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Smidgen

Somewhere between a pinch and a dash is a smidgen, and when it comes to good cooking, a smidgen can make all the difference! Smidgen is the podcast of Red Stick Spice Company. Join host Anne Milneck as she talks with a variety of interesting people from the food world, plus real-world cooking segments prepared live from the Red Stick Spice Test Kitchen.

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Thanksgiving Sides are the Best Part of the Meal: 1 Day Until Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is tomorrow! It’s Wednesday my dudes. All the prep work will be oh so appreciated tomorrow, but today is about most folks’ favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal: the side dishes. Our tasks today, 1 day until Thanksgiving, is to work on the Thanksgiving sides: Ciabatta Sausage Stuffing and Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes. Thanksgiving Side Dishes Do you call it dressing or stuffing? Either way you are going to adore this Ciabatta and Sausage Stuffing. Make it today and reheat it tomorrow on Thanksgiving. Recipe: https://blog.redstickspice.com/recipe/ciabatta-sausage-stuffing/ The mashed potatoes can be made tomorrow, but the prep can start today. Get ready for some Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes. Recipe: https://blog.redstickspice.com/recipe/roasted-garlic-mashed-potatoes/ Roasted Garlic Olive Oil on roasted garlic? Yes, yes, and yes! Red Stick Spice Company also offers a Roasted Garlic Avocado Oil you may want to check out, too. More from Red Stick Spice Company How do I get the Red Stick Spice Company newsletter with recipes and cooking ideas? Sign up for our newsletter here. Follow Red Stick Spice Co socials, includingFacebook, Instagram, or Twitter. We are thankful for you, the listeners of Smidgen. HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the award-winning podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.
06:56 11/23/2022
Time to Make Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie: Day 2 Thanksgiving Countdown
Two days to go! It’s Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Time to bake a sumptuous Pumpkin Cheesecake. This two-layer cheesecake is as gorgeous as it is beautiful.  And we don’t want to hear anything about “cracked” cheesecakes—that’s what the Cardamom Infused Whipped Cream is for. Pies to Make for Thanksgiving It’s easy to get Thanksgiving dessert together when you start ahead. Today make Pumpkin Cheesecake with Cardamom Infused Whipped Cream. Recipe: https://blog.redstickspice.com/recipe/pumpkin-cheesecake-pie-with-cardamom-whipped-cream/ Remember! You already made the crust ahead of time on Day 5! Woo hoo—so easy. Flaky Pie Crust recipe here if you are catching up. Does your family need more than one pie option? (Relatable.) Try this divine Chinese 5 Spice Pecan Pie. It’s almost Thanksgiving! So close! It’s going to be a good one. More from Red Stick Spice Company How do I get the Red Stick Spice Company newsletter with recipes and cooking ideas? Sign up for our newsletter here. Follow Red Stick Spice Co socials, includingFacebook, Instagram, or Twitter. We are thankful for you, the listeners of Smidgen. Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the award-winning podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.
04:32 11/22/2022
Brine the Turkey, Make Ahead Gravy: Day 3 Thanksgiving Countdown
Three days until Thanksgiving, this is a biggie. Monday: Brine the Bird and whip up a delicious batch of Make Ahead Gravy. How to Brine a Thanksgiving Turkey Anne’s favorite way to brine a Thanksgiving turkey is to dry brine the bird 3 days before Thanksgiving and store it open in the fridge. Use Red Stick Spice Company Dry Brine. Shop Dry Brine Blend here. If you want to learn more about other brining methods, listen to our recent Smidgen episode, Brine Time Anytime. Red Stick Spice also offers a Turkey Brine Kit. Shop here. How to Make Thanksgiving Gravy Straight from the Red Stick Spice Company Teaching Kitchen is this recipe for Make Ahead Gravy. It yields a whopping 8 cups of gravy that your family is going to love. Recipe: https://blog.redstickspice.com/recipe/make-ahead-turkey-gravy/ DO NOT toss the drippings from the day-of Thanksgiving turkey! Listen to the episode to learn what Anne does with those precious juices. More from Red Stick Spice Company How do I get the Red Stick Spice Company newsletter with recipes and cooking ideas? Sign up for our newsletter here. Follow Red Stick Spice Co socials, includingFacebook, Instagram, or Twitter. We are thankful for you, the listeners of Smidgen. Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the award-winning podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.
07:12 11/21/2022
Shake Vinaigrette, Cook Cranberry Sauce: Day 4 Thanksgiving Countdown
Happy 4 days until Thanksgiving. It’s Sunday. Today: Shake and store a vinaigrette; cook your cranberry sauce; infuse a cardamom simple syrup. Hint: you’ll use the simple syrup for whipped cream later on with an amazing pie we’re going to make in a few days. Cranberry Sauce for Thanksgiving Make Ginger Pear Cranberry Sauce. You’ll love how the ginger compliments the Fall pear and cranberries. It’s a hit! Recipe here: https://blog.redstickspice.com/recipe/ginger-pear-cranberry-sauce/ Please note: there will not be can ridges on this sauce. We know that’s a disappointment to some of y’all. We are confident this fresh sauce will make up for it. Vinaigrette for Thanksgiving Include this wonderful Pomegranate Salad with Carrots and Blue Cheese in your Thanksgiving menu. Make the salad ON Thanksgiving; make the dressing today. This is a shake-n-store vinaigrette: pour all the ingredients in a jar; shake with vigor; pop in the fridge; DONE. Vinaigrette recipe here with the salad: https://blog.redstickspice.com/recipe/pomegranate-salad-with-carrots-blue-cheese/ More from Red Stick Spice Company Make a Cardamom Infused Simple Syrup—great for cocktails, but you’ll also use it to sweeten a whipped cream later this week. Try it! It uses whole cardamom pods—a little different than what you might be used to. Recipe here: https://blog.redstickspice.com/recipe/cardamom-simple-syrup/ Cardamom is featured on this recent episode of Smidgen—listen here: 5 Spices to Add to Your Spice Rack. How do I get the Red Stick Spice Company newsletter with recipes and cooking ideas? Sign up for our newsletter here. Follow Red Stick Spice Co socials, includingFacebook, Instagram, or Twitter. We are thankful for you, the listeners of Smidgen. Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the award-winning podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.
04:29 11/20/2022
Prep Pie Crust and Cookie Dough: Day 5 Thanksgiving Countdown
Happy 5 days until Thanksgiving. It’s Saturday. Today: Prep pie crust and cookie dough. (Have you not heard about fresh cookies on Thanksgiving? It’s a tradition at Anne’s house. With the recipes ahead, you’re going to want start this tradition for your family!) Pie Crust for Thanksgiving Use your food processor to make this Flaky Pie Crust recipe (one batch at a time!) The secret ingredient is vodka. See the recipe here: https://blog.redstickspice.com/recipe/flaky-pie-crust/ Cookies for Thanksgiving Take advantage of all the beautiful dried cherries we see this time of year and pick your favorite Red Stick Spice infused sugar to make slice-n-bake Dark Chocolate Cherry cookies. Recipe here: https://blog.redstickspice.com/recipe/dark-chocolate-cherry-slice-bake-cookies/ Crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside—yes please! Try Salted White Chocolate Oatmeal Recipe: https://blog.redstickspice.com/recipe/salted-white-chocolate-oatmeal-cookies/ Anne likes a bit of Fleur de Sel salt with cookies. Shop here. Interested in some other cookies? Vanilla Bean Sables are a winner for Thanksgiving Read an entire shortbread roundup here from the Red Stick Spice Company blog More from Red Stick Spice Company How do I get the Red Stick Spice Company newsletter with recipes and cooking ideas? Sign up for our newsletter here. Follow Red Stick Spice Co socials, includingFacebook, Instagram, or Twitter. We are thankful for you, the listeners of Smidgen. Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the award-winning podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.
