Good morning. It is not too early to start planning for Memorial Day. The day is, of course, a somber occasion, a chance to honor and mourn those who have lost their lives in military service to the nation. But as with many federal holidays in the United States, it’s also a chance to celebrate with friends and family and, with this one in particular, to welcome the coming summer after a long run of pandemic worry and uncertainty. It’s time to grill some chicken.
Or you might follow Melissa Clark’s lead, and make her fine new recipe for grilled merguez, the spicy North African lamb sausage, served on a bed of minty, lemony couscous with loads of fresh cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and parsley, along with pine nuts and pickled radishes (above). I’m going to be eating that all summer long.
Will hamburgers be on the docket? Maybe you’d like to get artisanal about that, and make your own hamburger buns. Claire Saffitz’s recipe relies on her all-purpose enriched bread dough, which also makes great sandwich bread. You can use it for pistachio morning buns as well!
What to cook before the weekend? I love this new recipe for spicy red pesto pasta, a pantry dish inspired by pesto alla Siciliana, a cousin to green pesto Genovese, that relies on an old standby we haven’t used in a while: sun-dried tomatoes.
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