Good morning. That sourdough starter at the back of the fridge that you simply haven’t used because the heady days early within the pandemic, when all you could possibly do was bake extra sourdough bread? It’s wonderful! 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 possibly you’re exhausted, however that doesn’t imply you must eat takeout that’s inferior to you need it to be. This straightforward skillet broccoli spaghetti from Ali Slagle will show that plain, as will her gnocchi with scorching and candy peppers, her spring soba with tinned fish, her caramelized zucchini pasta, and her pasta with chopped pesto and peas.
You possibly can 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 possibly can make Daybreak Perry’s retro delight, four-cheese French bread pizza, or Genevieve Ko’s maple-baked salmon.
Melissa Clark’s wine-braised rooster with mushrooms and leeks is one other midweek winner, as is Alexa Weibel’s lemony pea and spinach soup.
Or, should you’re nonetheless wobbling as a result of life is tough and also you spent all final weekend cooking and the concept of extra cooking fills you with dread? Think about a meal of popcorn and Sancerre. Tomorrow will probably 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 historical past of the tow truck, by Andrew Sheldon in AAA Journal.
Lets go to Lapland subsequent, means 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 means via Paul Doiron’s Mike Bowditch novels, a few recreation warden for the state of Maine who runs into numerous crime.
Housekeeping: In Monday’s e-newsletter, I managed to mangle the spelling of Maud Newton’s final identify, rendering it as a Connecticut city as an alternative. Apologies. Do learn her new e-book, “Ancestor Bother.”
Lastly, there’s a brand new Phoebe Bridgers monitor to take heed to, “Sidelines.” It led me down a rabbit gap the place I found this terrific stay recording of Bridgers taking part in Gillian Welch’s “Every thing Is Free” in Amsterdam in 2018. Hearken to each of these, and I’ll be again on Friday with extra.