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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.

Smidgen Red Stick Spice Company

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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.

    Instant Pot Glow Up: Fall Back in Love with Your Instant Pot

    Instant Pot Glow Up: Fall Back in Love with Your Instant Pot

    Did we fall out of love with the Instant Pot? How long has it been since you’ve used your Instant Pot? Anne Milneck (Chef, Smidgen host, INSTANT POT USER and owner of Red Stick Spice Company) thinks it’s time to revisit your Instant Pot and give this multi-purpose tool a glow up.  The Instant Pot is so good at what it does… with a few considerations (that Anne goes over in this episode. Spoiler alert: the Instant Pot can be your meal prep secret weapon. More in the episode.)
    Three brand new recipes are featured in this episode for you to try in your Instant Pot. Anne brings one trending recipe; one rice recipe; one meal-prep friendly bean dish—all ready to be made in your Instant Pot. This episode is going to help you fall back in love with your Instant Pot AND provide you some outstanding meals, too.
    Recipes and Products Mentioned on the Episode - Everyone’s talking about them: Birria Tacos—made in the Instant Pot: https://blog.redstickspice.com/recipe/instant-pot-birria-tacos/
    - Basmati Jeweled Rice featuring savory harissa: https://blog.redstickspice.com/recipe/instant-pot-basmati-pilaf/
    - Emma’s Refried Pinto Beans from the Instant Pot: https://blog.redstickspice.com/recipe/instant-pot-refried-beans/
    - Read the Red Stick Spice Company blog post on re-falling in love with your Instant Pot: https://blog.redstickspice.com/instant-pot-glow-up/
    - Here’s the Atlantic article that gave Anne some insight with what’s happened to the Instant Pot business:  https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2023/06/instant-pot-bankrupt-private-equity/674414/
    - Are you trying some meats in your Instant Pot? Try Red Stick Spice Company’s Cuban spice rub: https://www.redstickspice.com/products/cuban-spice-rub
    - Anne made Basmati Jeweled Rice with the harissa paste from New York Shuk: https://www.redstickspice.com/products/new-york-shuk-harissa-pastes
    - Want to share Smidgen podcast with someone who might appreciate knowing these recipes? Please do! Easy link to share: https://pod.link/1465606357
    - How do I get the Red Stick Spice Company newsletter with recipes and cooking ideas? Sign up for our newsletter here.
    Tell us about you getting back into your Instant Pot! Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app. Follow Red Stick Spice Co socials, including Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Smidgen is the award-winning podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.

    • 34 min
    What is the Best Food to Serve at a Graduation Party?

    What is the Best Food to Serve at a Graduation Party?

    The month of May is jammed packed! If you are going to multiple graduation parties Anne Milneck (Chef, Smidgen host, and owner of Red Stick Spice Company) feels ya! Anne knows the parties can pile up—you may even be hosting multiple parties through this grad season. What is a busy home cook to do?
    Enter the nearly foolproof graduation party menu from Red Stick Spice Company. Anne has put together a practical selection of dishes that allows you to make ahead most of the party menu, allowing you to go right from the ceremony to the festivities. You are going to love all the “feed a crowd” dishes Anne suggests, allowing you to celebrate your graduates and throw a fabulous party.
    Recipes and Products Mentioned on the Episode ·      -  Read Anne’s new blog post all about hosting a graduation party: https://blog.redstickspice.com/host-a-grad-party/
    ·       - Anne admits the “pulled meat” section maybe could have a snappier name, but one thing you can’t argue with: Big Daddy’s Smokehouse Blend is the right spice for chicken or beef: https://www.redstickspice.com/products/big-daddys-smokehouse-blend
    ·       - Wow your crowd with a platter of grilled corn elote: https://blog.redstickspice.com/recipe/elote/
    ·       - We are once again calling upon you to make some Ina recipes, including farro salad; overnight mac and cheese; THE perfect chocolate cake
    ·       - It’s peak strawberry season, so grad party or not, why not make a gorgeous and delicious strawberry shortcake? https://blog.redstickspice.com/recipe/strawberry-shortcakes-with-rooibos-infused-berries/
     
    - Want to share Smidgen podcast with someone who might appreciate knowing these recipes? Please do! Easy link to share: https://pod.link/1465606357
    - How do I get the Red Stick Spice Company newsletter with recipes and cooking ideas? Sign up for our newsletter here.
    Congrats to the grads! Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app. Follow Red Stick Spice Co socials, including Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Smidgen is the award-winning podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.

