There are a few things I do when I come home from work: I greet my pup Quentin "Q" Compson, kneeling down to her level and sticking my head out so she can lick the heck out of my face (which, I've read, helps raise her serotonin levels). I pour myself a glass of wine, put on an episode of whatever show I'm watching, and cook myself something to eat. In many ways the television is beside the point; it's just background noise to calm me into my weeknight ritual.
When the weekend hits, however, this quaint domesticity is magnified times a thousand. As an introverted hermit, I like to shut off completely for those three nights (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) and recharge my INTJ batteries in the cozy comforts of my Netflix queue.
Appropriately, we're in the thick of it: fall television premieres. I'm most excited about the new season of BoJack Horseman, which is returning to Netflix this Friday—and you can bet your bottom dollar I'll be binging the entire season in one sitting without talking to a single soul.
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In times like these (when sitting on the couch with a bowl of something good to eat is all that matters in the world), it helps to have something slow-cooking away in the Crock-Pot so you can catch up on your favorite shows. To aid in this important era of "peak television" viewing, here are some of my favorite lazy, set-it-and-forget-it recipes. At the end of 6 to 8 hours (about the runtime of one season of BoJack), dinner will be waiting for you.
Eric Kim is a Senior Editor at Food52, where his weekly solo dining column, Table for One, runs every Friday morning. Formerly the Digital Manager at Food Network, he writes about food, travel, and culture and lives in a tiny shoebox in Manhattan with his dog, Quentin "Q" Compson. His favorite writers are William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, and Ernest Hemingway, but his hero is Nigella Lawson. You can follow him on Twitter @ericjoonho.