What to Cook Right Now

Good morning. That sourdough starter at the back of the fridge that you simply haven’t used for the reason that heady days early within the pandemic, when all you would do was bake extra sourdough bread? It’s fantastic! It may need some gross, darkish liquid on high of it, sure. They name that “hooch.” Simply pour it off and get some recent flour and water into the container. Inside a day or so that you’ll be again in enterprise and able to arrange morning waffles or English muffins (above), a night pizza, or lunchtime sourdough no-knead bread.

The starter’s a metaphor. Issues are usually extra salvageable than they seem! It’s the center of the week and perhaps you’re exhausted, however that doesn’t imply you need to eat takeout that’s not so good as you need it to be. This easy skillet broccoli spaghetti from Ali Slagle will show that plain, as will her gnocchi with hot and sweet peppers, her spring soba with tinned fish, her caramelized zucchini pasta, and her pasta with chopped pesto and peas.

You could possibly make fish Milanese from Kay Chun’s recipe, the fish breaded and fried, then served with peppery arugula, creamy avocado and a lemony brown butter and caper sauce. You could possibly make Daybreak Perry’s retro delight, four-cheese French bread pizza, or Genevieve Ko’s maple-baked salmon.

Melissa Clark’s wine-braised chicken with mushrooms and leeks is one other midweek winner, as is Alexa Weibel’s lemony pea and spinach soup.

Or, in case you’re nonetheless wobbling as a result of life is tough and also you spent all final weekend cooking and the thought of extra cooking fills you with dread? Take into account a meal of popcorn and Sancerre. Tomorrow will likely be simpler. Restarting a starter takes time.

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Now, it’s a far cry from rendered duck fats or the scent of a toasted cranberry muffin, however I preferred this history of the tow truck, by Andrew Sheldon in AAA Journal.

We could go to Lapland subsequent, method up on the high of Finland? “Arctic Circle,” on Amazon Prime, is chilly and darkish, with an unimaginable panorama.

Additionally within the investigative vein, I’m making my method via Paul Doiron’s Mike Bowditch novels, a few recreation warden for the state of Maine who runs into plenty of crime.

Housekeeping: In Monday’s e-newsletter, I managed to mangle the spelling of Maud Newton’s final title, rendering it as a Connecticut city as a substitute. Apologies. Do learn her new e-book, “Ancestor Trouble.

Lastly, there’s a brand new Phoebe Bridgers observe to take heed to, “Sidelines.” It led me down a rabbit gap the place I found this terrific reside recording of Bridgers taking part in Gillian Welch’s “Everything Is Free” in Amsterdam in 2018. Take heed to each of these, and I’ll be again on Friday with extra.

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