Good morning. I love this recipe for a hoisin glazed pork bowl with vegetables, even if I can’t find a watermelon radish, I won’t make it with black or brown rice and can never make my sugar snap peas look as pretty as Simon Andrews’s prepared for the photo of David Malosh (above). Make your bowl as good as possible. It is always beautiful and always an elegant meal.
It’s also a good reminder that pork tenderloin is a worthy weeknight ingredient—cooked quickly in the oven, on the stovetop, or on a grill—and a wonderful canvas for sauce. In that sense it is the tofu of meat. Which of course means that the transitive property applies: for the bowl, you could use tofu instead of the pork. Just press it dry before adding it to the marinade and let it rest for about 30 minutes before cooking.
Here’s another idea. I’ve been saying for years now and then that you should always have some pizza dough in the fridge, to get good on the long test. So when you have the dough, cook the pork bowl later. Make pizza Monday night instead!
You could channel Roberta’s in Brooklyn and make a version of their green and white pie. Or you remember California Pizza Kitchen with a take on that chain’s salad pizza with white beans and Parmesan cheese. (Then there was the time when I convinced Margaux Laskey to make a chocolate chip cookie pizza. You could always bake that one!)
If none of these recipes fit, how about cod with peas and mushrooms? Or this green masala chicken? And I’ve never regretted making portobello patties for dinner on a weeknight, not even once. “This is a super recipe, as is,” one subscriber wrote in the notes. “I kicked it up a notch and used giant shiitake mushrooms and Morbier cheese as an experiment. Went from a ‘wow’ to a ‘wow-wee’.” I could give that a shot myself!
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Now, it’s a long way from anything quince or muffin-related, but Outside has an excerpt from Ben McGrath’s new book, “Riverman,” which I think you’ll enjoy. (Gregory Cowles, an editor of our Books Bureau, certainly did.)
In case you missed it, here’s Alexandra Jacobs’ Critic’s Notebook in The Times, about the heady days when magazines were important and the coolest stores in Manhattan. As Alexandra writes, now they are the coldest.
Here’s a new poem by Ada Limón, in DailyExpertNews Magazine, “Joint Custody.”
Finally, Quinn Shemet, one of our subscribers, has put together a Spotify playlist of every piece of music I’ve recommended over the past few months. Maybe you can play that while eating? Thanks, Quinn! I’ll be back on Wednesday.