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What to Cook This Weekend

What to Cook This Weekend

Other recipes to consider cooking this weekend: butterflied leg of lamb with lemon salsa verde (a good test run for Easter!); sheet-pan jerk salmon; eggplant Parmesan pasta (above: No frying! No layering!). And should there be softies at your fish market, as there were at mine the other day, do consider this awesome recipe for soft-shell crab toast.

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Now, it’s nothing to do with peaches or cream, but I want to alert you to this Fatima Syed story in The Narwhal, about piping plovers in Ontario and how argumentative people can be about what a beach should look like.

You should read Hannah Gold on David Wojnarowicz, in The Paris Review, in advance of looking at the images in a new gallery show of Wojnarowicz’s correspondence with Jean Pierre Delage, at PPOW in New York. (Arthur Lubow wrote about the show for The Times.)

I’m excited for Margo Jefferson’s new book, “Constructing a Nervous System,” out next week. “There’s no escaping the primal stuff of memory and experience,” she writes. “Dramatize it, analyze it, amend it accidentally, remake it intentionally. Call it temperamental autobiography.”

Finally, here’s my periodic reminder that you don’t always need a recipe to make great food. For instance, I had an amazing kale salad at Houseman in New York recently, and when I asked the chef Ned Baldwin for the recipe, he told me it was a no-recipe recipe.

“Can be curly kale or Tuscan, kinda whatever you find at the store,” he wrote in an email. “The rest of the salad is lots (like lots and lots) of scallions, cilantro, lime, ricotta salata and a moderate amount of chopped pickled serrano peppers (the pickling helps spread the heat more evenly via the pickling liquid). Add some salt, massage lustily, wait a few minutes and finish with more grated ricotta salata.”

I’m definitely making that this weekend, too. See you on Sunday.