06:30 11/19/2022
5 Spices to Add to Your Spice Rack
On Smidgen, we love to bring you new insight on your favorites. Adding new spices to your standbys can give new life and new perspectives to dishes you prepare all the time. Like tacos? Try them with new chiles for a whole new taste sensation. Like hot chocolate? Mix in this spice for a whole new sipping experience. Want more like this? In this season finale episode, Smidgen host Anne Milneck will give you 5 spices to explore plus dishes to try out these new spices. There’s nothing more fun than trying new flavors with Anne as your guide. Mentioned on the show: Can you say delicious? Get to know Pasilla Negro Chiles with Pasilla Pulled Chicken Tacos.   Now you know! Mexican oregano is not the same as Mediterranean oregano! As the weather cools, try Timut Hot Chocolate using the intriguing Timut Peppercorns. This is cardamom’s season to shine. Why not try a little something different with whole cardamom pods? A perfect application is a Cardamom Simple Syrup. Cheers! Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Red Stick Spice Company has you covered! Look for blog posts; social media posts; podcast episodes and MORE counting down five days to help you get ready for Thanksgiving. You’ll get a short podcast episode each day to help you prep—no rushed, crazed, hair-on-fire holidays this year! Stay tuned. How do I get the Red Stick Spice Company newsletter with recipes and cooking ideas? Sign up for our newsletter here. Follow Red Stick Spice Co socials, includingFacebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the award-winning podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.
33:44 11/09/2022
3 New Ways to Use Olive Oil
You can’t get more down to basics than olive oil. Don’t let the familiarity of olive oil prevent you from finding new and intriguing ways to use (and enjoy!) this kitchen must-have. Besides all the glorious regions that produce a variety of olive oils, there is an array of flavored olive oils to sample and savor (Smidgen host Anne Milneck shares some suggestions for you to try—available from Red Stick Spice Company.) If you are ready to get some new eyes for olive oil, dive into this episode of Smidgen. Plus—you’ll get a dinner idea you can use this week and a dessert idea (a dessert CHALLENGE in fact.) Don’t miss the secret bonus way to use olive oil (get out your cocktail shaker. You read that right: olive oil in a cocktail. Who knew?!) An especially delicious episode of Smidgen. Mentioned on the show: Make salmon this week using the “lazy simmer” method using olive oil. Crispy Skin Salmon recipe here. Ooh la la, try Herbes de Provence extra virgin olive oil from Red Stick Spice Company. Anne recommends mushroom lovers try Porcini Extra Virgin Olive Oil. A treat for sauteing and as a finishing drizzle. Garlic gets a lot of love, but consider Red Stick Spice’s Shallot Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Allium amazement awaits you. Bake up some Citrus Olive Oil Mini Loaf Cakes. Try the very popular Meyer Lemon Olive Oil; get hyped for Blood Orange Avocado Oil—both from Red Stick Spice Company. Do you pledge to take the olive oil on ice cream challenge? DON’T RUN AWAY YET. Read up about it here (you’ll thank us later.) Anne wrote a blog post about these three ways to use olive oil. Read it here. Bonus way to use olive oil: Try an Olive Oil Gin Sour – credit to Julianna McIntosh; recipe found on the FeedFeed. So tasty! How do I get the Red Stick Spice Company newsletter with recipes and cooking ideas? Sign up for our newsletter here. Follow Red Stick Spice Co socials, includingFacebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the award-winning podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.
34:25 11/03/2022
4 Sheet Pan Suppers You Haven't Tried
We love sheet pans! Sheet pan suppers, sheet pans themselves—if it can be made on a sheet pan, we are here for it. Anne Milneck—host of Smidgen, chef/owner of Red Stick Spice Company, and unabashed sheet pan enthusiast—has four new* recipes for home cooks to try and enjoy. (*New? Maybe not. Anne explains how most sheet pan recipes are actually a combination of techniques. In any case, each recipe is fun, flavorful, sets you up for success, and can solve your dinner quandaries this week!) Mentioned on the show: - Get the recipes here: School Cafeteria Pizza Sheet Pan Ratatouille Sheet Pan Nachos Sheet Pan Italian Sandwiches - Read the blog post Anne wrote about these sheet pan suppers here. - Want to shop USA Pan? See the variety of USA Pan pans (including muffin tins; cake rounds; square pans, etc) offered via Red Stick Spice Company here. See all the sizes of sheet pans available from USA Pan at Red Stick Spice here. (Bonus: Here’s the gasp-worthy USA Pan cookie sheet and the most adorable mini sheet pan you’ve ever seen.) - How do I get the Red Stick Spice Company newsletter with recipes and cooking ideas? Sign up for our newsletter here. - Listen to Anne’s conversation with sheet pan cookbook author Molly Gilbert here. Smidgen Season 1, Episode 2 (!) While you’re at it, fall in love with slab grilled cheese here. - Follow Red Stick Spice Co socials, including Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the award-winning podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.
27:58 10/27/2022
3 Lessons from Julia Child
The original food influencer? None other than Julia Child. Between hosting one of the most long-running cooking TV shows (really, we wouldn’t have food TV without her) to bringing French cooking to the mainstream American kitchen, Julia Child made an impact. Julia Child’s influence is back in a big way with HBO’s new show Julia, reinvigorating fan’s love for her and introducing a new generation to Julia Child’s work. Smidgen host and owner of Red Stick Spice Company Anne Milneck brings us three lessons everyone can take from Julia Child. If you want to bring some flair to your dinners or want to dive into cooking with wine—this is the Smidgen episode for you. Please note: You will most likely clamor to purchase a blow torch after listening. You’ve been advised. Mentioned on the show: - This episode is inspired by this blog post, penned by Anne—take a read to get even more Julia Child! - Get fancy with Suprêmes de Volaille aux Champignons—recipe here. (Special thanks to Kati and Guy for pronouncing this dish on the episode.) - Make Julia Child’s Vinaigrette—learn the Julia oil/acid ratio for salad success here . Shake with great vigor! - Are you ready to try Mini Baked Alaskas? Fall in love with your new favorite chocolate cake and learn a manageable way to create beautiful, show-stopping desserts for your next dinner party. (A perfect chance to use your brand-new blow torch.) See the gorgeous pictures and try the recipe at home. - Want more? Red Stick Spice Company hosts the class: What Would Julia Do? Get the details here. - How do I get the Red Stick Spice Company newsletter with recipes and cooking ideas? Sign up for our newsletter here. - Follow Red Stick Spice Co socials, including Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the award-winning podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.
