Every other Thursday, we bring you Nicholas Day -- on cooking for children, and with children, and despite children. Also, occasionally, on top of.
Today: Nicholas is off this week doing things for his new book! So we're revisiting the best of his regional dishes, near and far. They'll make dinner better.
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.
Bagna Cauda: Dressing for Dinner
Sweet-Sour Short Rib Stew
Sichuanese Dry-Fried Green Beans
Eggplant Dip with Yogurt (Borani-e Bademjan)
Lemongrass Ginger Patties
Yogurt Soup with Cucumber and Walnuts (Tarator)
Tomato-y, Yogurt-y Shakshuka
Dinner in a Bottle: Lo Soi
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