What to Cook Right Now

Superior early morning. Will you be my Valentine? I could purchase a couple of lobsters — normally cheaper than that organic and natural pasture-raised rooster from the extravagant farm, at minimum on the East Coastline, and no much more highly-priced than skirt steak! — and steam them pink for supper, to serve with melted butter, a tray of roasted potatoes and some out-of-year asparagus on the facet. We’d have celery toasts to commence, Prosecco with the lobsters, oat milk chocolate pudding for dessert. Would not that be wonderful?

It would be, even if you’re not a Valentine’s Day type of person. The holiday’s so performative, consumerist, odd: a feast working day for Christian martyrs whose stories are cloaked in mystery. But however, there’s price in cooking something specific for a man or woman you appreciate. And to do so on a Monday evening, in the middle of the winter, at what may possibly or may possibly not be the tail end of a pandemic that is had us rattled for the superior part of two several years? That is additional than sweet, far more than a greeting card. That’s a kindness. Get on it, close friends. Cook dinner for another person tonight.

What to prepare dinner, especially? We have this collection of recipes correct to the vacation. (Here’s a selection of quick kinds, much too.) Look through people if you like, follow my guide with the lobster or give this charming chicken piccata (or cauliflower piccata) a consider. I like it with spaghetti, olive oil and Parmesan on the side, and with Genevieve Ko’s ace new recipe for flourless chocolate cake (higher than) for dessert. You can make that currently. You can!

Alternatively, how about the chicken hash the singer and pianist Bobby Short used to eat at the Carlyle on the Upper East Aspect of Manhattan, in advance of his performances there? Or a vegan mushroom étouffée? Creamy polenta with Parmesan and sausage? Soy-steamed fish with scallions and pistachio? You’ll assume of anything.

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Now, it is absolutely nothing to do with beef cheeks or salmon pores and skin, but I appreciated Max Abelson’s “Artist’s Questionnaire” with David Byrne, in T Magazine.

To talk about: “How to Want A lot less,” by Arthur C. Brooks in The Atlantic.

And to take a look at: the Philip Guston present at Hauser & Wirth in New York.

At last, here’s some new music to participate in us off: Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, “Really like Hurts.” I’ll be again on Wednesday.