It’s that time of year when a jolly, white-haired icon makes a list and checks it twice. No, not Santa Claus. We’re talking about Guy Fieri. The human lava lamp shared a list of his favorite holiday things with the New York Post, and incredibly, donkey sauce is nowhere to be found.
Dry-aged ribeye: “There’s nothing that beats dry-aged meat,” Fieri told the Post. “The dry-aging reduces the amount and intensifies the flavor — focusing on quality, not quantity.”
White truffles: “The only way to justify buying and having a big white truffle is to blame it on the holidays!”
Snow: “Growing up in Northern California, I’ve only seen snow at Christmas maybe twice in my life! I was always jealous of my cousins on the East Coast with their white Christmases. I would love to see my kids experience that. We always have sleds standing by at the ranch!”
Fieri’s reason for enjoying dry-aged beef is a bit odd. Yes, it does come with concentrated, intense flavor, but quantity isn’t really a concern. Go to a steakhouse and order a dry-aged cut. You’re going to have plenty of red meat to fill you up. As for white truffles, prices have seen a steep decline, so they’re a little easier for Fieri to justify year-round.
The expert in all things related to diners, drive-ins, and dives is dreaming of a white Christmas, and there may be good news on that front too. Thanks to climate change, the West Coast could see a big increase in annual snowfall by the end of the century. That might be too late for Fieri and his kids, but future generations of kulinary kewl dudes could be in line for snowy holidays in California.
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