Hello. They’re getting ready for Thanksgiving in Canada today, bringing birds and peeling potatoes for Monday’s feast, baking butter tarts, dripping maple syrup into cranberry sauce, setting tables, indulging in the joy of the Holidays. It’s amazing to think that we’ll be following them in a little over a month.
In the meantime, however, we’re still in the early days of fall agritainment here in the US: getting pumpkins and moms for the front porch or porch; roasting corn; make baked apple cider donuts to share with friends after walking through a sunflower maze. I would like to spend the afternoon making white borscht against the sweet freshness of the air, eating with soft bread and soft butter. (And if that’s not for you, here’s a good summary of vegetarian soups and stews.)
Monday, I like the idea of the piccata cauliflower (above). The roasted florets soak up the tangy, buttery sauce, and the addition of chickpeas makes for a hearty vegetarian main course. I’ll serve it alongside pasta, with a parsley salad on the side.
For Tuesday’s meal, take a look at these sesame salmon bowls. There are a lot of elements, but none are particularly difficult. And subscribers seem to love it: “My partner said it was the best thing I ever cooked,” one wrote in a note below the recipe.
Riff on this recipe without the recipe for Salted French Toast with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil on Wednesday. You can, for example, add mozzarella to the mixture or a fried egg. Or both!
So Thursday, turn to those mushroom chicharrón tacos, or those slow cooker pork tacos with hoisin and ginger, or those simple and exquisite avocado tacos that Jeff Gordinier scooped from Chef Enrique Olvera.
And Friday ? Pressure cooker Vietnamese caramel pork and eggs for me I think, although I would totally understand if you wanted to stick to the Friday tradition and roast a chicken. If so, plan ahead so you can marinate all Thursday night: this buttermilk roast chicken is simply sublime.
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Nothing to do with pancake pans or bamboo steamers, but today is the birthday of British painter Chris Ofili. He is 53 years old. Here is his “Triple Beam Dreamer”, which will be auctioned on October 15th at Phillips in London.
Pop culture cookbooks are all the rage, Priya Krishna reports for The Times.
Here’s an inside view of Hurricane Sam as it crossed the Atlantic last week as Category 4, courtesy of a new 23-foot unmanned vessel with a camera. This is called a Saildrone.
Finally, here is KD Lang to play us: “Constant Craving”. Play this while you cook, and I’ll be back on Monday.