    • 25 min
    What is the Best Mother's Day Breakfast I Can Make?

    What is the Best Mother's Day Breakfast I Can Make?

    Make a beautiful, manageable breakfast for Mom! Anne Milneck (Chef, MOM, and owner of Red Stick Spice Company) has a wonderful menu that you or family members (ESPECIALLY teens or tweens) can make to celebrate Mother’s Day. We all cherish memories of children earnestly preparing bowls of cereal… but if you’re ready for a slightly more advanced Mother’s Day breakfast menu, this episode for you.
    Hearty pancakes (or waffles); berries with an Earl Grey Crème simple syrup; crispy candied bacon; egg bites and more make this an enviable breakfast plan that everyone is going to love. Happy Mother’s Day!
    Recipes and Products Mentioned on the Episode ·       Read Anne’s new blog post all about the Mother’s Day breakfast menu here: https://blog.redstickspice.com/mothers-day-breakfast-in-bed/
    ·       Earl Grey Crème is one of Red Stick Spice Company’s most popular teas—perfect to make with a simple syrup: https://www.redstickspice.com/products/earl-grey-creme
    ·       Did you know Red Stick Spice Company has a Brunch spice blend? https://www.redstickspice.com/products/brunch-spice-blend
    ·       Make cruffins! https://blog.redstickspice.com/recipe/easy-cardamom-cruffins/
    - Want to share Smidgen podcast with someone who might appreciate knowing these recipes? Please do! Easy link to share: https://pod.link/1465606357
    - How do I get the Red Stick Spice Company newsletter with recipes and cooking ideas? Sign up for our newsletter here.
    Don’t forget to make Overnight Mac & Cheese and drop some Lemon Bars off for Anne to try (or at the very least, take pics and tag @redstickspice.) Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app. Follow Red Stick Spice Co socials, including Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Smidgen is the award-winning podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.

    • 20 min
    For the Home Cook: What Ina Garten Recipes Should I Try First?

    For the Home Cook: What Ina Garten Recipes Should I Try First?

    Attention, Barefoot Contessa fans—Anne Milneck (Chef and owner of Red Stick Spice Company) is back as an Ina Garten superfan on this episode of Smidgen to share some solid recipes, perfect for the home cook to try out. (Please note: this episode has several homework assignments, including making Overnight Mac & Cheese and Lemon Bars.)
    Home cooks: If you are looking for approachable yet refined recipes that will please your family and guests alike this episode will get you on the right track. Host Anne’s passion for these recipes will inspire for a week’s worth of family meals—at least!
    Recipes and Products Mentioned on the Episode ·      Read Anne’s new blog post all about Ina Garten here: https://blog.redstickspice.com/more-ina-garten-inspired-recipes/
    ·      Take the class! Inspired by Barefoot Contessa (one of Red Stick Spice Company’s MOST POPULAR classes!): https://www.redstickspice.com/collections/cooking-classes/products/barefoot-contessa-inspired
    ·      Try Sel Gris or Fleur de Sel to brighten your dishes
    ·     Interested in rimming a glass for a sip? Explore Red Stick Spice Company’s infused sugars here: https://www.redstickspice.com/collections/infused-sugars
    ·      Ina’s Overnight Mac & Cheese—a must-try: https://blog.redstickspice.com/recipe/inas-overnight-mac-cheese/
    ·      A take on Charlie Bird’s Farro Salad (yummy and a chance to try farro!): https://blog.redstickspice.com/recipe/farro-salad-with-herbes-de-provence/
    ·      Anne shares the secret to CRISPY chicken in this Orzo and Crispy Chicken dish: https://blog.redstickspice.com/recipe/crispy-chicken-cutlets-with-lemony-orzo-feta/
    ·      Are you intrigued? Lemon Bars with a salty shortbread to balance the sweet: https://blog.redstickspice.com/recipe/lemon-bars-with-salted-shortbread-crust/
    - Want to share Smidgen podcast with someone who might appreciate knowing these recipes? Please do! Easy link to share: https://pod.link/1465606357
    - How do I get the Red Stick Spice Company newsletter with recipes and cooking ideas? Sign up for our newsletter here.
    Don’t forget to make Overnight Mac & Cheese and drop some Lemon Bars off for Anne to try (or at the very least, take pics and tag @redstickspice.) Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app. Follow Red Stick Spice Co socials, including Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Smidgen is the award-winning podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.

