May Cabbage Reign Forever – The New York Times

Good morning. I noticed my buddy the osprey hovering over the bay on Sunday, again from her winter sojourn, and inexperienced recommendations on a few of the timber within the woods. I guess we’re a month from pea shoots, with asparagus sizzling on its heels.

Till then, although: Cabbage continues its reign. And Melissa Clark has a implausible new recipe to please the courtroom: roasted cabbage with Parmesan, walnuts and anchovies (above). It’s her riff on a traditional stuffed cabbage, although significantly simpler to make, with a pleasant steadiness of textures and tastes. It’d be nice by itself, however perhaps even higher with some flattened chicken thighs.

Alternatively, you would possibly check out this terrific Swedish kalpudding, a sort of meatloaf with caramelized cabbage, or creamy pasta with bacon and red cabbage, or gingery cabbage rolls with pork and rice. And don’t neglect the cabbage salad they used to serve at Mission Chinese language Meals in Manhattan. Umami!

Some cabbage-free issues to cook dinner proper now, because the yr hurtles alongside: spiced salmon with sugar snap peas and red onion; crispy sheet-pan noodles with glazed tofu; ginger-scallion chicken; glass noodles with shrimp and spicy mustard sauce.

Not that you just want a correct recipe to make scrumptious meals. You may as an alternative riff off a immediate and see the place it leads you. I’ll provide one now: spicy roast rooster tacos with watermelon muchim. It’s one thing I revamped the weekend after studying my colleague Eric Kim’s thrilling new cookbook “Korean American” after which leaving the e book on my desk at work, so I couldn’t use his written recipe at residence.

Right here’s what I recalled: cubes of boneless rooster thighs marinated in a sauce of whizzed-up jalapeños, cilantro, garlic, olive oil and a bit of salt, black pepper and sugar, then roasted on a sheet pan till crispy. Whereas that cooked, I made the muchim: cubes of watermelon tossed with gochugaru, salt and black pepper, slices of jalapeño and a dressing of rice vinegar, fish sauce and sesame oil. Then I heated some tortillas and, wow, that every one made for nice tacos. Possibly give {that a} strive?

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Now, it’s nothing to do with Spam or polenta, however I’ve been having fun with the Swedish crime drama “Before We Die,” on Amazon Prime. (Starring Alexej Manvelov, so good in “Undercover.”)

Right here’s Paige Williams in The New Yorker, on a brand new legislation in Idaho that permits hunters to aggressively pursue the grey wolf, a once-endangered species.

In additional cookbook information, I’ve been thrilling to Pat Martin and Nick Fauchald’s exhaustive, sensible and scrumptious live-fire treatise “Life of Fire,” which makes me lengthy for lengthy summer time days spent cooking and selecting pigs. Quickly!

Lastly, right here’s a brand new Soccer Mommy monitor: “Shotgun.” “Chilly beer and ice cream is all we hold/The one issues we actually want.” Hearken to that whilst you’re within the cabbage patch, and I’ll be again on Friday.

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