21:51 10/20/2022
3 Types of Cooks - Which One Are You?
Intuitive cook, Improv cook, Recipe cook—which type are you? What are each of these home cook types like, and how can knowing which type of home cook you are help you be a better cook? In the over 300 cooking classes taught at Red Stick Spice Co., (and YES—Anne’s counted them!) the instructors and staff have noticed some patterns… some styles… some types, if you will. Now, this is no criticism, in fact Smidgen host and owner of Red Stick Spice Co. Anne Milneck thinks knowing your type is actually a boon. There’s something to be learned from each type, and knowing your type can improve your cooking skills. By the end of the episode, you’ll know what kind of cook you are and have specific tips and recipes to try to understand who you are in the kitchen even better. Mentioned on the show: - This episode is inspired by this blog post, penned by Anne.  LINKS to all the recipes mentioned on the podcast can be found here. Be sure to click over and see the amazing pictures of Timmie Callais modeling each cook type in the Red Stick Spice Co. Teaching Kitchen. - Test out your cooking style while making Sheet Pan Pizza Chicken with Pancetta, Mozzarella, and Spicy Tomatoes.  Yum! Recipe here. - Intrigued by the Roasted Root Burger Anne was enticingly describing on the episode? It’s a featured dish in the Cooking with a Cardiologist class. Learn more here. (We love you Dr. Gadi!) - Did you say Folded TikTok Breakfast Tortilla? Make your own—recipe here. - How do I get the Red Stick Spice Company newsletter with recipes and cooking ideas? Sign up for our newsletter here. - Follow Red Stick Spice Co socials, including Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the award-winning podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.
34:03 10/13/2022
5 Pantry Staples to Stock Right Now
Your pantry is your secret weapon. In this season premiere episode of Smidgen, Anne Milneck shares 5 new pantry staples she is loving right now—each item is a gem you should discover and is chock full of meal inspiration. From a rich (adorably packaged) mayo to a protein-packed rice to a roasty toasty Ginger Garlic Toasted Sesame Oil (made just for Red Stick Spice Company!) plus others—you’re going to love hearing about each of these items and how they can make your mealtimes even better. Included in the episode: Anne walks you through Spicy Beef Pan Fried Dumplings, featuring Ginger Garlic Toasted Sesame Oil—delicious lil’ dumplings everyone can make. Mentioned on the show: - This episode is inspired by this blog post, penned by Anne.  LINKS to all the recipes mentioned on the podcast can be found here.  - Is there a cuter mayo than Kewpie mayo? (Spoiler alert: no.) Red Stick Spice Co offers a Sushi Workshop. Check for dates and details here. - Other products: Ginger Garlic Toasted Sesame Oil (hello roasty toasty); Soom Dark Chocolate Tahini (excuse us as get a spoon); Parish rice (welcome back, rice!); Red Boat Fish Salt (putting the U in UMAMI!) - Anne gave a shout-out to Weeknight Dirty Rice. Find the recipe here.  - If you loved the Spicy Beef Pan Fried Dumplings (and we’re sure you will), consider signing up for the Lil’ Dumplings class. Learn to make all kinds of pot stickers and other yummy dumplings. Details here. - Want to learn how to fold dumplings? We like this video from Wei's Red House Kitchen.  - Bonus: Click here for a special dumpling recipe pack from Anne, complete with some how-to pictures for folding dumplings.  - Did you hear Anne say Red Boat Salt Buttermilk Fried Chicken? Oh yes: get the recipe here. - How do I get the Red Stick Spice Company newsletter with recipes and cooking ideas? Sign up for our newsletter here. - Follow Red Stick Spice Co socials, including Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the award-winning podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.
21:07 10/06/2022
How Do You Appreciate a Good Tea? SoGo Tea Bar
Tea is tasted through an activity called cupping, where tea is sipped at various temperatures and is assessed for color, aroma, and finally taste. One aspect of experiencing tea in this way is having a particular vocabulary of vivid words to describe the way the tea looks, smells, and its flavor. That vocabulary comes from daily practice—which means lots and lots of trying tea. On this episode of Smidgen, host Anne Milneck (a self-described perpetual student of tea) is joined by wine professional Lauren Luquet (Luquet Wine Co.) and coffee professional Dominick Blanda (City Roots Coffee Bar) to tase milk oolong, courtesy of  SoGo Tea Bar. Lauren and Dominick have that vocabulary for wine and coffee—how can their perspective help us appreciate tea more, and get excited for the adventure that can be found in a lovely cup of tea? SoGo Tea Bar is located just inside of Red Stick Spice Company in Mid City, Baton Rouge.  SoGo is a must-visit stop in Baton Rouge, and the knowledgeable SoGo baristas are ready to get you to a tea you’ll love.   Mentioned on the show: - Enjoy tea the SoGo way! In Baton Rouge: look over the SoGo menu here and pop in for a sip. Outside of Baton Rouge: Check out the selection of tea available and place your order to be shipped right to your door. - Anne leads a Tea 101 class! Learn more here.  - Follow SoGo Tea Bar on Instagram. - Lauren Luquet is a wine professional, specializing in American-based wineries. Learn more: Luquet Wine Co. Follow Lauren on Instagram. - Dominick Blanda is a partner, coffee roaster/enthusiast, and jack-of-all-trades at City Roots Coffee Bar in Baton Rouge. Visit in person when in Baton Rouge or order online here. Follow City Roots Coffee Bar on Facebook and Instagram. - How do I get the Red Stick Spice Company newsletter with recipes and cooking ideas? Sign up for our newsletter here. - Follow Red Stick Spice Co socials, including Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the award-winning podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.
43:13 06/09/2022
Blackening: Flavor or Cooking Technique?
A simple dredging of melted butter, a beautiful brick red spice blend, and an absolutely scorching hot cast iron skillet are all you need to make tempting blackened fish at home. (You’ll also probably need to temporarily disable your home smoke alarm, but we’ll get to that shortly.) The question comes up: is the blackening the seasoning or the cooking technique? There’s no one better to answer that question than Chef Frank Brigtsen, who with his wife Marna, owns Brigtsen’s restaurant in the Riverbend neighborhood in Uptown New Orleans. Chef Brigtsen has personally blackened over 60,000 fish (!) and even enjoys blackening a variety of fish, steaks, and even veggies when he’s eating at home. In addition to having his own restaurant in New Orleans, Chef Brigtsen apprenticed at Commander’s Palace and was the first night chef at K-Paul’s, working with Chef Paul Prudhomme. In this episode, you’ll not only hear the story of the very first blackened redfish to be ever cooked at K-Paul’s by Paul Prudhomme, you’ll learn enough of how to blacken fish to try this style of cooking at home yourself. Mentioned on the show: - In the New Orleans area, be sure to visit Brigsten’s in Riverbend. You can find Brigtsen’s on Facebook and Chef Frank Brigtsen on Instagram. - What can be blackened? Can I blacken steak, shrimp, or salmon? - What seasonings should I use when I try to blacken fish? - Did Chef Paul Prudhomme inspire the overfishing of redfish in the Gulf of Mexico? - Anne used Red Stick Spice Company Cajun Blackening Spice Blend for her Blackened Gulf Fish recipe. - DON’T FORGET TO REACTIVATE YOUR HOME SMOKE DETECTOR! - How do I get the Red Stick Spice Company newsletter with recipes and cooking ideas? Sign up for our newsletter here. - Oven questions? Listen back to Anne’s episode about managing heat and getting to know your oven to help you bake: Smidgen episode, The Right (Kitchen) Tool for the Job. Follow Red Stick Spice Co socials, including Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the award-winning podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.
