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Smidgen

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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 segmen… read more

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Thanksgiving Sides are the Best Part of the Meal: 1 Day Until Thanksgiving

November 23rd, 2022

6:56

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 …

Time to Make Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie: Day 2 Thanksgiving Countdown

November 22nd, 2022

4:32

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 …

Brine the Turkey, Make Ahead Gravy: Day 3 Thanksgiving Countdown

November 21st, 2022

7:12

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 …

Shake Vinaigrette, Cook Cranberry Sauce: Day 4 Thanksgiving Countdown

November 20th, 2022

4:29

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 …

Prep Pie Crust and Cookie Dough: Day 5 Thanksgiving Countdown

November 19th, 2022

6:30

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 …

5 Spices to Add to Your Spice Rack

November 9th, 2022

33:44

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 …

3 New Ways to Use Olive Oil

November 3rd, 2022

34:25

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 …

4 Sheet Pan Suppers You Haven't Tried

October 27th, 2022

27:58

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 …

3 Lessons from Julia Child

October 20th, 2022

21:51

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 …

3 Types of Cooks - Which One Are You?

October 13th, 2022

34:03

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 …

5 Pantry Staples to Stock Right Now

October 6th, 2022

21:07

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 …

How Do You Appreciate a Good Tea? SoGo Tea Bar

June 9th, 2022

43:13
Tea is tasted through an activity called cupping, where tea is sipped at various temperatures and is assessed for color, aroma, and finally taste. …

Blackening: Flavor or Cooking Technique?

May 26th, 2022

38:05
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 …

Gluten Free Baking Inspiration

May 19th, 2022

34:53

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 …

Hop On That Meal Train

May 12th, 2022

39:35

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 …

Salt n Pepper Here

May 5th, 2022

25:27

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 …

Brine Time Anytime

April 28th, 2022

33:59

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 …

Rollin' in the Pizza Dough

April 21st, 2022

37:15
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 …

Pathway: A Tribute to South Louisiana

March 7th, 2022

41:31
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 …

Local Love

April 22nd, 2021

41:15

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 …

Refresh and Restore – Herbal Teas

April 15th, 2021

37:58

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 …

Enjoy the Joy of Tea

April 8th, 2021

51:44

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, …

Poultry Power from the Pantry

April 1st, 2021

58:47

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 …

2 Cooking Ruts (and How to Get Out of Them)

March 25th, 2021

31:07

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 …

The Right (Kitchen) Tool for the Job

March 18th, 2021

55:20

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 …

Dinner Dinner in a Hurry Hurry

March 11th, 2021

40:21

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 …

6 Food Trends for 2021

March 4th, 2021

48:20

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 …

Smidgen Season 3 is Coming Soon!

March 2nd, 2021

1:08

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 …

Diving Into the Pantry | Bonus Episode with Anne

May 30th, 2020

26:22

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 …

Everybody’s Baking | Bonus Episode, Sarah Joy Hays with Anne Milneck

May 28th, 2020

31:06

Any peek into foodie social media during quarantine has revealed pictures of beautiful loaves of bread, tales of sourdough, and beautiful cakes and …

Upping Your Cooking Skills | Now's the Time

May 22nd, 2020

30:47

All this home cooking everyone has been doing either reveals your cooking skill limitations or inspired you to take things up to the next level. How …

Cooking with the Kiddos | Bonus for all the families

May 20th, 2020

23:55

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 …

A Special Message from Anne Milneck | Home Cooking and Connections

March 18th, 2020

21:27

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) …

Vintage Recipes Revisted | Anne Milneck with Lili Courtney plus Cocktail Meatballs and Hummingbird Cake Trifle

January 9th, 2020

55:24

S2E7 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 …

Just a DASH of Salt | Renee Puyau Plus Zahtar Chicken

January 2nd, 2020

42:31

S2E6 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

Local Food: Why We Need Small Farms | John Cotton Dean, Allison Guidroz, plus Eggplant Parm Burgers

December 12th, 2019

1:00:49

S2E5 “Local food” is a term we hear more and more. It feels good to say, it seems to capture the spirit of an ideal we would like to uphold. Looking …

