Good morning. It’s Rodent Day, and, whether the rodent bites the mayor or flees its shadow, winter will continue until March 20 and tomorrow will dawn like this day and like the next day. Manager Harold Ramis understood this, as have many of us who have weathered the pandemic at home for the past 23 months. It can be hard to stay motivated!
Serving others can help. Even thinking of others can help. For example, today is Ina Garten’s birthday – she’s 74 years old – and if you can’t or won’t bake a cake for her, you can still celebrate by making her according to the recipe. mashed potatoes with lemon (above) with a roast chicken and her charred carrots with orange and balsamic vinegar for dinner. (Although maybe not tonight, but you can make her awesome coquilles St.-Jacques.)
Alternatively, you can introduce a new recipe this evening to please the people you feed. I like Melissa Clark’s turkey soup for that. Or, if you have a few hours, you can put together a brand new menu from David Tanis: a curly specialty salad with Gruyehrare and egg to begin, followed by Roast pork ribs with sage, dates and radishand a tangerine flan for dessert.
And then maybe you can make Genevieve Ko’s new recipe for ricotta lemon pancakes for breakfast tomorrow? There’s something wonderful about what a hot breakfast can do for the mood. Who needs a restaurant? You built one at home!
Other recipes I’m reviewing here midweek include cauliflower and coconut curry with cashews and peas, a vegan delight. Also in that circuit: this Pan fried rice with vegan XO sauce. Or how about Cup of cooked beef beans? You can combine them at lunchtime, spruce up the kitchen all afternoon, and serve dinner in the evening with sour cream, Fritos, minced white onions, lots of jalapeños, and some cheese.
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Now, nothing to do with fondant or tartar, but Ligaya Mishan sent me a link to “Complete,” A short story by Gabriel Smith in The Drift. I’m so glad she did.
In case you missed it, here it is Ali Watkins in The Timesabout a violent cocaine dealer who finds a quiet, peaceful life in Maine under the federal witness protection program, until the pull of his old life brings him back to the City. New York and murder.
Take some time while you’re there to read Anna Della Subin on Legend of Captain Cookin The Guardian newspaper.
Finally, here are some new Morgan Wade tracks for us to play:Run. “Enjoy that, and I’ll be back on Friday.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/02/dining/celebrating-ina-garten.html Celebrating Ina Garten – The New York Times