38:04 05/26/2022
Gluten Free Baking Inspiration
Baking gluten-free is a bear, even for experienced bakers. A lot of the usual rules don’t apply and gluten-free baking has tons of methods and practices that bakers need to know before they can achieve “GF” baking success. We get this episode’s question from Connie, who knows her way around an oven; she simply had disaster after disaster trying to bake gluten-free. To help Connie out, Smidgen host (and infamous non-baker) Anne Milneck brings on Kelly Courson of CeliacChicks.com to get into some of the ways bakers can make beautiful and delicious baked goods, and to share some of the factors that go into successful gluten-free baking. If you want to make delectable goodies for your friends or family that forgo gluten, in this episode you’ll learn about several key ingredients every GF bakers need to know; you’ll have cookbooks and recipes that are kitchen-tested; you’ll be connected to mixes that are specially formulated for the home cook. To top off all this valuable information, Anne heads into the Red Stick Spice Company teaching kitchen—with some help from friend of the shop Kayla and bakes a classic birthday cake, complete with rainbow sprinkles. Mentioned on the show: - If you know someone with celiac disease, Kelly’s website CeliacChicks.com is a must. Follow Kelly on Instagram. - Kelly recommends you try Cup4Cup products—flours, mixes, recipes. See the Cup4Cup website here. - Some cookbooks to try: Culinary Institute of America Gluten-Free Baking is one Kelly likes; Anne got the birthday cake recipe from Cannelle et Vanille by Aran Goyoaga. - Were you tempted by talk of the almond cake on Smidgen? Here’s the recipe on the Red Stick Spice Company website. - How do I get the Red Stick Spice Company newsletter with recipes and cooking ideas? Sign up for our newsletter here. - Oven questions? Listen back to Anne’s episode about managing heat and getting to know your oven to help you bake: Smidgen episode, The Right (Kitchen) Tool for the Job. Follow Red Stick Spice Co socials, including Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the award-winning podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.
34:53 05/19/2022
Hop On That Meal Train
What do we bring? When there’s a happy occasion like a new baby or a solemn passing like losing a loved one the time-honored tradition of bringing food to our friends and family is a tangible way to show our care and concern. However, there are lots of food handling practices that come into play when we’re cooking for others. Our inspiration question comes from Terry (after experiencing the digital magazine Pathway) and to help properly answer, Smidgen host and owner of Red Stick Spice Company Anne Milneck  brings on Dr. Wenqing “Wennie” Xu to discuss food handling practices that every home cook can learn and use right away. After an information packed (and fun!) session with Wennie, Anne pulls on friend and professional organizer Sara Landry West of South Coast Organizers to deal with a current trend—do we bring and leave a dish when bringing someone food? Do we use disposables? How does a professional organizer take on this topic—to pyrex or not to pyrex, that is the question (and Smidgen has the answer.) Finally, Anne gets to the kitchen to make cassoulet (classic, comforting, delicious) and a 15 minute/5 ingredient salted butterscotch sauce that can top ice cream for a refreshing, sumptuous treat—both would be welcome to let someone know you’re thinking of them. Mentioned on the show: - Dr. Wennie has a informative and easy to access video series called Food Safety Bites, created with the LSU AgCenter - Looking for a new hobby? Both Anne and Wennie collect food thermometers!  Check out the cool ThermoPop instant read thermometer (available in a gorgeous rainbow of colors.) Want readings fast? Thermapen One gives you the temp of your proteins in one second. Wow! Get ultra-fancy with wi-fi and Bluetooth® enabled Signals™ BBQ Alarm thermometer. - Yum—Fleur de Sel boasts mineral flavors and gives a nice crunch. A delightful salt to use in the butterscotch sauce, and a unique addition to many dishes. - How do I get the Red Stick Spice Company newsletter with recipes and cooking ideas? Sign up for our newsletter here. Follow Red Stick Spice Co socials, including Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the award-winning podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.
39:35 05/12/2022
Salt n Pepper Here
Salt is essential! Whether it’s to enhance flavors or get necessary minerals into our diets, salt cannot be divorced from cooking. But should salt and pepper—often thought of going together—be split up? We’re getting salty on this episode of Smidgen, with Anne heading off to the salt mine (so to speak.) JQ Dickenson Salt-Works has been producing salt in West Virginia (you read that right) for over 200 years. Nancy Bruns is a chef and along with her brother Lewis Payne are continuing the family tradition of harvesting salt in Malden, West Virginia. Nancy joins Smidgen host and owner of Red Stick Spice Company Anne Milneck to discuss how salt is made in a land locked area, and what kinds of flavors home cooks can expect to experience when trying different unrefined salts.  Then to put some of this salty knowledge into action, Anne heads to the kitchen to make Rosemary Focaccia with Finishing Salt.  Mentioned on the show: - The JQ Dickenson Salt-Works website is a wealth of information and an attractive showcase of their offerings. Visit JQDSalt.com to learn more. Want to know how salt is made? Interested in how a modern salt-works can harvest salt in a sustainable way? Watch the JQ Dickenson Salt-Works videos here.   - What is unrefined salt?  - Make your own batch of No-Knead Rosemary Focaccia. Take Anne’s tip and try different salts on top of this delicious bread to get a sense of the variety of qualities and textures that can be found in various salts.  - Start your salty exploration by peeking at Red Stick Spice Company’s selection of salts on our website. Red Stick Spice Company has dozen of salts to choose from.  - Should salt and pepper get a divorce?  - Throwback to Rosemary Gill talking spices (and revealing the origins of the salt/pepper divorce question) on Smidgen, Season 2. Listen to the episode here.  - What’s the problem with recipes saying salt and pepper to taste at the end of the recipe? - How do I get the Red Stick Spice Company newsletter with recipes and cooking ideas? Sign up for our newsletter here.  Follow Red Stick Spice Co socials, including Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.  Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the award-winning podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.
25:27 05/05/2022
Brine Time Anytime
We’re taking on listener questions this season of Smidgen, and on this episode it’s all about BRINE. Wet brine? Dry brine? What proteins can be brined? Our question comes from Caroline and to answer, Red Stick Spice Company store owner and Smidgen host Anne Milneck brings on Rhonda and Danny Titus of Road Toad Smokin’ BBQ. Rhonda—known as the “Chicken Queen” is an award-winning griller and she shares her champion brining secrets on Smidgen. By the end of this episode, you’ll know exactly how to wet brine a variety of proteins (plus get some extra tips for spatchcocking chicken.) You’ll know about early salting and dry brining and you’re going to want to try them all! Mentioned on the show: - Try your hand at Maple Brined Pork Loin using delicious Garlic Maple Rub - Anne recommends savory Lamb Blend that (surprise!) can be used on lots of proteins besides lamb - How does Rhonda wet brine her award-winning chicken? What goes into her brine? - How long do I wet brine chicken? (Timing is critical! The difference between super moist and spongey is TIME.) - What are some tips for making spatchcock chicken easier? - How do I incorporate spices into my brining? Whare are some spice suggestions? - How do I get the Red Stick Spice Company newsletter with recipes and cooking ideas? Sign up for our newsletter here. - Want to learn more about competitive barbecuing? Rhonda and Danny compete with Barbecue Competitors Alliance (BCABBQ.org)—see upcoming events here: BCA BBQ Upcoming Events - My mouth is watering—can you tell me more about the Zuni Café Chicken? Read the blog post. We hope this episode inspires you to try brining—both wet and dry—as a way to reinvent some of your favorite dishes. Follow Red Stick Spice Co socials, including Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the award-winning podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.
