Good morning. Melissa Clark has a terrific new recipe in The Times this week, for a creamy potato-Cheddar soup with quick-pickled jalapeños (above). The acidic zing of the pickled peppers is a surprise and a delight against the velvet sheen of potato and cheese, and I think if you make it tonight you may well find yourself thinking: Oh, wow, a new favorite soup.
Straying from the newspaper, here’s a serious question: When was the last time you had a proper tuna melt? That recipe is awesome, and could lead to a fine lunch tomorrow. With some spicy sesame noodles with chicken and peanuts for dinner?
This week’s shaping up nicely. I think I’m going to make these caramelized plantains with beans, scallions and lemon on Wednesday, with roasted chicken thighs. And I’d love to knock out this recipe for moo shu mushrooms on Thursday night. Chicken puttanesca, maybe, for Friday? Or sausages and cabbage? That last dish would go well with this deliciously simple crusty bread.
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Now, it’s nothing to do with stuffed haddock or mango sorbet, but Longreads alerted me to this excellent account of a terrible accident on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Louise Farr in Alta. It’s heartbreaking.
It’s Harry Styles’s birthday. He’s 27. Here he is singing “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” with Stevie Nicks in 2019.
I think you’ll like this excerpt from “2034,” a novel of the next world war by Elliot Ackerman and Adm. James Stavridis, in Wired.