Good morning. Genevieve Ko fills in for Sam and channels his energy: Today is a good day to think about dinner for the parties you’re throwing next weekend.
For me, that means going to Costco—my happy place—and loading up on snacks and flat peaches so that by then they’ll be ripe enough to bake in Edna Lewis’s flaky-crust cobbler, one of my favorite summer desserts from one of my favorite cookbook authors. .
But today I’m going to get a taste of sesame dressing peaches for Eric Kim’s Crispy Wonton Salad (above), which he wrote about this week in DailyExpertNews Magazine. Sometimes I give the salad extra crunch by frying dried rice vermicelli and peanuts in the hot oil after the wonton wrappers are done. A mojito and tasty sandwiches.
As for the rest of the week…
I tested this cheesy sausage and kale stovetop mac and it’s already a new favorite. Inspired by the 1970s pasta mixes made to stretch a pound of beef, this take on the special savory Italian sausage. Everything melts together into a sticky, hearty meal in one frying pan, which means that you have almost no dishes left.
Any fish can be used in this jorim, a garlicky, ginger Korean soy sauce braise, but it’s best served with fatty salmon, mackerel, or black cod steaks. Whole radishes stewed in the sauce, with heat from jalapeños, become soft and sweet.
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As Sam would say, it has nothing to do with cookies or katsu, but this conversation between Jeff Bridges and John Lithgow inspired me to go watch “The Old Man” on FX. (Mr. Bridges, my guest.)
There are many new choices for summer reading, but I often prefer to lie on the beach with the books I was given as a student. They are nice when they are not needed and when more life gives them more meaning. Right now it’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston.
If you’ve ever seen BTS perform, you’ll know why they’ve been one of the biggest bands for almost a decade. If you haven’t already, read this New Yorker piece by E. Tammy Kim to understand why their current “gap” matters.
Finally, in The Times, the running commentary on this week’s Westminster Dog Show will have you laughing — and wanting a big, fuzzy dog.