What to Cook This Week

Good morning. My friend Gilbert was talking about baguettes the other day, about how the really good ones have this shatteringly crisp crust that can cut the roof of your mouth, and how soft and airy they are within, and how good they smell, and I was suddenly filled with longing and amazement: I haven’t had a good baguette in more than a year. I haven’t had a platter of char siu. I haven’t had a New Jersey bar pizza or a proper lobster roll or a fried grouper sandwich or a slab of hot foie gras.

I’ve cooked more than I ever have and eaten fantastically well. I’ve made new recipes, hacked recipes, come up with no-recipe recipes. (Last night: coins of hot Italian sausage crisped in brown butter with artichoke hearts, then deglazed with a splash of chicken stock, tossed with cavatelli and showered with Parmesan. If you try that, brown the sausages whole before you coin them. It gives the slices structure.) I’m not living in hardship. I’ve got work. But it’s strange what I miss, what I’m looking forward to, when all this is over. How about you? Tell me about it. I’m at [email protected].

Here’s what to cook tonight, if you’re not making my pasta or setting yourself up for the Super Bowl with a platter of game-day nachos (above), or crisp chicken schnitzel with a lemony herb salad. Read the notes below the recipe. They’re invaluable.

On Monday, get out of your breakfast rut with one of these super-fast breakfast ideas, have a leftover schnitzel sandwich at lunch, and give these vegetarian Swedish meatballs a try for dinner.

For Tuesday, I’m thinking sloppy Joes. Or picadillo. Something with ground beef, anyway. (Buy the 80-20 mix, please. It’s more delicious.)

Wednesday night could be good for pasta with walnuts and olives, earthy and warm, maybe with feta and some extra lemon juice for brightness.

Taco Thursday? I like these fish tacos, myself. They’re bonkers good.

And then on Friday, you could make this slow-cooker chicken with 20 cloves of garlic. Or this roast pork with milk. Or this seared tofu with mixed grains.

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Now, it’s nothing to do with salmon or chokecherries, but I think you should read Imani Perry’s first installment of The Times’s “Black History, Continued” project, about the weight our culture puts on Black heroes, and how their stories obscure how change actually comes to America.

Here’s a song you’ll put on repeat: “Me & Magdalena,” performed by the Monkees (really!) and written by Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie.

See what you think of David Duchovny on failure, in The Atlantic.

Finally, to end where we started, let’s have a visit with Mahmoud M’seddi, one of Paris’s best bakers of baguettes. It would be nice to go to there. I’ll be back on Monday.

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