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Nichelle Newsletter Podcast

Nichelle Newsletter Podcast

By Nichelle Stephens
Hosted by Nichelle Stephens, this podcast covers food, pod culture, social commentary and whatever’s streaming on the internet.
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August 01, 2022
Cheez-Its and Inflation
I talk about inflation, EssenceFest, and Cheez-Its
July 05, 2022
Pregaming for Summer
I talk about Mexican pizza from Taco Bell, smash burgers and Pecos Bill.
June 01, 2022
Jasmine and Manicotti
I talk about buckwheat pancakes, manicotti, and ramps
May 03, 2022
Raves are better than rants.
I talk about things I like. Check out for the scarves I like. Listen to the Yacht Soul playlist that I found on Spotify,
April 19, 2022
Veggie Restaurant Franchise
I talk about my trip to NYC, bachelorette parties and the need for a veggie restaurant franchise. Here’s the link for my dinner party playlist
April 11, 2022
No Irish Tacos or Balsamic Vinegar
I talk about Balsamic Vinegar, pimento cheese, house shopping and more
March 15, 2022
Beans, Grays, Fries and More
Start with a base layer of food before drinking. I made a sauce. Make refried beans and share French Fries when eating out with friends.
March 08, 2022
Grits and things
I read an excerpt from South to America by Imani Perry. I also talk about disordered eating and food poisoning. Fun show!
February 28, 2022
Dreams Don’t Have Deadlines
I talk about cold soup like Borscht, pesto, sun-dried tomatoes and more. Kat Kinsman on sundried tomatoes.
February 19, 2022
Clever and Love Bombing
In this episode I talk about words like clever and lovebombing.
February 06, 2022
Food Trends, Wendy and Bridget
I talk about food trends for 2022, the disconcerting silence about Wendy Williams health and Bridget Everett’s new show on HBO Max. Check out the cookbook, Cooking Solo by Klancy Miller.
January 19, 2022
Domestic workers until 1977
I wish I were in a Paloma coma. In this episode., I talk about the book I got for Christmas, Black Food by Bryant Terry.  Check out my free newsletter on Substack, Nichelle Newsletter.
January 11, 2022
New Year’s Eve Eve
In this episode I talk about affective forecasting, new year expectations and making collard greens. Check out my newsletter,
December 30, 2021
To Have And To Hold: A Wedding Reception
STORYTIME:  I attended the wedding reception of Jessica Cutler who was notorious for her book The Washingtonienne in December of 2008 .   Coincidentally Chris Noth of SATC was at the Church Lounge of the Tribeca Grande with Brooke Shields.  The only food content in this  mini episode is the photo of the wedding cake.
December 14, 2021
Coquito and Gift Giving
Coquito is not eggnog. Eggnog is not coquito. Happy Hanukkah! I would love some latkes and some horchata. It’s cookie baking time.
November 29, 2021
A Carrot Kugel
I am working on a gift guide for food lovers. I made a carrot kugel. I highly recommend Burlap & Barrel and Spicewalla for spices.  Check out local artisan markets for holiday gifts.  Make creamed leeks for Thanksgiving. Check out my newsletter, Nichelle Newsletter.
November 16, 2021
Don’t Call Me Baby or Sweetie
What a week! I made a casserole with ravioli and meat sauce. I found purpose with mini flour tortillas and I had a braised beef sandwich with a Cheerwine glaze. My rant is about how I don’t like being called ‘baby’ or ‘sweetie’ by guests at the restaurant where I work.
October 26, 2021
Fall Flavor Bombs
I talk about fall flavors that are not pumpkin spice and I rant about people who brag about not having a “sweet tooth”. Check out my newsletter at
October 14, 2021
Drunken serving energy
I talked about drinking
October 09, 2021
Autumnal gourds and low talkers
In This episode I talk about gourds like Candy roaster squash, decorating for the fall and low talkers
September 24, 2021
Vodka is the basic bitch of spirits
When did Tito’s become everyone’s choice of vodka? Why is pumpkin spice season early? I want to make granola.
August 29, 2021
Honey Don't Dew It
In this episode, I talk about Hard Mountain Dew, fountain sodas, coffee vs espresso and more.  High on the Hog has been renewed for a season 2.  Check out Brooklyn Delhi online.  I highly recommend the Curry Ketchup. Buy Shannon Mustipher's tiki cocktail. Read my food and culture newsletter, Nichelle Newsletter.
August 11, 2021
Delta and Orange Juice
I got the Covid via a breakthrough infection.  I lost my sense of taste and smell.  Listen to the latest episode of Code Switch where Ashley C. Ford talks about her memoir, Somebody's Daughter. Read my newsletter, Nichelle Newsletter.
July 30, 2021
Chicken Nuggets, Cocktails and Cool Whip
In this episode, I talk about chewing gum, chicken nuggets, cocktails in a can and more.