33:59 04/28/2022
Rollin' in the Pizza Dough
How do you keep pizza dough from springing back when you’re making pizza at home? We get our question from Mary, student of the Pizza Masterclass at Red Stick Spice Company. Mary was trying to stretch out her dough and it would not cooperate, instead the dough wanted to stay in a ball. Smidgen host Anne Milneck brings on pizza expert Cara Peterson of Go Eat Concepts and Rocca Pizzeria in Baton Rouge to talk all things pizza making at home. (Cara also happens to be the instructor of the Pizza Masterclass at Red Stick Spice.) This episode is going to inspire you to try new toppings and new techniques for pizza at home. We can’t guarantee that your pizza will be a perfect circle (surprise—it doesn’t have to be!) but we know you’ll be a better pizza chef after listening to this episode. Mentioned on the show: - Make Cara’s fresh, from scratch pizza dough and try your hand at Neapolitan Pizza - What is proofing and how many proofing stages does pizza dough go through? - When should I start my dough if I want pizza on Friday? - If I don’t want to start pizza dough from scratch, what options do I have? - What are some toppings I haven’t considered for pizza at home? - I don’t have a hearth or woodburning oven. How can my normal conventional oven make great pizza? - THIS SETTLES IT: Does pineapple belong on pizza? - How do I get the Red Stick Spice Company newsletter with recipes and cooking ideas? Sign up for our newsletter here. If this episode doesn’t inspire you to throw a pizza party, we don’t know what will. We look forward to seeing the homemade circles (or ovals) you create to make your own homemade pizzas. Follow Red Stick Spice Co socials, including Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the award-winning podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.
37:15 04/21/2022
Pathway: A Tribute to South Louisiana
Discover Pathway: A Culinary Journal, Anne’s tribute to South Louisiana. You can also download Pathway as a PDF. In this episode, Anne walks us through Hot & Crispy Des Allemands Catfish Sandwich—you can see all the amazing recipes of Pathway here. Hurricane Ida made landfall on August 29, 2021, cutting a path of destruction across part of South Louisiana. La Place, Louisiana was particularly hard hit, and La Place happens to be the hometown of Smidgen host and owner of Red Stick Spice Company, Anne Milneck. From that ruin, Anne responded by creating a beautiful tribute, Pathway: A Culinary Journal. One part recipe collection, one part guidebook, Pathway contains gorgeous pictures, enticing recipes, and a special invitation to visit these places that were most profoundly impacted by Ida. Join us on this episode of Smidgen to explore Pathway through the stories and recipes of this special region of Louisiana.   Mentioned on the show: - Anne walks us through the delicious preparation of a Hot & Crispy Des Allemands Catfish Sandwich. After listening, view the recipe for yourself here. - Smidgen, Season 4 is a geaux! We need to hear from you—literally! Email audio messages of your cooking conundrums to Anne and we’ll pick select questions to be answered by Anne in our upcoming season. Send audio of your questions to info@redstickspice.com and then listen to Season 4 to hear if your questions was chosen! - Do you know who got news of Pathway first? Our newsletter subscribers get the first peek at what we’re cooking up at Red Stick Spice Company. Sign up for our newsletter here. We hope you loved learning more about South Louisiana and are intrigued to make your own visit down bayou soon. Don’t forget to email audio of your cooking questions to Anne. Follow Red Stick Spice Co socials, including Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.
41:31 03/07/2022
Local Love
The very first interview on the very first episode of Smidgen was with Galen Iverstine of Iverstine Farms Butcher. Galen is back on this Season 3 finale episode of Smidgen to talk about what impact the last year had on his small business; what he learned as a rancher from the pandemic; and what customers are shopping for now at the meat counter. Galen and Anne Milneck, host of Smidgen and owner of Red Stick Spice Co. discuss the realities of shopping local—is “shop local” just a popular slogan or does it have real results for a community? Galen and Anne both had supply chain concerns when the pandemic lockdowns first were announced. If you’ve never really thought about how food gets to your local food provider, this part of the conversation will be enlightening and informative (really—if you’re thinking, “Uh, supply chain??” these two small business owners will give you new insights.) Finally, Anne uses one of her favorite items from Galen’s shop—the Iverstine chorizo—to make Cast Iron Chorizo Queso as she walks us through the recipe. Not too picante, but plenty flavorful, and mucho cheesy, Cast Iron Chorizo Queso is your next crowd pleaser or the perfect filling for tacos. Mentioned on the show: - ¡Que rico! Watch Anne prepare Cast Iron Chorizo Queso on Facebook Live. You can find the complete recipe over on the Red Stick Spice Co. blog. - Yes! Chili is a powder, but Chili Powder Blend is… well, a blend! Try any of the Red Stick Spice Co. chili varieties—from pleasantly warm to whoo-my-oh-my hot! - Anne is a big fan of the Butcher Bundles available at Iverstine’s. Galen mentioned the bundles briefly—take a peek and see if a Butcher Bundle is right for you. - Galen referenced a Freakonomics podcast episode about the supply chain that he thought was particularly good. Listen here. - Are you in the Greater Baton Rouge area (or do you plan to be?) Attend one of the Red Stick Spice Co. farm tours. One of the stops is Iverstine Farm. Learn more about our Farm, Food & Cooking Tour. - We are so excited for our C’est Si Bon subscription boxes! Get the goodness of Red Stick Spice Co. each month with a C’est Si Bon subscription—each box contains a curated tea in addition to a full size spice and a local product. Makes an amazing gift. C’est Si Bon! Listen to the episode for a Red Stick Spice Company discount code, special for you, our Smidgen listener. We loved bringing you this season of Smidgen. What would you like to hear about on a future episode? Did you have a favorite of Season 3? Let us know! Hit us up on any of the Red Stick Spice Co socials, including Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.
