Good morning. It’s been a terrible week. But if you can this weekend, it’s time to clean the grill or put one out in the park, time to mix lemonade and sweet tea, marinate chicken, buy hot dogs and sausages, bake pies for transport and in general to prepare yourself for the unofficial start of the cooking and barbecue season. We’ve got all the recipes you need for this Memorial Day weekend and beyond.
But as far as I’m concerned, that really starts on Saturday. Tonight I want to take advantage of the latest news from J. Kenji López-Alt for The Times and consider using some fried shallots for his fried shallot Caesar salad, his spaghetti aglio e olio e fried shallots or, most likely, his watermelon salad with fried shallots. and fish sauce (above).
Kenji has a recipe for the fried shallots himself, but feels no pressure to make it. He actually prefers that you buy them ready-made at an Asian supermarket. “It’s a convenient, cost-effective move that can add flavor and crunch to so many dishes,” he wrote.
Tomorrow we will be busy with summer cooking and, I hope, a lot of outdoor eating. I love this spicy clam dip, grilled chicken (with a simple barbecue sauce), this sweet and spicy broccoli salad, coleslaw with miso dressing, and an inverted pineapple cake for dessert.
What a party: “It’s heartbreaking to see Kai Lenny surfing at Pe’ahi, a big wave spot off the north coast of Maui. You may have seen it on video, but that doesn’t prepare you for the speed, the impossible confidence, of a hard braking turn on the crest of a huge wave, often right in the luminous turquoise window of a lip that is about to to succumb—to that abrupt turn back to the bottom, as if he wanted to see the weightless fall of the downward carve rather than see it whole. When I first saw it, from the back of a jet ski, in February, I involuntarily screamed. These things have not been done, or at least not.” (Here’s the video.)
I’m looking for Grace D. Li’s heist thriller debut, “Portrait of a Thief.”
“The Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks”, on Amazon Prime? Yes please.
Finally, here’s a new poem by AE Stallings in the London Review of Books, “The Sieve.” Think about that, and I’ll see you Sunday.
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