Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s first Thanksgiving, at a colleague’s house in New Hampshire, was a shock—a good one. “I’d never seen such a big bird before,” the Alsace-born chef behind New York City’s Jean Georges recalls. Back in his kitchen, Vongerichten took the American stuffing basics and reconfigured them. This dressing, which he prefers to cook outside the bird, takes an unexpected form.
A good loaf of cranberry-nut bread from a bakery has so much flavor that there’s no need to trick it up with lots of ingredients. As the pudding bakes, the bread becomes almost custardlike, with a crispy brown top.
Star Ingredient: Quercus Umbriae Giudia Artichokes
If cooks were asked to name the vegetables they find most intimidating and time-consuming to prepare, artichokes would surely top the list. Marinated artichoke hearts from Umbria in central Italy solve the problem: No trimming, cooking or choke removal is required.