Thanksgiving is in four days, so you probably think I’m going to tell you to defrost your turkey (which you should if it’s 16 pounds give or take) or make your cranberry sauce (which you could at any point) or buy the wine (estimate half a bottle per person).
But I don’t want to talk about Thanksgiving.
I want to talk about the other meals we’ll eat this week—from feel-good, throw-together bean soup to the oniony pasta sauce our office can’t stop talking about.
“I made the baked almond-crusted tofu triangles last week and really liked them,” Assistant Buyer Jacob Parsons said. “They feel rich without being heavy, crisp up beautifully in the oven, and reheat really well for meal prep.” Two of my favorite words!
“I got a kick out of this weird one,” our data scientist Coby Kestigian told me. And by “this weird one,” he means Sarah Jampel’s recipe for cabbage e pepe. “It's obv’ not as decadent as the real deal, but you can throw whatever you want in there and it uses up a CSA cabbage you don't know what to do with.” A few things I would think to throw in there: pasta (does that defeat the purpose? who’s to stop us?), bacon, and/or kale.
A few winters ago, my husband and I made this soup from Marcella Hazan—and it couldn’t be simpler. Since then, we’ve adopted both an Instant Pot and many pounds of Rancho Gordo beans, both of which will come in handy here (canned works great, too). A buttered baguette and vinegary salad turn it into supper. Come hang out with us while we cook it on Instagram.
I wish I had a quarter (or a cookie?) for every time I’ve had a dinner plan, then abandoned it for scrambled eggs plus something else. Last week, this materialized as fatoot samneh, the latest Genius Recipe (I drizzled mine with harissa-spiked honey, 10/10 recommend). Other weeks, I’ll grab some tortillas from the freezer and make scrambled egg tacos with whatever is in the fridge—avocado, Greek yogurt, pepita salsa, etc.
Have you met our November Recipe of the Month, pasta with braised onion sauce? What are you waiting for? “Omgomg,” our email production coordinator Cara Vaccaro messaged me. “Me and my friend made that onion pasta dish and it was so good! We used fresh pasta and it truly did take forever (we finished a whole bottle of wine while the onions were caramelizing). But totally worth it! I think half the fun is that it takes so long.” Couldn’t agree more.
I just started Manhattan Beach but am having trouble getting into it. Has anyone read it? No spoilers, please and thank you, but would love to know your thoughts.
The third season of The Crown is out (!!!) with a whole new cast. Looking forward to reading this after I watch it. (NYT)
15 pieces of advice about home cooking that Jenny Rosenstrach wish she knew earlier. (Cup of Jo)
I know I said I wouldn’t talk about Thanksgiving—but hey, happy Thanksgiving. I hope it’s a great one. This year, like the last several, I’m thankful for my cat, the sweetest girl in the world. What are you glad to have around these days?
Emma is a writer and recipe developer at Food52. Before this, she worked a lot of odd jobs, all at the same time. Think: stir-frying noodles "on the fly," baking dozens of pastries at 3 a.m., reviewing restaurants, and writing articles about everything from how to use leftover mashed potatoes to the history of pies in North Carolina. Now she lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with her husband and their cat, Butter. Stay tuned every Tuesday for Emma's cooking column, Big Little Recipes, all about big flavor and little ingredient lists. And see what she's up to on Instagram and Twitter at @emmalaperruque.