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Nov 14, 2019

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 Stick Spice Company recently certified as a Milk Street Cooking Classes Partner Location. Milk Street is a media company founded by Christopher Kimball, focusing on cooking fundamentals and developing delicious flavor profiles.

To share the Milk Street way, we are joined on Smidgen by Milk Street Education Director Rosemary Gill. Rosie is a wealth of information on how to use spices, bringing maximum flavor to your cooking, the difference between being a recipe-follower and an improv cook. Rosie explains some tips and techniques for using spices that you can try today. (Cue the cooking segment!)

After the interview, Anne heads to the kitchen with Lili Courtney to cook up Crispy Chickpeas, Two Ways, using the very approach discussed by Anne and Rosie.

Smidgen is a finalist in not one but two categories in the Discover Pods Awards! Please vote Smidgen today for Best New Podcast 2019 and Best Arts Podcast. Voting closes November 18, 2019, 6PM EST.

Mentioned in the podcast:

  • We took Rosie's list of essential spices (with Anne's addition of onion and garlic) and created The Essential Spice Starter Kit. Start or refresh your spice rack; The Essential Spice Starter Kit makes an excellent gift.
  • Serving suggestions for the chickpeas include being served as a crisp salad topping; an elegant garnish for hummus; an accompaniment to a cheese board; enjoy a handful as a quick snack!
  • Try Red Stick Spice Company’s All Natural Avocado Oil. Neutral flavor, high smoke point, great for cast iron cooking; a kitchen staple.
  • The spice blends we used on the chickpeas: Garlic Maple Rub (Lili’s choice) and Berbere Spice (Anne’s spicy and flavorful choice.) Experience the flavor of fenugreek in this blend. You’ll love the Berbere blend in a pot of lentils or on our Berbere Chicken. It does wonders for a pan of spiced Pecans!
  • Learn more about Milk Street here. If you're traveling to Boston, check out a Milk Street Cooking Class. Browse all of Milk Street's partner locations so that you can enjoy a Milk Street class no matter where your travels take you.
  • If you're spice-curious and in the Baton Rouge area, our 60 Minute Spice Master class is a must for you. Just one hour to full spice transformation!
  • Listen to the episode for a discount code exclusive to Smidgen listeners.


Be sure to reach out to Red Stick Spice Company on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.

Final item of exciting news: Smidgen is now available on Pandora! As we kick off Season 2, you can always go back and revisit all of Season 1 on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.  Smidgen is the podcast of Red Stick Spice Co.