July 16, 2021
Tuna salad and jazz
What’s in Subway tuna? Why is there a wing shortage. Thighs are better. Take food out of racial slurs.
June 23, 2021
Sauce Shortage and Hot Chicken
Check out the latest issue of Nichelle Newsletter and read this essay by Dr. Cynthia Greenlee about hot chicken. Hard seltzer is everywhere Uber Eats cleaned up last year with nearly 5B in revenue in 2020.
May 18, 2021
Snacking cakes and humanity
I got my second dose today. Yesterday I baked a snacking cake. We have to recognize everyone’s humanity. I talk about where I want to travel for food.
April 21, 2021
Ketchup Inflation and other Condiments
Ketchup packets cost 13% more since January 2020.  In this episode, I talkabout mayo, mustard, aioli and other condiments. Buy Mike's Hot Honey packets for 19.99 plus shipping Get Brooklyn Delhi's Curry Ketchup Check out Yellowbird's sauces
April 07, 2021
Moving to the Country, Eat A Lot Of Peaches
Georgia is known as the Peach State, but South Carolina is number one with peach production. Georgia is number 2 for blueberry production. Check out Rodney Scott's book, Rodney Scott's World of BBQ: Every Day Is a Good Day: A Cookbook Support the New Georgia Project. Read the latest issue of Nichelle Newsletter.
March 30, 2021
Eyes Too Big For Stomach
In this episode, I talk about leftovers, meal prep and disordered eating.  I also don't want to talk to people so much.  Say less.  Communicate more.
March 22, 2021
Ranch and Ramen
Loving ranch dressing is not a personality.  Saweetie's Ranch Spaghetti sparked a debate online.  The origin of ranch dressing. Ramen seasoning packets are great on popcorn in my opinion. Anti Asian violence is awful. Listen to the latest episode of Yo, is this Racist? podcast. The best apology is changed behavior.
March 06, 2021
The Subtle Bitterness of Grapefruit and Black Contemporary Art
I highly recommend reading the book, Bitter: A Taste of The World's Dangerous Flavor by Jennifer McLagan.  Read about the Golden Age of Grapefruit   Recipes Links: Aioli (substitute grapefruit juice for lemon) Grapefruit liqueur (like Limoncello) Also, check out the documentary about Black Art on HBO Max.
February 26, 2021
In this episode, I talk about fish frys, catfish and Lent.  Soul Food by Adrian Miller Popeye's Cajun Flounder Sandwich
February 16, 2021
Red Drink For All
In this episode, I talk about hibiscus tea, kobo, red Kool-Aid. I recommend reading Adrian Miller's book, Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine.
February 10, 2021
Cake By The Pound Cake
This episode is all about pound cake.   Adrian Miller's Book,  Soul Food Edna Lewis' Book, Taste of Country Cooking. Food52 Vanilla pound cake recipe Pioneer Woman pound cake recipe.
February 01, 2021
Food Trends 2021
I talk about food trends, delivery apps and more. Read about food and culture on my newsletter,
January 24, 2021
Soul Food
I talk about McDonald's and Soul Food. Check out the latest issue of my newsletter, Nichelle Newsletter. Read Marcia Chatelaine's book, Franchise, The Golden Arches in Black America. Read Adrian Miller's book, Soul Food, The Surprising Story of American Cuisine.
January 18, 2021
Connect the dots
You know what I am talking about.
January 11, 2021
New vs Next
Talking about the new year and managing expectations.
December 29, 2020
Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas
T shirt from http://raygunsite .com Podcasts mentioned: Gaining Ground and Election Profit Makers
December 24, 2020
Sweet Potato Latkes
21 days to Christmas. I will make sweet potato latkes again. Check out my gift guide in Nichelle Newsletter. I highly recommend Jimmy Dean Sage Sausage. Check out Trump and Pence are coming to Georgia this weekend. Someone at the White House should change all the locks while they are out of town.
December 04, 2020
Comfort over Luxury
I choose comfort over luxury. Tomorrow is not promised.   Tony Hsieh passed away. Cyber Monday Giving Tuesday.  Check nonprofits on Guidestar.
November 30, 2020
No Nuance November
I drop some hot takes.
November 23, 2020
Being Corny and Optimistic is Courageous
I am reading President Barack Obama's memoir, " A Promised Land' and I have thoughts.
November 18, 2020
Get Out Of My Wallet
Stop Telling People What To Do With Their Money.  I have it had it up to here with rich people telling others what they should do with their money.
November 12, 2020
The Tantric Election
Finally, we get a release. However there’s so much work to do.
November 08, 2020
Remember the 5th of November.
Watch the Queen’s Gambit and get the cookbook, Sheet Pan Chicken by Cathy Erway. I am worried about the election of Greg Gianforte to governor in Montana. He’s the epitome of #Trumpism.
November 05, 2020
Hoping for clarity
November 2. Pre-gaming for Election Day.
November 03, 2020
November 1st Podcast
Welcome to 30 days of podcasts! NaNoWriMo.