    • 30 min
    Indulge in Elegance: How to Create a Perfect Afternoon Tea Setting in Your Own Home

    Indulge in Elegance: How to Create a Perfect Afternoon Tea Setting in Your Own Home

    People love enjoying an Afternoon Tea. While it is less of a regular event in the United States, many people, including Anne Milneck—host of Smidgen, and chef/owner of Red Stick Spice Company—have fond memories of special tea outings.
    Did you know you can enjoy a special Afternoon Tea at home with family or friends? On this episode of Smidgen, Anne shares tips on how to pick the teas to serve your guests; how to put together a savory course, a scone course, and a sweet course (and recipes OF COURSE to accompany your tea.)
    FOR MOTHER'S DAY: Enjoy a Mother's Day Afternoon Tea at Red Stick Spice Co. Register Here: https://www.redstickspice.com/products/mothers-day-afternoon-tea
    Read the blog post on hosting an Afternoon Tea: https://blog.redstickspice.com/recipes-for-a-3-course-afternoon-tea/
    Links for Teas to Consider for an Afternoon Tea ·       Earl Grey Creme: https://www.redstickspice.com/collections/tea-teaware/products/earl-grey-creme-tea
    ·       Earl Grey Lavender: https://www.redstickspice.com/collections/tea-teaware/products/earl-grey-lavender-tea
    ·       English Breakfast: https://www.redstickspice.com/collections/tea-teaware/products/english-breakfast-tea
    ·       Rooibos: https://www.redstickspice.com/products/rooibos-tea
    ·       Vanilla Rooibos: https://www.redstickspice.com/collections/tea-teaware/products/vanilla-rooibos-tea
    ·       Biscotti Rooibos: https://www.redstickspice.com/collections/tea-teaware/products/biscotti-rooibos-tea
    ·       Chamomile: https://www.redstickspice.com/collections/tea-teaware/products/chamomile-tea
    ·       Traditional Masala Chai: https://www.redstickspice.com/collections/tea-teaware/products/traditional-masala-chai-tea
    ·       Herbal Chai: https://www.redstickspice.com/collections/tea-teaware/products/herbal-chai-tea
    Dishes to Prepare for Your Afternoon Tea ·       Parsnip Soup: https://blog.redstickspice.com/parsnip-soup-recipe/
    ·       Hummus: https://blog.redstickspice.com/how-to-make-the-best-homemade-hummus/
    ·       Cucumber Sandwiches: https://blog.redstickspice.com/recipe/cucumber-sandwiches/
    ·       Spanakopita (Spinach Phyllo Triangles): https://blog.redstickspice.com/recipe/spanakopita-triangles/
    ·       North African Chicken Hand Pies, B'stilla (pronounced "past-ee-ya"): https://blog.redstickspice.com/recipe/moroccan-bstilla-with-harissa-mayo/
    ·       Scones: https://blog.redstickspice.com/the-best-scone-recipe/
    ·       Lemon Curd (store bought is fine)
    ·       Clotted Cream (store bought is fine)
    ·       Strawberry Sauce: https://blog.redstickspice.com/strawberry-sauce-recipe/
    ·       Blueberry Ginger Compote: https://blog.redstickspice.com/blueberry-ginger-compote-recipe/
    ·       Shortbread Cookies: Check out Anne’s shortbread roundup here: https://blog.redstickspice.com/roundup-shortbread/
    ·       Mole Chocolate Cookies: https://blog.redstickspice.com/recipe/mole-spiced-cookies/
     - Want to share Smidgen podcast with someone who might appreciate knowing these recipes? Please do! Easy link to share: https://pod.link/1465606357
    - How do I get the Red Stick Spice Company newsletter with recipes and cooking ideas? Sign up for our newsletter here.
    Pinkies up! Please share pics from your Afternoon Teas and tag Red Stick Spice Co. Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app. Follow Red Stick Spice Co socials, including Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Smidgen is the award-winning podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.

