Keep It Simple (and Delicious)

Good morning. I haven’t been writing a lot about no-recipe recipes these previous few weeks, in all probability as a result of so many people are cooking no-recipe recipes on a regular basis now, utilizing the bounty of the season for freestyle tomato sandwiches, large bowls of steamed clams, piles of corn. It’s scorching and sticky the place I keep, and generally the thought of following directions step-by-step by step fills me with dread. I’d somewhat sear some scallops in butter, serve them with heat tortillas and a bowl of mango salsa with out studying a phrase.

But wow, would you take a look at this recipe for slow-cooker cherry tomato compote (above)! It’s easy and scrumptious and yields a sort of chunky sauce that you need to use for all types of on the spot meals: on toast, combined into pasta, as a part of a salad, on high of something grilled.

This one-pan shrimp and corn dinner with lime French dressing isn’t way more sophisticated. Nor is that this cucumber-avocado salad. Nor are these frijoles de la olla.

A couple of meals like that may jump-start your need to cook dinner extra concerned meals later within the week and into the weekend — grilled salmon escabeche, say, or hen braised in two vinegars. You may even make an Atlantic Beach pie.

I just like the look of this chickpea salad sandwich, as nicely, and this pasta with caramelized peppers, anchovies and ricotta. A zucchini salad with pecorino, basil and almonds? That, too.

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Now, it’s a far cry from studying about mille-feuille and the right strategy to grill a steak, however I favored Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell in The Atlantic, pondering the post-pandemic way forward for the necktie, which has lengthy been “an important emblem of both group identity and individual taste, sending subtle signals about the wearer’s wealth, social affiliations, culture, and intellect.”

Here’s Danielle Henderson in The Cut on the limitless outside summers that got here with being an ’80s child: “I want to get poison ivy, I want to get sprayed by a skunk, I want a thin film of dirt winding toward the shower drain at the end of a long day of nothing.”

I liked Tina Jordan in The New York Times Book Review on airplane thrillers, a lot in order that I learn her piece a second time, imagining that she’d simply made up the plots.

Finally, there’s new Soccer Mommy, “Rom Com 2004.” (Jon Pareles wrote about it final week.) Listen to that when you’re cooking. I’ll be again on Friday.