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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 home cooking podcast of Red Stick Spice Company. Join host Anne Milneck as she talks about food, home cooking, how to use spices, and the joy of making flavorful meals that your whole family will love. You'll also get to follow Anne into the Red Stick Spice Test Kitchen for a live cooking session that will give you the meal inspiration you're looking for. 

Mar 11, 2021

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 matter what the current circumstances.  

How much of fast dinners is hype? What can we keep in the pantry to make quick dinners easier? How do we keep fast dinners from getting boring (or plunging us into a cooking rut?) All these questions and more answered on this episode of Smidgen, the podcast of Red Stick Spice Company.

Host Anne Milneck shares tips and strategies to help the home cook get ready to make fast dinners, even multiple times a week. Special this episode: we hear from Meredith Waguespack, CEO of Sweet Baton Rouge, as she describes the dinner situation in her home. As a business owner and Mom, Meredith experiences the need for dinner in a hurry often—you’ll likely recognize some of your own situation after hearing from Meredith.

To close the show, Anne walks us through a true, for-real 30-minute dinner that is as delicious as it is fast: Easy Chicken Tikka Masala. This one is sure to become a staple in your home.

Mentioned on the show:

- Red Stick Spice Co. Easy Chicken Tikka Masala. Watch Anne prepare Easy Chicken Tikka Masala on Facebook Live!

- Explore the Red Stick Spice Co. selection of spice blends as you pull fast dinners together. All things Indian use the flavors of Garam Masala—fragrant and savory.

- Test drive a new spice blend on some crispy chickpeas. Anne recommends trying new spices in this yummy chickpea dish—you get to experience the flavor, imagine what else you’d like to try with that blend AND you get a delicious snack. Recipe here.

- Anne suggests you try spice blends like Zahtar, Zhug, or Berbere on the chickpeas to get familiar, then bring those spice blends to your other meals.

- Thaw the right way! Here’s a post on proper defrost techniques here on the Red Stick Spice Co. blog.

- Did you hear our previous Smidgen episode where Anne explains the famous stock bag for your freezer? Listen here (and fall in love with slab grilled cheese, by the way.)

- We are so excited for our C’est Si Bon subscription boxes! Get the goodness of Red Stick Spice Co. each month with a C’est Si Bon subscription—it is so, so good. Makes an amazing gift. C’est Si Bon!

- Visit our friends at Sweet Baton Rouge and follow on Facebook and Instagram. Thanks again to Meredith for being on Smidgen!

- Use Smidgen15 at checkout to save 15% on your purchase, just for Smidgen listeners. 

What is dinnertime like in your house? Did you get some new ideas for getting dinner together quickly? Let us know! Hit us up on any of the Red Stick Spice Co socials, including FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.

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