Good morning. Genevieve Ko here filling in for Sam and channeling his energy: Today’s a good day to think about the food for parties you’re throwing next weekend.
For me, that means going to Costco – my happy place – and loading up on Snacks and Flats of peaches so they’re ripe enough by then to bake into Edna Lewis’s flaky-crust Cobblerone of my favorite summer Desserts from one of my favorite Cookbook authors.
But today, I’m going to get a taste of peaches from the sesame dressing for Eric Kim’s crispy wonton salad (above), which he wrote about in The New York Times Magazine this week. Sometimes I add extra crunch to the salad by frying dried rice vermicelli and peanuts in the hot oil after the Wonton wrappers are done. With that, a mojito and some nice rolls.
As for the rest of the week…
I tested this cheesy stovetop mac with sausage and Kale, and it’s already a new favorite. Inspired by the 1970s, boxed pasta mixes created to stretch a pound of beef, this from-scratch version is especially savory from Italian sausage. Everything melds into a gooey, hearty meal in one skillet, leaving you with almost no dishwashing.
Any fish can be used in this jorim, a garlicky, gingery Korean soy-sauce braise, but it’s tastiest with fatty steaks of salmon, mackerel or black cod. Whole radishes simmered in the sauce, with heat from jalapeños, become tender and sweet.
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As Sam would say, it has nothing to do with cookies or katsu, but this conversation between Jeff Bridges and John Lithgow inspired me to start watchingThe Old Man”Is FX. (Mr. Bridges, my dude.)
There are a lot of new choices for summer reading, but I often prefer to lie on the beach with the books I had been assigned as a student. They’re enjoyable when they’re not required and when more living makes more sense of them. Right now, that’s Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God.”
If you’ve ever seen BTS perform, then you know why they’ve been one of the biggest bands for nearly a decade. If you haven’t, read this New Yorker piece from E. Tammy Kim to understand why their current “hiatus” matters.
Finally, in The Times, the running commentary is this week’s Westminster Dog Show will make you laugh – and want a big, fluffy dog.