Jellies are My Jam (and Peppers, Too) | Ashley Andermann plus Blackberry Pepper Jelly

December 5th, 2019

59:53

S2E4 A large pot, the smell of sugar and fruit (and maybe some peppers) filling the air, plus stirring—lots and lots of stirring. Homemade jams, jellies and preserves are all the rage. Our friend Ashley Andermann of

It’s Thanksgiving Time | Anne Milneck plus Cast Iron Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

November 26th, 2019

48:19

S2E3 Happy Thanksgiving! Food, memories, family—on this episode of Smidgen, host Anne Milneck explores each of these elements as she tries to get to the bottom of a childhood Thanksgiving memory she has about a turkey …

How to Use Spices, Part II | Anne Milneck plus Garam Masala Molasses Cookies

November 21st, 2019

43:55

S2E2 We are getting to the bottom of a question heard daily at Red Stick Spice Company: How do I use spices? Last week, Smidgen hosted Rosemary Gill from Milk Street for her take on using spices. In this episode, …

How to Use Spices, Part I | Rosemary Gill plus Crispy Chickpeas, Two Ways

November 14th, 2019

50:33

S2E1 We are back with Smidgen, Season 2, ready to bring you fabulous food and in-depth interviews plus several items of exciting news. Up first, Red …

Smidgen Podcast Season 2 Launches Soon

November 11th, 2019

1:18

S2E0 Smidgen, the podcast of Red Stick Spice Company will be back with Season 2 very soon! We have some wonderful guest interviews to share with you …

Now We Gather | Leslie Todd, LCSW plus Roasted Cauliflower with Capers, Walnuts, and Yogurt

July 25th, 2019

1:05:15

S1E7 Now we gather. This simple motto carries a deeper meaning beyond the first glance, its significance can be experienced by preparing a meal and enjoying it with family and friends. Licensed Clinical Social Worker …

Stock Options | Stock, Broth, Curried Tomato Bisque and Slab Grilled Cheese

July 18th, 2019

54:39

S1E6 There are a couple kitchen skills that are worth learning (and some that can have a huge impact on your home cooking), and Smidgen host Anne Milneck is here to tell you that making stock and broth at home can be a …

Cook the Book | Mary Stein of East Baton Rouge Parish Library System plus Salted Dark Chocolate Cake

July 11th, 2019

1:05:45

S1E5 If you want to be a better cook, we have a free resource for you that is enriching, abundant, and may have been as-of-yet overlooked. Your public library is a wealth of information—sure, they have cook books, but …

In an Instant (Pot) | Bruce Weinstein plus Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

July 3rd, 2019

1:09:21

S1E4 Maybe you got it as a gift, maybe you bought it on a whim, but if you have an Instant Pot electric pressure cooker that is still in the box, this is the episode of Smidgen for you! (If you are an Instant Pot …

Its Called Baking | Sheet Pan Suppers and Carrot Tacos

June 20th, 2019

1:19:24

S1E2 It started innocently enough on foodie social media. Smidgen host and owner of Red Stick Spice Company Anne Milneck noticed pretty pictures posted of baked dinners, but now this classic method of preparing dinner …

Scratch vs Store Bought | Bonus

June 19th, 2019

5:57

Bonus: Smidgen launched last week and we’ve been amazed with the response! Thank you to everyone who is listening, sharing, and reviewing the show. You can hear Episode 1 of Season 1 on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google …

Tastes Like Chicken | Farm to Shop Butcher and Peruvian Spatchcock Chicken

June 13th, 2019

41:32

S1E1 Welcome to Smidgen, the podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.! “What can I do to make boneless, skinless chicken breasts taste better?” is the question heard day in and day out at our retail location in Baton Rouge, LA. …

Introducing Smidgen - The Podcast of Red Stick Spice Company

May 22nd, 2019

1:05

S1E0 Somewhere between a pinch and a dash is a smidgen, and when it comes to cooking, a smidgen can make all the difference. Introducing Smidgen, the podcast of Red Stick Spice Company. Host Anne Milneck is a chef, head …

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