What to Cook This Week

Good morning. Jennifer Steinhauer is a reporter in the Washington bureau of The Times who is writing a book about the early days of this historic class of women in the 116th Congress. When she’s not on the job, she’s also a scratch home cook. Recently she took some time to give us a new year’s meditation on her spice rack that brought us three ace new recipes you ought to explore.

You could make lemon chicken breasts with herbs tonight, using a fading bottle of herbes de Provence. Super-easy, super-good. You could make sumac-scented eggplant and chickpeas with all those ingredients you bought when you first fell in love with Yotam Ottolenghi and thought you might cook like him every day. Me, I’m all for a Sunday dinner of cauliflower, cashew, pea and coconut curry (above), a recipe Jennifer pulled out of Meera Sodha’s excellent cookbook, “Made in India: Recipes From an Indian Family Kitchen.”

So that’s today or tomorrow or the day after that. It could be all three. But for Monday dinner, I’m suggesting baked eggs with beans and greens. It’d be cool if you could make bourbon pecan pie for dessert. The rumors have it that was Martin Luther King Jr.’s favorite sweet.

Tuesday night: Baked chicken tenders. Invite some children. Make the recipe with turkey tenders. Do what feels right.

But remember to soak some white beans when you’re done with dinner so that you can break out the slow cooker on Wednesday morning and let it cook white bean and Parmesan soup all day.

For dinner on Thursday: Portobello patty melts. They’re just ridiculously good.

And then you can run into the weekend with David Tanis’s superb Thai-style spare ribs, best served with ice-flecked beer.

Thousands more recipes consider cooking this week are waiting for you on NYT Cooking. Go take a look at what we’ve got, see what tickles your fancy. (You do need to be a subscriber, I’m sorry. You can become one today.)

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Now, it’s nothing to do with cake flour or spelt, but there’s a new James Lee Burke novel, and I want to slide into it slow. Burke’s good with violence and dialogue, but the truth is there’s no better weather writer working. Watch those squall and humidity passages close.

There’s also a new Michel Houellebecq novel out in France, “Serotonin.” Rachel Donadio wrote about it for The Atlantic.

If you’re in New York, you should check out “God Made My Face,” Hilton Als’s group exhibition at David Zwirner devoted to James Baldwin.

Finally, here’s St. Vincent covering the Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Breaking the Girl,” live in Hollywood on Jan. 13. (Hat tip: Pitchfork.) See you tomorrow.

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