Something Old, Something New

Good morning. How are you doing? I’ve been cooking out of the freezer recently, making my means via tubs of meals ready midwinter in worry of the skin world and the scary interactions it required: white borscht; clam chowder; hen lavatory; one final tourtière. There’s been one thing beautiful about not having to consider dinner. I simply reheat, and the meal’s scrumptious.

But I’ve additionally thrilled to new flavors, new dishes, ones I’ll perpetually affiliate with the reopening of our lives. Melissa Clark, for example, got here in cool and dreamy not too long ago with a seasonal tackle a recipe of her grandmother’s, for pasta with cottage cheese, cherry tomatoes, scallions and currants (above), a form of lighter, juicier mac and cheese. That could possibly be the tune of the summer season, if summer season’s not too muggy, if it’s a kind of years after we get cool evenings and a good quantity of rain.

Another contender is that this David Tanis meal: grilled skewers of shrimp with roasted purple pepper sauce; a Little Gems salad with garlicky almond dressing; goat cheese ice cream with fennel, lemon and honey. I like how a lot of it you may put together prematurely, so that every one you really want to do at dinnertime is mild the grill and do some tossing.

I’m excited by Claire Saffitz’s strawberry and cream layer cake (and by her raspberry and cream roulade, which she makes on this terrific new video on our YouTube channel about “the sponge cake that can do it all”). And I can’t wait to eat Ali Slagle’s kimchi tuna salad for lunch.

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Now, it’s not a lot to do with making ready dinner as consuming it, however do take a couple of minutes to learn some excellent journalism in The Times this week: John Birdsall on “The Forgotten Queer Legacy of Billy West and Zuni Café”; Erik Piepenburg on the endurance of homosexual eating places in America; and Priya Krishna on the quietly revolutionary Canadian sitcom “Kim’s Convenience.”

It has nothing to do with oatmeal or lamb chops, however I’ve been driving laborious via C. J. Box’s Joe Pickett novels a few Wyoming recreation warden, and now all I need to be doing is driving Route 16 out of Ten Sleep over to Worland, then up 20 to Greybull. I need to be within the forest.

Finally, some new music to play us off. Jon Pareles turned me on to Bachelor with a evaluate in The Times. Here’s the duo’s “Stay in the Car.” Listen to that and I’ll be again on Friday.