November 02, 2020
Thoughts and comedy
Talking and standup comedy
October 30, 2020
The Throwback Thursday Episode
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
I used the app, Timehop, to take us on a guide to the recent past of my tweets and photos from the last 15 years. I mentioned Eric Molinsky and he has a podcast called Imaginary Worlds. Also, I added a song by The Smyrk.
October 22, 2020
Lenny and Mariah
I talk about Lenny Kravitz and Mariah Carey’s memoirs which I am listening to on
October 19, 2020
Despite the news in metro Atlanta area, it was easy for me to vote in Savannah.  Line moved fast and it was seamless.  
October 13, 2020
Just wanted to hop in for a sec.
Talking about Mariah Carey’s memoir and early voting in Georgia.
October 12, 2020
Bring Your Own Cutlery
In this episode, I talk about the Go-Gos, since I watched the documentary on Amazon Prime. I lament the lack of all-girl bands.  Then I talk about food. I love over easy eggs for breakfast.  I think you should make your pumpkin spice mix.  I also talk about outdoor eating etiquette and fizzy water. Links: Fizzy Water: Outdoor eating etiquette:
September 28, 2020
We Have The Meats
I talk about meat, especially chicken.
September 19, 2020
Go Season Your Food (Updated)
I left off a segment so I am republishing it. Listen for the extra 10 minutes.
September 03, 2020
Go season your food
In this episode, I ramble on about my favorite spices.   What's your top five favorite spices?  My five are salt, pepper, cumin, garlic, powder and smoked paprika. I recommend Penzey's Spices.  I talk about MSG and the way it was slandered by racism.  The opening ditty comes Heather (@hebontheweb), a #TikTok creator with a great voice and sense of humor. Check on Helen Rosner's article in New  Yorker about MSG. 
September 02, 2020
Food Diary and Comedy tips.
I talk about the food I cook and eat.  I mention the cookbook Dinner De Ja Vu by Jennifer Hill Booker. Then I did standup comedy and I gave you some tips on how I organize my set.
August 28, 2020
In Frosting We Trust
This episode is about cupcakes and the democratization of desserts. Check out Heather Saffer’s cookbook, The Dollop Book of Frosting.
August 18, 2020
Casserole Cray Cray
This episode is all about casseroles.  I talk about some people's favorites and what makes a good casserole. I tell the story of me judging a casserole competition one year and two years later winning the competition, BTW, I mention the cookbook, Casserole Crazy, by my friend Emily Farris.
August 01, 2020
Testing out the new mic
A midweek episode. I talk about Obama’s last WHCD, making comedians laugh, the end of the Federal Unemployment Payment, and how wearing masks have ended smelling other people’s bad breath. Sign up for this newsletter. My cash app $NichelleSt
July 22, 2020
Voices and Spaces
I talk about John Lewis, Selma, the Voting Rights Act and on a lighter note, the Freestyle Love Supreme Documentary.
July 20, 2020
Jokes or maybe just premises
This whole episode is me talking about my jokes. It might be funny. I am performing standup comedy next week at an outdoor show.
July 13, 2020
Red white and blue chicken salad
I talk about fireworks (again) Venmo, capitalism, ice cream flavors for a la mode and my recipe for red, white and blue chicken salad. My Venmo handle is @niche.
July 04, 2020
Hard seltzer is malt liquor.
Season your food. Build a better bar at home. Hard seltzer is a scam. Aperol Spritz is the summer cocktail.
June 30, 2020
Trending topic: Fireworks
I am not a conspiracy theorist but I am concerned about the fireworks. The Department of Treasury needs to get these counterfeit bills. Eric Andre’s Netflix special is hilarious and watch Roy Wood Jr’s special, Father Figure.
June 25, 2020
Juneteenth episode
I talk about Juneteenth. Read Toni Tipton Martin’s book, The Jemima Code.
June 18, 2020
Just a couple of days
I talk about reparations and Black Capitalism but on a lighter note, food waste. Subscribe to the newsletter,
June 15, 2020
Listen to the babies. I talk about Black people and food media.
I have a newsletter where I curate some articles about food. You can subscribe at
June 09, 2020
Next caller. No GOP convention in Savannah
Savannah is a small town. August is hurricane season. There’s no way Savannah can handle the Republican convention.
June 09, 2020
Waiting for reparations and mods
I talk about a new podcast Waiting for Reparations, ordering fast food with mods, quotes I like. I also put my chef friend JP Fillion on the spot about restaurants.
June 04, 2020
Two Mondays
I talk about farmer’s market in mall, online retail, brick and mortar stores, HBO Max, the documentary #OnThe Record, the movie #HighNote, and more.
June 01, 2020
A Little Adjustments
In this episode, I talk about the shows I am watching and how we all need to make little adjustments.
May 12, 2020
Nature sounds of my family’s backyard
Wind chimes
May 04, 2020