Good morning. How you doing? House all clean and everything tucked away, ready for the coming prep sessions, the cooking, the mighty feast?
Or are you traveling this week as so many Americans do, striking out across the country to see family back on the farm, in the city, down the shore, deep in the woods? The American Automobile Association says that 55 million people will travel more than 50 miles from home for the holiday. That’s a lot of traffic. Listen to Marlon James’s “A Brief History of Seven Killings” while you idle through it.
Either way, you ought to keep it simple with your cooking tonight, in advance of the big push. I like the idea of this one-pot spaghetti with cherry tomatoes and kale (above), which our Tejal Rao learned from the British cookbook writer Anna Jones. My kids might prefer loaded nachos. Maybe you too? We’ll debate.
I could go for some moo shu pork sometime this week, I think, and curried tofu, and an omelet mousseline folded over a few lobes of sea urchin, then brushed with butter before serving — food that’s decidedly not turkey and mashed potatoes, a pool of dark gravy, alongside yams and a mound of cranberry sauce. Because that feed is coming, sure as tomorrow’s tomorrow’s tomorrow. (Here is everything you need to know to keep the feast.)
And then? Leftovers! Melissa Clark’s come through for us with three great recipes for turkey sandwiches you’ll want to try on Friday: for a turkey Cubano with spicy peppers; for shredded turkey with barbecue sauce and a pungent slaw; and for a turkey and chickpea pita situation with pickled red onions and tahini sauce.
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Now, it has nothing to do with turkeys or sage, but I loved this look under the hood of David Byrne’s “American Utopia,” by Darryn King in The Times.
C.J. Chivers, who wrote about war and Thanksgiving last week, gave me a cool holiday gift: a mug made by the ceramist and combat veteran Ehren Tool. Here’s Chris’s story about Tool, from The New York Times Magazine this year. I think you’ll enjoy it.