No to all that, to stews and oven bakes and quick sautés and cakes? You can follow our midweekly tradition, and make a no-recipe dinner instead, tonight of those instant ramen kits in the back of the pantry, into which you can slide a single egg per person for egg-drop glory, and cover with chopped fresh mint and cilantro, and drizzle with sesame oil. These punch-ups transform a grim dorm-room mealtime situation into something rather more glamorous and delicious. That’s what we’re looking for on a Wednesday night.
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Now, nothing to do with food except the passage where he writes about the lyrical inspiration for “A Real Nice Clambake,” in “Carousel,” but Todd S. Purdum’s “Something Wonderful,” a history of the collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, is proving a something wonderful read. No, I haven’t finished it yet. It was just published yesterday!
Did you read David Joy’s story about gun culture in The Times this week? You ought to: It’s a letter from an America some don’t know or have forgotten and that is anyway at a crossroads, as all these mass shootings swirl.
Finally, and sadly sticking with sad and violent subjects, it was 50 years ago today that Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. Here is the front page of The Times for April 5, 1968. Reflect on that. I’ll be back on Friday.