Of course, you could also just look in the fridge and see what’s hanging around in there, and what it brings to mind. For instance, the other night I had a bunch of grilled chicken thighs left over from a barbecued chicken session, and I shredded them into a bowl with some chopped celery and a big dollop of crema for a free-form chicken salad. It was a no-recipe recipe for a dinner of some distinction, especially next to the last of the baked potato salad my pal Derr had brought to dinner the night before. Take inspiration from what you have on hand! My guess is: You’re a better cook than you think.
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Now, it’s nothing to do with grilled eggplants or shirred eggs, but I read between the lines of my colleague A.O. Scott’s review of Steven Soderbergh’s “No Sudden Move” on HBO Max and was rewarded with a pleasant hour and 55 minutes in front of a screen.
Also in The Times, I think you’ll want to read Alex Vadukul’s poignant, sad and beautiful obituary of the artist Hash Halper, who drew chalk hearts on the streets of downtown Manhattan. He died last week at 41.