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Jun 20, 2019

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 bore a new, modern name: Sheet Pan Suppers. The “new” and “trending” adoration lofted on these meals made Anne a bit bemused, and (with tongue in cheek) cranky.

On this episode of Smidgen, Anne tries to get to the bottom of where this trend started and why it holds sway over much of social media. First up is Molly Gilbert, author of Sheet Pan Suppers, who gives her thoughts about why sheet pan suppers are so popular, and shares her tips on how to pull off an amazing sheet pan meal. Next Anne draws upon Lili Courtney, cooking instructor, who has led a dozen Skillet & Sheet Pan classes at Red Stick Spice Company. Lili explains some of the techniques for sheet pan suppers and offers her thoughts as to why we’re all talking about them. To deepen her “investigation” Anne turns to social media expert Chelsey Blankenship and Erin Bowling (of the @eatbatonrouge Instagram account) to explore how trends ebb and flow, and the role of “influencers.” (Spoiler alert: we’re being influenced.)

To cap it all off, Anne heads over to the Red Stick Spice Company Test Kitchen with store staffer Sara to actually make a sheet pan supper! Carrot tacos emerge from the oven on sheet pans, totally photo-worthy, and delicious (a fabulous use of Red Stick Spice Company’s Taco Tuesday seasoning.)

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