What to Cook This Weekend

Great early morning. I was in the Florida Keys earlier this week, viewing with buddies of the Crucial West Library and on the lookout for fish on the cold-snapped flats south of Saddlebunch, and this weekend all I want to do is cook dinner from the memories of the foods I experienced there.

For instance, the roast pork at El Siboney on Stock Island, with yellow rice, black beans and sweet plantains, the meat softer and even silkier than a common pernil. (In our recipe, Von Diaz tents the pork loosely with foil for an hour of cooking. I believe I’ll wrap it tight for two hrs and see if that achieves the wished-for outcome.) Also, the rooster-fried rooster with mashed potatoes, white gravy and blistered asparagus served at the Geiger Crucial Marina: crisp-soft-salty-sweet. (I’ll use hen thighs in position of the cube steak in this recipe for a far more conventional chicken-fried steak, then maintain the skins on for these mashed potatoes and use a heavy hand on the salt for the roasted asparagus.)

And surely I’d like to attempt a edition of the salami and incredibly hot honey pizza that Rafe Halpern serves at the Seaside Cafe at Southernmost Residence in Vital West. For that I’ll want pizza dough a sauce of canned tomatoes simmered with diced salami and garlic some shredded chunks of very low-humidity mozzarella and grated pecorino and a healthy drizzle of honey heated by means of with purple-pepper flakes at the close. (Here’s how to make pizza, if you want to consider it yourself.)

That is me, in any case, borne back again ceaselessly into the previous. It was uncharacteristically chilly even though I was checking out, and those foods introduced heat. You may perhaps like to cook dinner something less improvisatory. For that, get a seem at this great evening meal menu from our David Tanis: mozzarella with charred radicchio and salsa verde, adopted by rigatoni al forno with cauliflower and broccoli rabe (previously mentioned), and Italian almond cookies for dessert.

Or you could check out these wonderful vegetarian Swedish meatballs, in which mushrooms, chickpeas and bulgur conspire to produce the texture of floor beef in a velvety mushroom gravy. Serve in excess of generously buttered noodles, of class.

Possibly a potato-Cheddar soup with fast pickled jalapeños? A baked Alfredo pasta with broccoli rabe and lemon? Creamy vegan polenta with mushrooms and kale?

And absolutely, if you want to send out a information to the universe about the seriousness of weekend cooking, consider your hand at eggs Benedict on Sunday, maybe with the addition of some warmed-by means of new crab. That is tasty, way too.

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