What to Cook This Weekend


If you’re not preparing for the high holidays, this weekend might be a good one to prep some casseroles for dinners in the week ahead. We’ve pulled a baker’s dozen of casserole recipes that picky kids will probably-maybe love. I don’t think there’s one of them I wouldn’t freeze for later.

Either way: Cook some figs. There are enough around.

There are thousands more recipes to consider cooking this weekend on NYT Cooking. Just take out a subscription and you’ll be able to see and save them all. (You can also receive inspiration on Instagram and Facebook, where we post with the intensity of a Snapchatting teen.)

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Now, it’s nothing to do with lamb shanks or muesli, but Capt. John McMurray captured a cool moment in nature the other day, right inshore, and posted it to Instagram.

Please read “A Turbulent Mind,” a Marshall Project and New York Magazine report about Andrew Goldstein, a violent schizophrenic who in 1999 pushed a 32-year-old woman into the path of a subway. His crime led to a huge shift in how society cares for the violent mentally ill, both in and out of prison. Goldstein will be released from custody on Sept. 14.

Thanks to the dark prince Jon Pareles, I’ve been listening to a lot of Weakened Friends. This is “Blue Again.” Play loud.

Finally, it was on this day in 1776, colonial reports tell us, that the American soldier Ezra Lee initiated the first submarine attack in history, using a small sub named the Turtle to attempt to attach a bomb to the hull of a British ship of the line moored off Liberty Island in New York Harbor. More than 230 years later, an artist named Duke Riley tried to recreate the feat, “attacking” the Cunard ship Queen Mary 2 on the other side of the harbor, in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Randy Kennedy covered that story for The Times, Damon Winter took photographs, and back at the office I was able to talk the whole thing onto the front page of the newspaper.

I bring all that up today for two reasons. First, because journalism’s a great racket. Second, because Randy has just published his first novel, “Presidio.” Lee Child has given it a stellar review. I’m thinking you should read the review now and the novel this weekend. Cook a lot, too. See you on Sunday.





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