MD: What are some of your favorite dishes that are holiday staples in your family?
AC: I like to cook something new every year, but I still have a few dishes on standby. Often, I’ll make a pork ragu or glazed short ribs because anything that’s stewed or braised over time is actually better when it’s prepared a couple days in advance when all the flavors blend together. This year, I think I’m going to do a short rib, and then I’ll also make a fish dish.
AC: Gabby, did you know Nate doesn’t eat fish, never ever?
NB: No, never. No seafood, nothing. Ew.
MD: Not even sushi?
NB: No, god no. That’s like Fear Factor.
AC: I’m going to turn you into a fish lover.
NB: No, never. [Laughs.]
AC: But anyway, if I’m going to make a fish, I don’t want to make something that’ll stink up my house, so it’ll be a slow-roasted salmon or a slowly roasted cod. Something that can be made in the oven and dressed up at the end.
NB: And for me, I want as classic as classic can be. Like, if you’ve ever landed on a Marie Callender’s menu—that’s what I want to eat in my own house at Christmastime. I want turkey, stuffing, and ham—preferably ham that has honey in it somehow. I’m not quite sure how you do that, but people like Athena and Jeremiah know. I want to see butter, mashed potatoes, and more butter. I want all of that stuff that is absolutely terrible for you. I want to wake up on the 26th of December and not recognize myself in the mirror.