The Joy of Ham and Cheese


Good morning. You miss me? I used to be in France for work, and if the meals wasn’t as nice as I’d dreamed it is likely to be, after greater than two years within the dwelling workplace, at the least there have been ham and cheese sandwiches. Jambons beurres: heat, skinny baguettes with unsalted butter and skinny slices of juicy ham and nutty Gruyère. I ate at the least a type of daily I used to be gone, and vowed to convey the observe dwelling with me, my 2022 music of the summer time.

You don’t want a recipe to make one, solely high quality components: a superb baguette, high-fat European butter, sweet-salty ham and cheese. Use somewhat extra butter than you ordinarily would possibly, and fewer meat and even much less cheese. The thought is to not create a type of towering Dagwood sandwiches, however one thing extra carefully approximating a nonetheless life. It’s a research in simplicity.

That takes self-discipline. Don’t make this sandwich if the bread’s not nice, or if all you possibly can handle is deli ham, home Swiss and fridge-flavored butter. As a substitute, prepare dinner this marvelous roasted salmon with miso rice and ginger-scallion vinaigrette (above). Someday you’ll discover the good things. And whenever you do, pounce.

An alternative choice if a jambon beurre just isn’t within the playing cards: these beautiful brown-butter shrimp with hazelnuts, a one-skillet meal to serve with toast, below a bathe of lemon juice.

Now, it’s an extended stroll by Two Medicine Valley from something to do with rice and peas, however I learn the New Zealand crime author Vanda Symon’s “Overkill” on the airplane dwelling and thrilled to the language. Maybe you’ll do the identical.

I’m very late to it, however “Licorice Pizza”? Holy smokes that Alana Haim is nice. (Lindsay Zoladz wrote about her for The Occasions final 12 months.)

Right here’s the good yacht I noticed in Cannes: S/V Twizzle, out of George City, Bahamas.

Lastly, right here’s new music from Gorillaz, that includes Thundercat: “Cracker Island.” Cook dinner with that, and I’ll be again on Friday.


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