41:15 04/22/2021
Refresh and Restore – Herbal Teas
When you walk into Red Stick Spice Co. looking for tea, the staff will ask you, “Caffeine or no caffeine?” Your answer will set a course for your sipping future. Last week on Smidgen was all about tea from Camelia Sinensis. This episode of Smidgen is the no caffeine side of things—herbals and botanicals. Host Anne Milneck walks us through the leaves, flowers, bushes, roots, and other delights that make up herbal teas. The “rules” of herbal tea are different (in that there really aren’t any rules… for the most part.) You get lots of flavors with herbal tea, but one of the main reason folks opt for herbals is for wellness properties. Anne highlights two herbals in particular that are noted for their attributes—meet kudzu root (yes, the invasive plant which also happens to be the hero of Hangover tea) and learn more about anti-oxidant rich rooibos (and finally feel confident about how to pronounce the name of this rich, red tea.) To close, Anne offers a “sipping segment” featuring Namaste tea—perfect for yogis after a deep yoga practice or anyone who wants a bit of restoration. Anne selected this tea to prepare since it has layers of aromas followed by flavors and colors, topped off by benefits for you to experience. Mentioned on the show: - Wow—did you hear some of the teas Anne mentioned? Try Fais Do Do (made with chamomile and rooibos) or Biscotti tea (beautiful cornflower bring color and flavor.) Get some replenishment with Rooibos Renewal. - Wellness is a property, but it’s also a tea. Sip Wellness and enjoy! If you really need to unwind, give Chill tea a try. - See all tea selections offered by Red Stick Spice Co. on the website. From single variety to blends to botanicals, we are sure to have a tea you will love. - Anne mentioned that lots of customers like rooibos as an alternate to coffee. (Producer Catherine is now hooked on Vanilla Rooibos, a tea she tried after this episode.) - Did you miss it? Catch last week’s Camelia Sinensis episode to get your dose of black, white, and green tea. - This gorgeous tea is what Anne would serve at a luncheon. Get French Lemon Ginger tea and fall in love for yourself! - We are so excited for our C’est Si Bon subscription boxes! Get the goodness of Red Stick Spice Co. each month with a C’est Si Bon subscription—each box contains a curated tea in addition to a full size spice and a local product. Makes an amazing gift. C’est Si Bon! Listen to the episode for a Red Stick Spice Company discount code, special for you, our Smidgen listener. Did this episode get you thinking about herbals? Ready to try a blend? Let us know! Hit us up on any of the Red Stick Spice Co socials, including Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.
37:58 04/15/2021
Enjoy the Joy of Tea
Watch the leaves dance about in the water, allow the aroma to change and develop, maybe gently raise and dunk the infuser in your cup… and in a few minutes, take a sip of something rich and complex. It’s tea—delicious, flavorful joy in a cup. Red Stick Spice Co. is a spice shop, yes, but it’s also a purveyor of tea. Anne Milneck, host of Smidgen, is a tea sommelier and certified tea lover. All of the skills that make Anne passionate about blending spices translate to the world of tea (and what a world it is!) In this first of two tea episodes, Anne talks about tea from Camelia Sinesis—the tea plant that produces black, green, and white tea. In this episode you’ll learn everything you want to know about the most common varieties of tea; equipment to brew a great cup; how to brew; how to appreciate the flavors evoked by tea (and how that differs from flavored tea—which are also delicious and wonderful.) Anne teaches a bit about caffeine and bitterness: two factors that are important to understand when considering tea (Anne even walks producer Catherine through a test to learn more about bitter receptors. You’ll want to try this yourself!) To close, Anne offers a “sipping segment,” introducing listeners to The Big Fig—a great tea blend that combines fig, cinnamon, and green tea. Anne selected this tea as a fragrant and savory introduction for the person who wants the benefits of green tea, but might not yet be familiar with the concept of “pleasantly bitter.” (A phrase you will learn and love from this episode.) Mentioned on the show: - Intrigued by some of the teas you heard about on the episode? Try The Big Fig or Razz-ma-tazz or even indulge in a dessert tea like Chocolate Covered Strawberry tea. Want more? We’ve got you covered……. - See all tea selections offered by Red Stick Spice Co. on the website. From single variety to blends to botanicals, we are sure to have a tea you will love. - Did Anne sell you on a tea infuser? What about a glass press for tea? Explore the teaware  at Red Stick Spice Co. so you can pick just the right pot, infuser, or cup for you to enjoy your sipping. - Reminder: next Smidgen episode is about botanical and herbal teas. - Are you in the greater Baton Rouge area? Come visit our shop and look forward to the Barista-led tea bar that will open inside our store soon! - Did your ears perk up at the mention of a tea class, led by Anne? Red Stick Spice Co. offers a variety of classes—even some online classes (we’re talking to you, worldwide Smidgen listeners!) Check the calendar and find a Red Stick Spice Co. class for you. - We are so excited for our C’est Si Bon subscription boxes! Get the goodness of Red Stick Spice Co. each month with a C’est Si Bon subscription—each box contains a curated tea in addition to a full size spice and a local product. Makes an amazing gift. C’est Si Bon! Listen to the episode for a Red Stick Spice Company discount code, special for you, our Smidgen listener. We want to know if you tried the tonic test and what exactly you learned about tea in this episode Let us know! Hit us up on any of the Red Stick Spice Co socials, including Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.
51:44 04/08/2021
Poultry Power from the Pantry
Here we are, back with our ol’ pal CHICKEN! This reliable protein finds the way onto many of our dinner tables (for lots and lots… and lots of meals.) With all this poultry, it could be easy for chicken to be boring or even a chore. Anne Milneck, chef and owner of Red Stick Spice Co. has some things stored in the pantry to let chicken be the star of dinner. Long time listeners of Smidgen know that Anne might even joke about the most convenient forms of the bird (we’re looking at you, boneless skinless chicken breasts!) and there is a lot to learn about the various cuts of chicken, since each portion requires different things for cooking. Anne offers some teaching about what to expect and how to prepare whole chickens; thighs; breasts; and even (gasp!) chicken tenders. Listen to this episode to get a new perspective how to prepare chicken if that’s what is on the menu. Next Anne shares five items to stock up on (and understand!) if you want to keep chicken interesting. You’ll know how to create new and exciting recipes night after night with Anne’s five pantry staples. Finally, this episode features some of the staffers of Red Stick Spice! Right from the shop floor, you’ll get the skinny on what home cooks like you are looking for, and how the staff helps solve any chicken quandary that comes up. Mentioned on the show: - This is a chicken recipe to get excited about! Cashew chicken coconut meatballs with curried tomato sauce. Oh yum!  Get the recipe here on the Red Stick Spice Co. blog and be sure to catch Anne making this dish on Facebook Live. - Anne gives a shout-out to the Zuni Method Chicken. There is a whole post about Sunday Roast Chicken which features a detailed description and recipe. - Brine! We’ve got you covered with a dry brine or wet brine. - Did your ears perk up when you heard about a Kale Caesar Salad? Perfect with chicken, maybe this hearty salad will become a part of your weekly meals. - Spice is nice! Especially for chicken, here are some of the blends to try: bold Barbacoa is your new BBQ flavor with a twist. Mole blend delivers Latin flavors. You heard it more than once: it’s Nashville Hot Chicken! Ow! - Did you hear the staff mention Fixin' Chicken spice blend? They all seemed to love it-- we think you will, too. - Avocado oil is your poultry friend. Welcome back to Madras spice blend and Garam Masala. - We are so excited for our C’est Si Bon subscription boxes! Get the goodness of Red Stick Spice Co. each month with a C’est Si Bon subscription—it is so, so good. Makes an amazing gift. C’est Si Bon! Listen to the episode for a Red Stick Spice Company discount code, special for you, our Smidgen listener. What did you think of these pantry staples? Did this give you a new view of chicken? Let us know! Hit us up on any of the Red Stick Spice Co socials, including Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.
