BONUS EPISODE: DIVING INTO THE PANTRY

Posted on June 03, 2020 by Anne Milneck | 0 comments

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.

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- 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 FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.

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BONUS EPISODE: EVERYBODY'S BAKING

Posted on June 03, 2020 by Anne Milneck | 0 comments

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.

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Sarah Joy drops a lot of resources on the episode including…

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 FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.

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BONUS EPISODE – UPPING YOUR COOKING SKILLS

Posted on May 25, 2020 by Anne Milneck | 0 comments

All this home cooking everyone has been doing either reveals your cooking skill limitations or inspired you to take thinks up to the next level. How can you become a better cook? What skills should every home cook improve right now? (And how can we improve our cooking skills?) Anne Milneck—chef, owner of Red Stick Spice Co., and host of Smidgen—tells us what are the top skills every home cook should know and how to improve them right away. Catherine O’Brien (Smidgen producer) gets Anne to talk about food presentation and plating (a pet topic of hers after watching so much Smidgen cooking.) For fun, Anne closes the show by sharing recipes and cooking challenges for the beginner, intermediate, and experienced home cooks.

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  • Make a curry! WARNING—you may find yourself making curries weekly once you get hooked on this dish. Versatile, easy, delicious—change the spices, change the dish. Work with a variety of veggies and proteins to make amazing curries. Try Chicken Curry in a Hurry to get started; explore all the curry options on the Red Stick Spice Co. website (including some of the spice blends.)
  • Soup season lasts 365 days. Award winning Summer Squash soup to handle the “squash situation” that lots of gardeners are experiencing now. Did we mention this soup won Anne an award?
  • Talk to your local butcher wherever you live. Our local butcher is Galen Iverstein, of Iverstein Farms. (Galen was on the very first episode of Smidgen, listen here.)
  • Change the profile of some of your favorite meals with Smoked Tomato Blend, a rich and aromatic spice blend that brings zest and dimension to sauces, chilis, soups, and more. Let Smoked Tomato Blend do some of the heavy lifting on taking your dishes to the next level.
  • Catch Red Stick Spice Company on Facebook Live! Anne and her crew will be cooking live. Follow along or get some ideas for din din. 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 FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.

Hear all Smidgen episodes on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Podcasts, Pandora, or your browser, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.

BONUS EPISODE – COOKING WITH THE KIDDOS

Posted on May 21, 2020 by Anne Milneck | 0 comments

Parents with children of all ages, we see you! Right now, this very moment, you’re probably preparing food for the folks in your home. On this bonus episode of Smidgen, the podcast of Red Stick Spice Company, host Anne Milneck and producer Catherine O’Brien talk about the extra home cooking lots of parents are doing now. How can you use this time to get kids involved in cooking and meal prep? What can skills and experience can older kids learn now? What are some kid-friendly recipes to add to the rotation? All this and more on this episode. 

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Bonus Episode – COVID-19: A Special Message from Anne Milneck

Posted on March 19, 2020 by Anne Milneck | 0 comments

If you are hunkered down, practicing social distancing, and maybe wanting a little comfort, we have a little Smidgen bonus for you. Anne Milneck, host of Smidgen and owner of Red Stick Spice Company talks (remotely) with producer Catherine O’Brien. Anne shares her thoughts on why heading to the kitchen is a good idea right now, and can even be a source of joy in stressful times. Anne also has a unique perspective in our current circumstance: Anne’s son Clay has a chronic illness that requires extra care and consideration. Anne hit up Clay’s gastroenterologist Dr. Casey Chapman with a few questions that provides valuable information for all of us, especially folks who want to help #flattenthecurve. Finally, Catherine quizzes Anne about being a small business owner in uncertain times; Anne comes back with ideas for supporting your favorite small businesses and highlights the creativity and innovation that can arise from unusual circumstances.

We invite you to reach out to us with any ideas you have, or just to say hello and check in. 

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Smidgen Season 2, Episode 7: Updating Vintage Recipes

Posted on January 08, 2020 by Anne Milneck | 0 comments

We’re throwing it back here on the Season Two Finale of Smidgen to some vintage recipes that are making a comeback. Do you have memories from your young days of parents pulling out “fancy” china for entertaining and making certain dishes that are for special occasions only? Smidgen Host and Owner of Red Stick Spice Co. Anne Milneck speaks with Lili Courtney about some of these dishes, and our intrepid chefs give some makeovers to chicken tetrazzini, hummingbird cake (Southern Living Magazine’s number one, most viewed recipe EVER!), 70’s style cocktail meatballs (served in a crock pot, OF COURSE, with a sidecar of rainbow colored toothpicks), seven layer salad, and trifle.

Part trip down memory lane, part tasty food analysis, Anne and Lili update vintage tastes to our modern palette. Inspired by their conversation, Lili and Anne head over to the Red Stick Spice Co. Test Kitchen and update cocktail meatballs and whip up a hummingbird cake trifle. 

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  • Lili is sharing her meatball recipe for you to try and wow your friends and family
  • Now’s the time to get the trifle dish out of the back shelf for Hummingbird Cake Trifle OR serve in individual glasses (like a stemless wine glass or a martini glass)
  • Shhh! Don’t tell anyone it is store bought ice cream! Anne’s Mother’s Romanoff sauce is cool and delicious
  • The original Southern Living Hummingbird Cake Recipe is on their website here
  • Ooh la la, customer favorite Champagne Pear Chardonnay Vinegar makes a grand appearance in the cooking segment
  • Capital Heights Spice is versatile, full of shallots, citrus, and nutritional yeast. Plus, it’s salt-free
  • We enhance all the flavors of the Hummingbird Cake with the Red Stick Spice Co. Pumpkin Pie Spice (banana loves cardamom!)
  • Listen to the episode for a Red Stick Spice Company discount code, special for you, our Smidgen listener.

Did this episode inspire you to update your own favorite vintage recipes? Also, this is the last episode of Season Two—we’ll miss you while we’re away, but we would love to know if there’s anything you want to hear about on Season Three. Tell us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.

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ANNE & LILI COOK HUMMINGBIRD CAKE TRIFLE & MEATBALLS 

ANNE & LILI DISCUSS VINTAGE RECIPES

Smidgen S2 Ep6: Just a DASH of Salt

Posted on January 01, 2020 by Anne Milneck | 0 comments

Lots of customers discover Red Stick Spice Company after being given the directive to reduce salt consumption. What better place than our shop to reduce salt without losing flavor? We also hear talk of the DASH Diet—a little bit “Baton Rouge famous” due to research and development at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. To learn more, we’re joined by Renee Puyau, Registered Dietician at Pennington. Renee explains how DASH was originally developed for hypertension, but also supports other health benefits, too. Since DASH is fruit and veggie heavy, Renee gives lots of tips for how to get more servings into each day. (Friendly reminder: this episode is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice.)

Host and Owner of Red Stick Spice Company Anne Milneck takes what she learns from Renee into the Test Kitchen to make a flavorful chicken cutlet using Zahtar. The salt is scant but the taste is plentiful due to Zahtar’s distinct zing—sumac, sesame seeds, and citrus zest come together for a bright flavor that will keep you from missing the salt. The Zahtar chicken is topped with a lush green parsley salad (get those veggies in!) making for a DASH-friendly, quick to prepare dinner.

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Did we win you over with Zahtar? Did you already know about DASH? We want to know! Tell us about it on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.

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ANNE & CAMERON COOK ZAHTAR CHICKEN

ANNE MILNECK & RENEE PUYAU DISCUSS THE DASH DIET  

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