Inspiration for tonight's dinner: 1950s-style Modern Food for the Busy Mother. No can-opener needed. A brightened up panko-topped Tuna Noodle Casserole and a bacon-bespeckled Napa Cabbage Salad. Just the right mix of vice and virtue.
We've included a sort of meal-making plan of action below, but click on the photos or links to find the fully-fleshed out recipes. A delicious supper in, oh, about an hour -- eat up!
We're guessing you've already got butter, flour, lemon, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, an egg, garlic, bread crumbs and chicken stock in your refrigerator and pantry because we know you're a well-stocked pantry kind of person, we can just tell. If not, well -- add them to the list!
1. The beauty of a casserole is the time window you're allotted after all the prep work is done, because that's really all this casserole is. Focus on assembling the tuna dish first, it's completely manageable on a busy weeknight, but it's not quite as fast as the canned soup version of yore. You don't even need to think about the salad until the casserole is baking.
2. Is the casserole bubbling away happily in the oven? Okay, now is the perfect moment start browning your bacon and thinking about salad.
3. Give the salad a toss, pull that casserole out to cool and announce the readiness of your feast!
Tip: Pack up what's left of that casserole into a good strong tupperware and freeze it for another night when you just don't feel like cooking. You deserve a night off here and there.
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).
I love Champagne and cheese and potato chips. In fact, that would be the most dreamtastic dinner. I have two cats and I am a proud Portlander-by-birth currently residing on Manhattan's rich and wonderful Lower East Side in a closet that has no closets. In May I finished up a masters degree in Food Studies at NYU and now I am trying to figure out exactly why I did that and what that all means. It is very fun and scary but mostly fun. I like to cook and I love to bake.