Good morning. It’s a nice day for baking biscuits (above), more so if you still have some ham left over from holiday feasting. Make a nice, lazy midday of eating those, either with the ham or slathered in butter and jam, then head to the market to shop for this last week of the year.
Here’s what we’re cooking. Pork braciole for supper tonight, a recipe Dana Bowen picked up from the restaurant Frankies 457 in Brooklyn back in 2006. We’ll serve some plain pasta on the side, dressed in olive oil, black pepper, kosher salt and a spray of Parmesan, then finish out the evening with greens dressed in an Italianate Sunday-salad dressing.
Monday: Melissa Clark’s lentil salad with roasted vegetables, which is both hearty enough for dinner and light enough to count as penance after what’s been for some of us a long number of days of feasting.
On Tuesday, we’re thinking chicken adobo, which we can pair with some fluffy white rice and maybe some sautéed baby bok choy. You could knock out Mark Bittman’s recipe for a free-form pear tart while the chicken’s cooking. Pretty luxe for the middle of the week!
Wednesday night: We’ll take it easy again, and make Martha Rose Shulman’s recipe for stir-fried beet greens with tofu and beets. (Don’t have beet greens? Substitute some chard.) Good eating, and fast. We’ll power through a few episodes of “Jessica Jones” when we’re done.
Thursday is New Year’s Eve. We’re not going out. It’s a night for amateurs: all warm, sticky Champagne, room-temperature banquet food and forced bonhomie. Instead, we’ll stay in and paint the house red with friends. How about Julia Moskin’s recipe for a stuffed standing rib roast, April Bloomfield’s recipe for Yorkshire pudding, some glazed carrots and creamed spinach, and Melissa’s recipe for a flaming baba au rhum for dessert? And Champagne. And some big aglianicos, thanks to Eric Asimov’s instruction.
And we’ll get some black-eyed peas soaking after dinner even if we’re reeling. Because on bleary Friday morning? It’s time to make Kim Severson’s recipe for Hoppin’ John. The 16th year of the 21st century is going to be a very good one indeed.
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Finally, “Show Boat” opened on Broadway on this day in 1927. (The Times’s review: “Show Boat Proves Fine Musical Show.”) Let’s take a moment to watch Paul Robeson sing “Ol’ Man River” in the movie version, from 1936.