Food Network Sponsored Content
I work closely with the sponsored content division at Scripps Interactive, and have contributed to branded campaigns for The Food Network, The Food Channel, and HGTV through development, concepts, high-level and body copy, food and prop styling, and photography. For these recent infographics, I did:
- Recipe Development
- Most Styling and Photos
Sponsored Content: Food Network & Starbucks
Coffee Helps Make Your Holiday Brunch Merry and Bright
Whether you’re trying to make more time for family, or create a new tradition with your most cherished friends, a festive brunch is a wonderful way to bring people together during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. With a little planning—and, of course, enough coffee—hosting a holiday brunch is easy!
Planning Your Menu
Brunch is best when you offer sweet and savory options, including some sort of egg dish, and plenty of coffee. Beyond that, feel free to get creative with your menu planning. If you’re cooking for a crowd this year, preparing family-style brunch dishes can help save you time in the kitchen so you can spend more time at the table with family and friends. A frittata, quiche or egg casserole is a great when made ahead of time. And tried-and-true breakfast combinations — bacon, potato and egg; French toast, cinnamon and cream cheese — are easily transformed into casseroles that can be prepared the night before and warmed in the oven when your guests arrive. To save even more time, sausage and bacon can be cooked in the oven so you’re not hovering over a frying pan, and fresh fruit can be chopped and refrigerated until you’re ready to serve.
Start with a Festive Blend
Coffee is a great way to share the warmth of the holidays with those who matter most. And your coffee selection should reflect the season. This year, look for festive options like Starbucks® Holiday Blend coffee. Welcome home the holidays with this blend of bright Latin American and smooth Indonesian coffees. Sweet and layered, ever elegant sip celebrates the joy of the season. It’s like a little taste of merriment for everyone’s cup. For perfect coffee, start with high quality beans. Be sure to use fresh, cool water along with the proper grind setting for your coffee maker. And always check the package for instructions and brewing proportions. For Starbucks® coffees, the suggested ratio is 2 tablespoons of coffee for every 6 fluid-ounces of water.
How to Pair Perfectly
There’s a simple trick to perfect pairings for your holiday brunch table: just look at the tasting notes on the coffee package. For example, Starbucks® Holiday Blend coffee is a crowd-pleasing blend that’s sweet and balanced with sweet maple notes, so it would pair equally well with a potato-and-egg breakfast casserole with fresh sage, or French toast with maple syrup. With flavored coffees, like Starbucks® Peppermint Mocha coffee, consider what flavors complement the more unique flavor, peppermint. Think: chocolate chip pancakes or a coffee cake. Coffee cake is also a great match for Starbucks® Pike Place® Roast coffee, which features subtle notes of cocoa and toasted nuts.
Setting the Table
With coffee mugs, juice and water glasses, and family-style entreés, a brunch table can get pretty crowded. Keep things bright with minimal dishware and skip the candles (it’s daytime after all). When it comes to festive table decor, opt for a simple centerpiece. A single arrangement of seasonal wild flowers always works, or mix things up by filling small glass jars with trimmed winter buds or fresh cold-weather herbs, like sage.
Focus on Memories, Not Meals
Remember that everyone understands the holidays are a hectic time. The most important thing is making memories with those you hold dear. No one is going to judge you for picking up some beautiful pastries and brewing a fresh pot of Starbucks® Holiday Blend coffee. After all, everyone loves the smell of coffee, so simply brewing it is a quick way to transform your home into a warm, welcoming place this holiday season.
Just make sure you have enough coffee on hand, because once they smell it, everyone is going to want a cup—or three!
Sponsored Content: Frigidaire & Scripps Networks
5 Ways to Spend Less Time in the Kitchen This Thanksgiving
If you’ve ever hosted Thanksgiving, you know that planning is key! In fact, having a good plan means you get to spend time enjoying dinner, too. This year, throw in some extra preparation, and time-saving appliances, and you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time where it matters most: at the table with family and friends.
1. Prep, Prep, Prep the Day Before
Use the day before Thanksgiving to get as much prep done as you possibly can. Brine your turkey (if you haven’t already), boil potatoes, and peel and chop all of your vegetables. You can also make the cranberry sauce and even assemble most of your sides and refrigerate them for cooking the next day.
2. Don’t Wait Around for the Oven to Preheat
No matter how much planning and prepping you do, Thanksgiving tends to be a chaotic day (even if it’s good chaos). If things get off to a late start in the kitchen, a quick preheat feature can help you catch up. With the Frigidaire Gallery®, the oven is ready to go in just minutes, helping you get your Thanksgiving dinner ready on time even when things run behind.
3. Maximize Your Oven Space
This is where that planning comes in handy! With a turkey, sides, bread, pies and more, it’s important to know who’s going to need the oven when and at what temperature. And since the turkey needs to rest for a while before it’s carved, you can use that time to warm casseroles and other side dishes. Some items, like rolls, can stay warm enough sitting on top of the stove for a short while. If you have a double oven, like the Frigidaire Gallery® Double Electric Wall Oven, even better. Two separate oven compartments mean you can have two temperatures going, and four racks offer enough room for everything — even your crazy aunt Barb’s weird sauerkraut casserole. The best part? Everything comes out of the oven at the same time, even and delicious!
4. Use a Remote Meat Thermometer to Keep Things Cooking
Did you know that every time you open the oven to check the turkey’s temperature, you let out warm air, dropping the oven temp and adding cook time to your Thanksgiving dinner? Use a remote digital thermometer — or even better an oven equipped with an internal temperature probe, like the Frigidaire Gallery® Freestanding Electric Range — that will let you know exactly when that bird is cooked to perfection (which is 165ºF, by the way).
5. Take Advantage of Your Oven’s Warming Feature
Once your Thanksgiving dishes are done, it’s important to keep them warm until you’re ready to serve. The FDA recommends keeping cooked dishes at an internal temperature of 140ºF or higher. So, whether you’re waiting on a straggler who’s running late with the stuffing or you want to mingle with your guests over some drinks before the meal, a keep warm feature will ensure you won’t have to run into the kitchen every five minutes to make sure your holiday feast isn’t burning.
If you’re looking for an oven that can help you be more efficient this Thanksgiving, and all year long, look no further than the Frigidaire Gallery® Double Electric Wall Oven and the Frigidaire Gallery® Freestanding Electric Range. These time-saving appliances feature Quick Pre-Heat, True Convection, and One-Touch Keep Warm settings.
I came up with the idea for, named, and designed the logo for Stockyard Sounds, a public radio concert series from KCUR's young friends group, Generation Listen KC. The series is held in Kansas City's historic West Bottoms district, and features local performers.