet or savory — have never been more packed with flavor.

When your first meal of the day is a taco, you know you’re doing things right — and especially so when each one is fired up on the grill. Grilled Breakfast Tacos are wrapped in charred corn tortillas and loaded with soft-scrambled eggs, grilled Spanish chorizo and all the fixings.

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Why Spring Is the Best Time to Get Kids to Eat Their Veggies

by in Recipes, April 28th, 2016

Garlic Oil Sauteed Pasta with BroccoliIf your kids turn up their noses at the mere sight of their vegetables night after night, do not fear. A bounty of peak-season spring produce is here to change all that. Now that green beans, broccoli and more veggies are at their finest, there’s never been a better time for your kids to learn to love them — and we’ve got just the dishes to make it happen.

Broccoli

Big, bad broccoli gets a bad rep among the little ones, but Melissa d’Arabian’s Garlic Oil Sauteed Pasta with Broccoli will change their minds. Tossing it together with crowd-pleasing pasta is a good way to get some good bites of broccoli in. Plus, you can make this easy, hearty recipe as the main course if you amp up the portions.

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Not Your Grandma’s Seder: 6 Sweet, Unconventional Passover-Friendly Treats

by in Holidays, Recipes, April 21st, 2016

Matzo Stack CakeFor those celebrating Passover, the day before is spent in preparation. Kitchens are scrubbed clean, seder tables are set, matzo is purchased in bulk and food preparations are well underway. Though nothing can beat your bubbe’s matzo ball soup or flourless chocolate cake, these inventive and creative Passover-friendly sweet treats are here to punch up your holiday dessert spread.

When life gives you unleavened bread, make cake! But not just any cake. Layer together a super-fun No-Bake Matzo Stack Cake with whipped cream, chopped nuts and, of course, crunchy matzo.

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6 Sensational Ways to Take Carrots Beyond Snacking

by in Recipes, April 21st, 2016

Roasted CarrotsBaby carrots straight from the bag are the snack of all snacks, but that isn’t all the crunchy carrot is good for. In fact, there are so many things you can do to carrots to take the in-season veggie beyond its snack-time roots.

Roasted

Heat up the oven for one of the easiest ways to prep your carrots. Ina Garten makes her fan-favorite side of Roasted Carrots by splaying 12 carrots on a sheet pan in a piping-hot oven with just olive oil, salt and pepper, and then tossing the finished product with fresh herbs.

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6 Splurges for Reveling in Your Tax Refund (Because YOLO)

by in Recipes, April 18th, 2016

Lobster Mac and CheeseGuess who just got their tax refund back? If the answer is you, then … way to make the rest of us all jealous! The odds are that you weren’t expecting this surprise check in the mail, so the question to follow is obviously how you’re going to put it to good use. Here’s what we’re thinking: food — but just not any kind. Use this extra cash flow to make an over-the-top meal that you wouldn’t normally splurge on unless it were a birthday, anniversary or some other important date (because, you know, budgets are a thing).

Amp Up Mac and Cheese with Lobster

Mac and cheese, whether from the box or homemade, is one of those creamy, comforting recipes that can be as frugal as you want it to be. Luckily, in honor of your refund (cha-ching!), you deserve nothing less than Ina Garten’s Lobster Mac and Cheese from Food Network Magazine (pictured above). Stir plump morsels of sweet lobster into a killer creamy blend made with Gruyère, extra-sharp cheddar and a hit of nutmeg. Because, let’s be honest, when you just got your refund, are you going to take your mac and cheese any other way? We didn’t think so.

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6 Ways to Bundle Up Asparagus This Spring

by in Recipes, April 14th, 2016

Asparagus BundlesWinter may have been the time to bundle yourself up in sweaters and coats, but springtime calls for bundling of a whole different sort. This season, bundle up slender spears of asparagus — which is at its very peak right now — in all kinds of ways. Not only does this all-wrapped-up method mean easy, breezy serving, but it also brings big flavor to fresh, tender spears, which are tall, skinny and made for bundling.

Make a Bacon Blanket

Hey, if you’re going to wrap anything in anything, one of those things should definitely be bacon, right? In her Asparagus Bundles, Trisha Yearwood doesn’t stop at wrapping the asparagus with the salty staple. From there, she douses the dish in a buttery brown sugar-soy sauce mixture before baking.

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How to Eat Salad for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (and Not Be Mad About It)

by in Recipes, April 7th, 2016

Greens, Grapes and Granola Breakfast SaladSalad has come a long way — or maybe we’re the ones who have. While the words “finish your salad” followed many of us from meal to meal as children, we’ve thankfully grown out of our resistance to everything green, and our love for a big, hearty, leafy salad has grown massively since then. But, even if you love a good salad, odds are you haven’t eaten it for three square meals a day — until now, that is.

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5 Ways Peas Are Better with the Italian Treatment

by in Recipes, March 31st, 2016

Peas and ProsciuttoIf winter was the time for stick-to-your-ribs meat sauces, hearty layered lasagnas and other forces of Italian-made comfort, spring is the time for dishes with a much fresher inclination. And if there’s anything that screams “spring” above all else, it’s peas. This week, we’re celebrating the season by giving peak-season peas the Italian treatment in pea-centric sides, pasta dishes and more. Though many of these recipes call for frozen peas, go the fresh route instead. ‘Tis the season, after all.

Giada De Laurentiis combines peas with an Italian mainstay, prosciutto, for the epitome of a fresh springtime side. Her recipe for Peas and Prosciutto is a stunner when served beside any main dish, and it takes just 18 minutes to prep.

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5 Side Dishes That Are More Important Than the Easter Ham

by in Holidays, Recipes, March 24th, 2016

Marmalade-Glazed Carrots with Candied PecansFor those who celebrate Easter, the holiday’s food is a whole lot more than bunny-shaped marshmallows, giant chocolate rabbits and candy eggs. Instead, it’s all about the real food — the substantial dishes that tear everyone away from the Easter egg hunt and get them to the table. This year, load up your menu with crowd-pleasing, seasonal Easter sides that will complement (and might just outshine) any ham, roast of lamb or holiday main dish you choose.

If your carrot dish has been pretty one-dimensional in the past, let these Marmalade-Glazed Carrots with Candied Pecans (pictured above) from Food Network Magazine change all that. Cooked in a buttery orange juice-marmalade glaze, this sweet and crunchy dish is extra-striking thanks to multicolored carrots.

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