Good morning. What a gift a Sunday meal before a national holiday is, if you’re lucky enough not to be working. Monday’s for cookouts and family, for fireworks real and metaphorical. Sunday’s for you.
I could spend it making chili or frying chicken. I could spend it reviving my kombucha or prepping yogurt for the week ahead. I’d like to make these chocolate chip oatmeal cookies with ras el hanout (above), too, or this blueberry, almond and lemon cake. But I might actually use the day to assemble this incredible cabbage salad they used to serve at Mission Chinese Food in New York. Doing so on a weeknight inevitably leaves me feeling harried. But on a lazy Sunday devoid of scaries? It’s a joy to make and a thrill to consume.
The ginger and coconut milk reduction that coats this vegan dinner of crispy tofu with cashews and blistered snap peas gets an extra boost from soy sauce and a little bit of molasses, for caramelization and gloss alike. You can swap in snow peas or asparagus for the snap peas if you can’t find any; serve with rice. So good.
Here’s a cold noodle salad with spicy peanut sauce that’s perfect for the middle of the week: buckwheat noodles, a ton of crunchy fresh vegetables and a super-adaptable sauce. Will you have some leftover chicken or pork from the holiday? Shred that over the top and hit the salad with a little more lime juice.
You’re probably going to eat, like, two really perfect peaches this year, and I doubt either one is coming this week where most of us stay. What’s great about this recipe for roasted chicken thighs with peaches, basil and ginger is that you can use hard peaches from the market. They roast into succulence alongside the thighs. One of our subscribers called it a “delicious, elegant, easy summer dish.” That’s right!
And then you can run into the weekend with this awesome recipe for a cheesy pan pizza, at least if you can take the time on Wednesday or Thursday to prep the dough. (Accept that you have chosen pizza as a lifestyle, and this will be no chore.)
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Conversely, Sayaka Murata’s short-story collection, “Life Ceremony,” contains a lot of food and eating, albeit of a particularly gruesome, transgressive type, as Dwight Garner notes in his review of the book in The Times.
Debate: T Magazine’s “25 Most Significant New York City Novels From the Last 100 Years.” (What, no “Bonfire of the Vanities”?)