58:47 04/01/2021
2 Cooking Ruts (and How to Get Out of Them)
It happens to everyone—don’t panic—and there is hope to escape. We’re talking about cooking ruts. Even Anne, a chef and foodie pro, has known a rut or two in her time and assures us it’s not just the pandemic that is causing this bout of malaise. In this episode, Anne diagnoses two common cooking ruts and gives specifics on how to get out. Anne details how to take your most successful meals—the mainstays, the favorites—and make strategic swaps to give new life to your staples that you don’t want to forgo. You’ll get new ideas for the regulars that are sure to return the spark to your meal planning. Do you know your base palate? This mental experiment is sure to give you food for thought and explain some of your habits and tendencies for your cooking. Anne walks producer Catherine through the concept of a base palate—try it yourself to get some insight about how your base palate might inadvertently lure you into a cooking rut. Finally, Anne suggests how following a recipe can actually be a step to breaking free of a cooking rut and set you back on a happy cooking path. Mentioned on the show: - To the letter! Try Ottolenghi’s Seared Salmon with Pine Nut and Currant Salsa. Watch Anne prepare this dish on Red Stick Spice Co’s Facebook Live. - Anne gave Ottolenghi’s cook book Jerusalem a shout-out; learn more on Ottolenghi’s website. - Inspired to try Anne’s swaperooni? Red Stick Spice Co. has some fabulous flavored oils, including Roasted Garlic Avocado Oil. Experimenting with acids? Select a balsamic to compliment your meal. - Intrigued by the Taco Tuesday blend Anne mentioned? Or adding cinnamon to savory beef stew? There are so many Red Stick Spice Co. spice blends to choose from—you can also find beautiful saffron threads for the Seared Salmon with Pine Nuts and Currant Salsa. We have a spice for you! - Anne drew some inspiration from Deb Perelman of Bon Appetit in a post (authored by Kelsey McKinney.) Read the post, titled, I Fell Into a Deep Cooking Rut—Here’s How I Got Out. - We are so excited for our C’est Si Bon subscription boxes! Get the goodness of Red Stick Spice Co. each month with a C’est Si Bon subscription—it is so, so good. Makes an amazing gift. C’est Si Bon! Did you need this ep? Have you been in a cooking rut as of late? Did you get some unstuck ideas from the show? Let us know! Hit us up on any of the Red Stick Spice Co socials, including Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.
31:07 03/25/2021
The Right (Kitchen) Tool for the Job
It’s the equipment episode of Smidgen!  It’s not just food that goes into meal preparation. Anne takes us on a tour of the kitchen—from smallwares to the stove to the oven to electrical tools—everything we use to be amazing home cooks. Since Anne just spent the pandemic building out a 2,000 ft teaching kitchen, she’s got lots of thoughts about what goes into a kitchen that serves the needs of cooks who are making meals for families daily. Want to learn how your oven works? Anne has a couple tests you can perform at home to identify hot spots, broiler quirks, true heat and more. Do you need to outfit someone’s kitchen or you want to know what items are the best multi-taskers? Anne shares the smallwares that get the job done (and if you don’t love tongs now, you will by the end of the show!) You’ll learn how to manage heat (and why it’s so important for cooking.) Finally, Anne introduces the Monogram line of ranges and ovens that she selected for the Red Stick Spice Co teaching kitchen and why she took the plunge. To cook, Anne’s got Rosemary Chicken Pizzettas—so tasty and you can make tonight! Mentioned on the show: - Red Stick Spice Co. Rosemary Chicken Pizzettas. Watch Anne prepare the pizzettas on Facebook Live! - Try the bread in the oven test to discover the hot spots (or not spots). An oven thermometer (even an inexpensive one) will show if your oven temp is true. - Whip up some cupcakes to experiment with the convection setting on your oven.   - Listen back to Smidgen, Season 1 to hear more about your Instant Pot. - Learn more in store about Staub cast iron; pick up a microplane; sneak around the shop and count exactly how many pairs of tongs Anne has stashed at Red Stick Spice Co. - Curious about what the Red Stick Spice Co. teaching kitchen? Peek some pictures here on the blog. Experience it for yourself with a class at Red Stick Spice Co. - We love Monogram and think you will, too. Visit the Monogram website here. - We are so excited for our C’est Si Bon subscription boxes! Get the goodness of Red Stick Spice Co. each month with a C’est Si Bon subscription—it is so, so good. Makes an amazing gift. C’est Si Bon! Listen to the episode for a Red Stick Spice Company discount code, special for you, our Smidgen listener. Did this episode get you excited about any kitchen equipment? Did you buy a bevy of tongs? How about cooking the Pizzettas? Let us know! Hit us up on any of the Red Stick Spice Co socials, including Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.
55:20 03/18/2021
Dinner Dinner in a Hurry Hurry
The pandemic impacted so many families’ eating routines, but one thing that never changes is the need to get dinner on the table quickly. Quick dinners that are hot, nutritious, and delicious are always in demand, no matter what the current circumstances.   How much of fast dinners is hype? What can we keep in the pantry to make quick dinners easier? How do we keep fast dinners from getting boring (or plunging us into a cooking rut?) All these questions and more answered on this episode of Smidgen, the podcast of Red Stick Spice Company. Host Anne Milneck shares tips and strategies to help the home cook get ready to make fast dinners, even multiple times a week. Special this episode: we hear from Meredith Waguespack, CEO of Sweet Baton Rouge, as she describes the dinner situation in her home. As a business owner and Mom, Meredith experiences the need for dinner in a hurry often—you’ll likely recognize some of your own situation after hearing from Meredith. To close the show, Anne walks us through a true, for-real 30-minute dinner that is as delicious as it is fast: Easy Chicken Tikka Masala. This one is sure to become a staple in your home. Mentioned on the show: - Red Stick Spice Co. Easy Chicken Tikka Masala. Watch Anne prepare Easy Chicken Tikka Masala on Facebook Live! - Explore the Red Stick Spice Co. selection of spice blends as you pull fast dinners together. All things Indian use the flavors of Garam Masala—fragrant and savory. - Test drive a new spice blend on some crispy chickpeas. Anne recommends trying new spices in this yummy chickpea dish—you get to experience the flavor, imagine what else you’d like to try with that blend AND you get a delicious snack. Recipe here. - Anne suggests you try spice blends like Zahtar, Zhug, or Berbere on the chickpeas to get familiar, then bring those spice blends to your other meals. - Thaw the right way! Here’s a post on proper defrost techniques here on the Red Stick Spice Co. blog. - Did you hear our previous Smidgen episode where Anne explains the famous stock bag for your freezer? Listen here (and fall in love with slab grilled cheese, by the way.) - We are so excited for our C’est Si Bon subscription boxes! Get the goodness of Red Stick Spice Co. each month with a C’est Si Bon subscription—it is so, so good. Makes an amazing gift. C’est Si Bon! - Visit our friends at Sweet Baton Rouge and follow on Facebook and Instagram. Thanks again to Meredith for being on Smidgen! - Use Smidgen15 at checkout to save 15% on your purchase, just for Smidgen listeners.  What is dinnertime like in your house? Did you get some new ideas for getting dinner together quickly? Let us know! Hit us up on any of the Red Stick Spice Co socials, including Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.
