Every other Thursday, we bring you Nicholas Day -- on cooking for children, and with children, and despite children. Also, occasionally, on top of.
If you find yourself stuck in a dinner rut, let Nicholas lead you out. Before long, you'll be running to the pantry to check if you have a few drops of sesame oil left, or a tin of fish to save the day.
Although a few of these dishes may require ingredients you're not all that familiar with (Tianjin preserved vegetable, we're coming for you), the result will be more than worth the effort -- or you can skip them and go the extra mile next time around. From Burma to Italy, and back to the U.S., these dishes will instantly upgrade your weeknight repertoire.