    • 29 min
    When Do I Use Fresh Herbs and When Do I Use Dried Herbs?

    When Do I Use Fresh Herbs and When Do I Use Dried Herbs?

    If you have questions about using dried herbs or fresh herbs in your home cooking, this informative Smidgen episode is for you. Anne Milneck—host of Smidgen, and chef/owner of Red Stick Spice Company—answers the top two questions she gets asked about dried vs. fresh herbs (can you guess what they are?) plus Anne spotlights a bounty of recipes that will give you a chance to experience some dishes where fresh herbs get to shine and some dishes where dried herbs excel. Trust us—you are going to want to try every recipe she shares (links below!)
    The ultimate herb resource-- here's Anne's blog post on dried herbs vs. fresh herbs: https://blog.redstickspice.com/understanding-spices-dried-vs-fresh-herbs/
     
    Where can I get dried herbs? ·       Herbes de Provence Blend: https://www.redstickspice.com/products/herbes-de-provence-blend
    ·       Sunny Herb Blend: https://www.redstickspice.com/products/sunny-herb-blend
    ·       Greek Oregano: https://www.redstickspice.com/products/greek-oregano
    ·       Mexican Oregano: https://www.redstickspice.com/products/mexican-oregano
    ·       Tarragon: https://www.redstickspice.com/products/tarragon
    Herb superb recipes to try at home ·       Compound Butter: https://blog.redstickspice.com/compound-butter/
    ·       Anne’s VERY favorite, Cassoulet: https://blog.redstickspice.com/cassoulet-recipe/
    ·       Big batch Enchilada Sauce: https://blog.redstickspice.com/homemade-enchilada-sauce-recipe/
    ·       Fall in love with Sunny Herb Vinaigrette: https://blog.redstickspice.com/sunny-herb-vinaigrette/
    ·       Chermoula Recipe: https://blog.redstickspice.com/chermoula-recipe/
    ·       Chimichurri Recipe: https://blog.redstickspice.com/chimichurri-recipe/
    ·       Mango Salsa: https://blog.redstickspice.com/mango-salsa-recipe/
    ·       Orecchiette with Wilted Greens: https://blog.redstickspice.com/orecchiette-with-wilted-greens/
    ·       Tarragon Chicken Salad: https://blog.redstickspice.com/tarragon-chicken-salad-recipe/
    - Want to share Smidgen podcast with someone who might appreciate knowing these recipes? Please do! Easy link to share: https://pod.link/1465606357
    - How do I get the Red Stick Spice Company newsletter with recipes and cooking ideas? Sign up for our newsletter here.
    Tag Red Stick Spice Company in your parsley or cilantro bouquet posts! Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app. Follow Red Stick Spice Co socials, including Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Smidgen is the award-winning podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Mom2kandk ,

Great podacst about cooking and eating together!

I loved Season 1 of Smidgen and can't wait for Season 2. Anne has a passion for teaching others to cook and shares a lot of tips on getting a healthy dinner on the table for everyone to share.

Lori AKA Food Junkie ,

Love this podcast!

So excited to listen to the first podcast & looking forward to those to come! Ann makes home cooking fun, exciting & doable. You can tell she has a passion for what she does

Rerechester22 ,

Love!!

Thoroughly enjoyed the informative interview and yummy recipe on the first episode! I love the new podcast and can’t wait to try the Spatchcock chicken. Looking forward for what’s next on the menu!

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