40:21 03/11/2021
6 Food Trends for 2021
Smidgen is back! The podcast of Red Stick Spice Company, hosted by Anne Milneck, kicks off Season 3 with a dive into some of the best (and most delicious) food trends of 2021. The prior year had people cooking—a lot—and now, this year, folks are getting specific about the brands used; high-quality, top of the line spices and ingredients; and adding fancy touches to go-to weekly dinners (standby for more on that in a moment!) If you want to be ahead of the foodie curve, you’ll get introduced to all these amazing food trends. Big breakfasts are… well, BIG, with homemade, from scratch biscuits, bacon, and eggs (seasoned with French Herbs de Provence or Brunch Spice Blend.) Anne explains how Bannoffee jumped from the Great British Baking Show (in the form of Bannoffee pie) to cake balls, cupcakes, PANCAKES (!) and more. Mocktails, cocktails, and fancy drinks with humble foods are all happening (Anne is the originator of that last trend—y’all take it from here.) Barramundi makes an appearance and the show closes out with all things Smashburger. For you to try at home, Anne walks you through a Smashburger paired with Anne’s twist on a French 75 cocktail. We’re glad to be back and can’t wait to hear what trends you jump on after this episode. Mentioned on the show: - Red Stick Spice Co. Smashburger recipe here. Watch Anne make a Smashburger on Facebook Live and then make one in your home. - Yum up your Smashburgers with BBQ Shrimp Seasoning or try Back Yard Burger Blend - Going big on the BIG breakfast? Cure your own bacon with Prague Powder #1 - It might be a breakfast, but Brunch Spice Blend is waiting for you. - Get in on the Mocktail trend with a delicious strawberry shrub syrup - Use discount code Smidgen15 at checkout for 15% off your purchase—just for Smidgen listeners! Anne is waiting to hear how you are going to hashtag the trend of humble food with extravagant cocktails. Hit us up with what you are enjoying with your Smashburgers on any of the Red Stick Spice Co socials, including Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.
48:20 03/04/2021
Smidgen Season 3 is Coming Soon!
New year, new flavors, by now you probably have some new cooking skills, new favorites AND now—a new season of SMIDGEN, the podcast of Red Stick Spice Co is coming soon. Join your host Anne Milneck—chef, spice girl, and teacher to talk about… the food trends you need to know about (and how to bring these trends to your own table); how to cook for your family NOW; cooking ruts (and how to get out of them); we’re going to take a deep dive into tea—two whole episodes! and SO MUCH MORE. Also new on Smidgen: each episode, host Anne will walk you through a new recipe that you will love. Listen to this home cooking podcast and get inspiration for dinner tonight! We’re ready to have a lot of fun with the new season of Smidgen and you are invited to come along. Check out all of Red Stick Spice Company socials, including Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.
01:08 03/02/2021
Diving Into the Pantry | Bonus Episode with Anne
Quarantine has revealed for many of us the importance of a well-stocked pantry; for some, their pantry was an absolute lifeline in a tough time. Anne Milneck—chef, owner of Red Stick Spice Co., and host of Smidgen— talks on this bonus episode about pantries, staples, and stocking up. How do you make sure you’re stocking stuff you actually use? How can sauces make all the difference for your pantry meal planning? Should you stock up on spices? What do oils and balsamics have to do with a well-planned pantry? What mindset should you have about planning your pantry? All this and more on this episode of Smidgen. Mentioned on the show: - SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Online cooking classes with Anne Milneck! No matter where you are in the world, you can learn from Anne via Zoom. Class listing here: https://www.redstickspice.com/collections/cooking-classes - Curry is a dish that can almost wholly be made with pantry items. Explore all the curry options on the Red Stick Spice Co. website (including some of the spice blends.) - Lentils are another pantry staple that can be made quickly and can host a variety of flavors. There’s a lot about lentils on the Red Stick Spice Co. website: https://www.redstickspice.com/search?q=lentils (There’s also a round-up of 25 bean recipes that can inspire many meals here.) - Your freezer is an extension of your pantry, especially for veggies and meat. Our local butcher is Galen Iverstein, of Iverstein Farms. (Galen was on the very first episode of Smidgen, listen here.) - Get the Essential Spice Starter Set—combine spices from this set to deliver the flavors of the world to your meals. The Essential Spice Starter Set makes an awesome wedding gift or for someone setting up house. - You won’t believe the array of flavors found in the balsamics at Red Stick Spice Co.! Catherine might have got in trouble for chugging blackberry balsamic; Anne touted the strawberry and honey ginger balsamic. - Olive oils (in dark bottles) can store great in a pantry—see the selection of olive oils offered by Red Stick Spice Company here. - Catch Red Stick Spice Company on Facebook Live! Anne and her crew will be cooking live. Follow along or get some ideas for dinner. Red Stick Spice Co on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/redstickspicecompany We invite you to reach out to us with any ideas you have, or just to say hello and check in. Contact us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.
26:22 05/30/2020
Everybody’s Baking | Bonus Episode, Sarah Joy Hays with Anne Milneck
Any peek into foodie social media during quarantine has revealed pictures of beautiful loaves of bread, tales of sourdough, and beautiful cakes and cookies (still warm from the oven.) Everybody is baking! Anne Milneck, intrepid host of Smidgen and owner of Red Stick Spice Company is… how to say it… not an avid baker (she even claims FOF—fear of flour.) That’s why on this special bonus episode of Smidgen, Anne talks with Sarah Joy Hays, baker and proprietor of Counterspace bakery in Baton Rouge. Listen to this episode to learn what bread recipe you could bake today; what resources will help you become a sourdough superstar; Sarah Joy’s must-have piece of equipment for baking; and Sarah Joy’s top tip for becoming a better cake and cookie maker. Mentioned on the show: SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT – Cooking classes by zoom! You can take a class with Anne Milneck of Red Stick Spice Co. online. Register here: https://www.redstickspice.com/collections/cooking-classes Counterspace in Baton Rouge. Website: https://www.counterspacebr.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/counterspacebr/ Sarah Joy drops a lot of resources on the episode including… For sourdough, Sarah recommends Baker Hands. The book A Baker’s Year by Tara Jensen is the sourdough cookbook she suggests. Zoe Bakes is the Instagram of Zoe Francois. Ms. Francois is the author of The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. You can also follow @BreadIn5 on Instagram. Try this bread today! Rolls and buns? Check out Cloudy Kitchen—website and Instagram Didn’t the hibiscus shortbread sound delicious? Red Stick Spice Hibiscus flower is available or try Hibiscus Sugar. In the sugar department, Red Stick Spice Co. also offers Lemon Sugar and Strawberry Sugar (and other varieties, too!) Sarah Joy remarked about Saffron cookies having a wonderful warm quality. Red Stick Spice Company offers saffron in sealed one-gram tins. We really enjoyed making this bonus episode—what did you think? We invite you to reach out to us with any ideas you have, or just to say hello and check in. Contact us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.
31:06 05/28/2020