Good morning. We’re shifting into the slowest of the sluggish days, deepest summer season, all the things languid, not a lot taking place in any respect. Tomatoes are ripening. Corn’s rising tall. I’m getting stories from cookouts and barbecues, clambakes, fish fries, oyster feeds and picnics — all these spirited endeavors we missed final yr, sheltering from the pandemic in our pods. I hope your weekend was stuffed with them, with the enjoyment of gathering with others within the presence of food and drinks.
Will you have got a Sunday dinner to proceed the theme? I’ve written earlier than about how essential these meals will be to an individual, to a household, to a group. A vat of chili or chowder, some neighbors, loads of iced tea? It might be the beginning of one thing larger than the dinner itself, a path to shared therapeutic after 14 months of stress. Received’t you give it a attempt?
On Monday, I like the concept of those mushroom chicharrón tacos (above), the mushrooms seasoned with cumin and pan-fried till crispy, then stuffed into tortillas and topped with pico de gallo.
Tuesday, how about these salt and pepper shrimp rolls? That might be a recipe to make twice a month from now till the primary frost.
For Wednesday’s meal, a return to weekend pleasures, however on a smaller scale: griddled diner burgers with crisp smashed potatoes with fried onions and parsley.
Then on Thursday, you might check out this one-pot pasta with zucchini and basil. It takes solely 20 minutes to make, which could go away you time to bake a recent strawberry Bundt cake that you might serve on Friday evening, to comply with a dinner of freestyle kimbap. (I’ve been having wonderful success with cucumber and imitation crab.)
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Now, it’s a number of soccer fields away from eating rooms and well-stocked pantries, however Abdi Latif Dahir’s story in The Occasions, a couple of flourishing literary journal scene in Africa, alerted me to this quick story by Rémy Ngamije, “The Giver of Nicknames,” which seems within the journal Lolwe. I believe you must learn it, although it’s intense.
I’m very late to it, however Ben Ratliff on Jimmy Giuffre at 100 is fairly nice, in Tidal.
Take a look at Carlo D’Anselmi’s present, “Aren’t We Fortunate,” on the Thierry Goldberg Gallery in New York.
Lastly, new music to play us off, Woman Ok, “Woman Ok Is For the Folks.” Hearken to that and I’ll be again on Monday.