Good morning. It’s the second week of the National Football League season, with the Patriots-Steelers game at 1 p.m. in the East, and the Seahawks-49ers matchup at 4:05. That’ll make for excellent chili making all afternoon, with dinner to follow in advance of a new episode of “House of the Dragon” on HBO. (Totally get it if you’re watching Premier League football instead. But we’re an American band.)
Which chili? I like Julia Moskin’s recipe for Texas chili a lot, but I’m also partial to the firehouse chili gumbo (above) that the Louisiana firefighter Jeremy Chauvin taught me to make, and which received the award for America’s best firehouse chili in 2017. So that’s what’s on my afternoon dance card today, along with some cornbread and a peach upside-down cake for dessert.
Three-cup chicken is a weeknight recipe that punches well above its weight. And once you’ve got the basics of it down, you can riff on the preparation. Add mushrooms? Fry the chicken in advance of making the sauce? Thicker sauce? Thinner? Once you’ve mastered the original, you’ll make your own decisions.
Sheet-pan paneer tikka masala is up next (at least for me), the cheese roasted with peppers and onions in a spiced garlic-ginger masala. Soaking the paneer before roasting keeps it moist in the hot oven.
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Now, you’d have to go to an enormous amount of trouble to make it anything to do with food or drink, but Diana Budds has a delightful 21 Questions interview in New York magazine this week with the artist Duke Riley. Riley once launched a replica Revolutionary War submarine against the Queen Mary 2 in New York Harbor, and we got the news on the front page of The Times with a truly awesome photograph by Damon Winter.
Out of the archive: Alan Bennett’s 2007 novella in The London Review of Books, “The Uncommon Reader,” about Queen Elizabeth II falling in love with books after a chance encounter with a mobile library.
John Kessler has a corker in Chicago magazine, “The Problem With Alinea,” about Grant Achatz’s 17-year-old temple of gastronomy in Lincoln Park. (“It’s hula night at the White Lotus,” hoo boy!)
Finally, a big new sound from the band Wednesday: “Bull Believer.” Make your gumbo with that on and have a wonderful week. Melissa will greet you on Monday, and I’ll be back on Friday.