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Tom Colicchio’s Stuffing, Ironed Toast, and General Goodness

Published November 21, 2023

Getting spirited with comfort food and people we like a lot


This Week’s Marksisms

Food with Mark Bittman: How the Best Chefs and Cooks Do Thanksgiving

Last year for Thanksgiving, we thought it’d be fun to bring back some of our past guests to discuss their thoughts about the holiday, and the traditions that carry on from year to year. Like: Tom Colicchio enjoys lasagna as an appetizer and pork belly in his stuffing (Tom’s stuffing recipe here, though this one is sans pork belly). And Stephen Satterfield and I talked about whether Thanksgiving is worth defending. Also: Nigella Lawson, who enjoys the holiday despite being a Brit (you can listen to our standalone Nigella interview here), and Sheldon Simeon, whose dad calls turkey “devil’s meat” (try some of Sheldon’s recipes, including his Shoyu Dip with Sesame Crunch, here). The conversations run the gamut, from goofy to serious, and you can listen to part two — with Adrienne CheathamSenator Cory Booker, and Sesame Street’s Gonger; plus Marvette Meggett and her late, wonderful mother, Emily Meggett — next week.

Sheldon Simeon’s Garden Poke. Photo: Kevin J. Miyazaki

Follow Food with Mark Bittman on: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Overcast | Pocket Casts | Amazon Music


Finding Fiber

It’s generally agreed that almost everyone in this country needs to eat more fiber (which is kind of the natural Ozempic). A simple piece that describes good ways to add fiber to your diet. Note there are plenty of “holiday-friendly” foods in there.

New (and Better) Dietary Guidelines?

The dietary guidelines may finally start talking about ultraprocessed foods. Not that that will help much as long as most of the foods we produce are ultraprocessed, but it’s something.

Is Food Choice an Illusion?

detailed resource about monopolies in the U.S. food industry, from the Guardian.

A Perfect November Recipe

Photo: Kerri Conan

Presumably many of you have cranberries lying around at this point; so I wanted to draw your attention to a breakfast that would be perfect for next week. Your family, friends, whomever — will thank you.

Ironed Toast with Maple-Cranberry Compote

Waffles make brunch feel special. Cooking French toast in a waffle iron is even more special, since you still get all the nooks and crannies but don’t have to fuss with a batter. Some technical tips: The festive compote can be cooked up to a week ahead and stored in the refrigerator (ditto any that you don’t eat right away). Choose whatever bread you like, keeping in mind that fluffier, rich slices like brioche or challah will cook up softer than hearty bread like those that include whole grains. English muffins are a nice option, too. I encourage you to cook extra; leftovers reheat and crisp beautifully in the toaster straight out of the freezer.

See ya next week!