Good morning. I don’t usually provide funding recommendation, however that is near a certain factor: It is best to challenge a purchase order for a heavy cast-iron griddle you probably have entry to a fuel or charcoal grill. You should utilize it to arrange outside breakfasts of bacon and eggs, and lunchtime grilled cheeses or impressively crisp smash burgers. At night time you may make just like the chef Francis Mallmann and sizzle a flattened pork butt, as in his recipe for pork and peaches.
I prepare dinner fish on my griddle, which is much simpler than grilling the fillets on the (at all times sticky) grate. Potatoes, too: parboiling them till virtually carried out, then slicing them in half and cooking them on the griddle till their reduce sides are golden-brown and crisp. Cubes of polenta. Spears of asparagus. Lamb chops. Rounds of pineapple. Rinse and repeat.
Tonight’s recipe: griddled cheese pupusas with curtido. They’re terrific as is, however if you happen to grate a zucchini into the cheese and blend nicely earlier than urgent it into the dough? That makes an distinctive pupusa. Take pleasure in.
As for the remainder of the week …
I’ll comply with Eric Kim’s lead and make a salmon rice bowl (above): cubes of boneless fillets marinated in a mix of mirin and doenjang, after which roasted sizzling and quick. Serve with rice, which absorbs each the salty-sweet glaze and the fats of the salmon to marvelous impact.
This creamy chive pasta with lemon elevates the allium from garnish to foundational ingredient. However that may show to be expensive if you happen to don’t have chives rising in your backyard or a pot strapped to your fireplace escape. By which case, simmer some thinly sliced leeks in heavy cream till they’re delicate, and proceed as you’ll with the chives. (Or make simple creamy lemon pasta as a substitute.)
I really like this sesame snap pea-chicken salad for the center of the week, nearly as good a use of a rooster breast as is possible, with crisp-tender peas in opposition to the delicate shreds of meat, in a creamy sesame dressing. Nota bene: The recipe says it makes 2 to 4 servings. However if you happen to’re serving 4 as a most important course, the very best wager is to double up on every part.
Right here’s a preparation of shrimp with coconut milk that finds inspiration in parts of each Indian and Thai curries. You coat the shrimp in ginger, garlic and turmeric, then sear them and end them off with a braise within the coconut milk. Spinach rounds out the matter, and I serve the completed dish with rice.
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Now, it’s an extended distance from something to do with cloves or duck eggs, however please don’t miss Penelope Inexperienced’s obituary of Larry Woiwode, a literary star in Nineteen Seventies New York who left fame behind to stay along with his household on a farm in North Dakota. “Most of life appears to me a spiritual expertise,” he instructed The New York Occasions in 1988. ‘“I imply, I assume it both is or it isn’t, and for me it’s.” Woiwode was 80.
Julian Lucas, in The New York Evaluate of Books, launched me to Ishmael Reed’s 1969 satire of a Western, “Yellow Again Radio Broke-Down.” I’m off to the library now.
Right here’s Caitlin Flanagan on Joan Didion, in The Atlantic.
Lastly, it’s Novak Djokovic’s birthday. He’s 35. Watch some epic factors he’s gained, after which aspire to prepare dinner equally. I’ll be again on Monday!