Smidgen Podcast 007: Good Reason to Gather

Posted on July 25, 2019 by Anne Milneck | 3 comments

Want to do something today that will positively impact your health, relationships and overall happiness? Of course, for all of us, the answer is yes. And it’s as simple as preparing a meal and enjoying it with friends and family.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker Leslie Todd joins us on Smidgen to talk loneliness, isolation and how those factors affect mental health. Anne and Leslie talk about the role of electronics in our lives and how our devices are keeping us from forming close, interpersonal connections.

Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, Leslie offers simple tips for re-connecting by taking advantage of experiential learning—like Red Stick Spice Company cooking classes. After the interview, Anne heads to the kitchen with store staffer Sara to cook up Roasted Cauliflower with Capers, Walnuts and Yogurt.

Here’s a list of the links we mentioned in the podcast:

  • Anne and Sara chat about all the ways this dish makes for an excellent choice when entertaining or inviting friends over. Serve it as an app or side dish. It’s also an excellent main dish for Vegetarians on your guest list.
  • We roasted the cauliflower with our Harissa Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a sprinkling of Zhug. We make use of our All Natural Avocado Oil and White Balsamic Vinegar in the tangy cauliflower topping.
  • Be sure to read more about Anne’s take on the importance of gathering—she’s built her entire business around this one simple act that pays dividends in health and happiness.
  • Be sure to learn more about Leslie Todd and her business Strategies for Change.
  • Leslie mentioned the importance of putting experiential learning on your calendar. Consider our Cooking Classes as a delicious way to connect with others. Leslie also mentioned dance classes and recommended Olli courses as well. For our Baton Rouge friends, find Olli courses at LSU For listeners outside Louisiana, contact local universities in your area to find Olli courses.
  • Leslie also recommended reaching out to a trusted loved one, mentor, school or church leader if you’re concerned with feelings of isolation or loneliness. You can connect with mental health professionals in your area via the Psychology Today website.
  • Learn more and contact Leslie Todd on her website



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3 Responses

Anne Milneck
Anne Milneck

July 30, 2019

Hi M. From NOLA,

Thank you so much for these kind words. So happy to hear that you loved the Roasted Cauliflower – it is one of our very favorite dishes at the moment. Episode 7 is the last of Season 1 for Smidgen, but Season 2 is already in the works and it’s going to be delicious! Please continue to listen and give feedback. We appreciate and value it.

Happy cooking!

M. from NOLA
M. from NOLA

July 30, 2019

I am happy to relay that the whole family enjoyed roasted cauliflower, even if we didn’t use the lovely Red Stick Spice Company ingredients. What WAS used was extra virgin olive oil, Sicilian salt, and coarse black pepper. Today, it was noted that roasted cauliflower is good even cold, straight out of the refrigerator. Thanks, Anne, for the inspiration! Have a beautiful afternoon and God bless.

M. from NOLA
M. from NOLA

July 30, 2019

Anne, I am SOOOO enjoying these podcasts. This one was excellent with the discussion about introverts/extroverts. Some of my young adult children are quite interested in the dynamics of social interaction, so this podcast was a winner all around. Baton Rouge blessed to have you AND Leslie there!

I have cauliflower in the refrigerator. Although I don’t have all of the Red Stick “yummies” to make the recipe as above, I will use your roasting method for cauliflower with tomorrow’s dinner. I can’t wait to try it. i thought your comment about Betty Crocker and 350° was amusing.

Please, PLEASE keep making Smidgen Podcasts and the accompanying videos. This is one of the few places I regularly “tune into”. Thanks and have a lovely afternoon!

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