And Sarah DiGregorio ginned up an amazing lentil soup with smoked sausage and apples. That’s an easy and fantastic midweek feed. You might, however, prefer Julia Moskin’s recipe for pasta with bacon, cheese, lemon and pine nuts. Or, you know what? Sometimes life calls for baked chicken tenders and a soapy police drama on your screen: “Cuffs,” say, on Amazon Prime.

Not that you need a recipe to cook for yourself. You can riff off a prompt instead, what we call a no-recipe recipe, say for coriander- and cumin-crusted fish sandwiches with yogurt sauce. You’ll need bulkie rolls, white fish fillets, some ground coriander and cumin, a lemon, some yogurt, a little hot sauce and arugula. Make the sauce first: yogurt, lemon juice and lemon zest, a splash of the hot sauce and a sprinkle each of the coriander and cumin. Then coat the fish fillets in coriander, cumin and salt, and sauté them in neutral oil, a couple of minutes a side. Toast the split rolls and spread yogurt sauce on them. Lay a fish fillet on each roll and top with arugula, then put the sandwiches together and eat. Next time I might add some harissa to the mix.

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