Good morning. It’s a pleasure to greet you this Friday after Thanksgiving, on the daybreak of cozy season, right here within the dwindling days of the yr. I normally write to Occasions readers through the At Residence and Away publication, the place, for months, I’ve been considering methods we will lead a full and cultured life through the pandemic.
I began working with a gaggle of Occasions journalists within the early days of lockdown, endeavoring to assemble concepts and inspiration that can assist you navigate a world abruptly modified in virtually each approach. Twice per week, I collect suggestions from my colleagues and from readers for passing the time richly, wherever you might be. Right now, I’m right here to supply some strategies for tips on how to spend your postprandial weekend.
The day after Thanksgiving is a type of in-between days that the vacation season bestows on us: a day without work from work for a lot of, however not the precise massive day. It’s a choose-your-own-adventure day, whether or not your explicit journey consists of Black Friday buying (maybe this plant-based present information will encourage you?), curling up with one in all our 100 Notable Books of 2021, venturing out to see Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film, “Licorice Pizza,” or doing one thing else.
I’m a fan of a post-Thanksgiving quasi hibernation in slippers and sweats, orbiting the kitchen, the place leftovers beckon. It’s the perfect weekend for streaming one thing you’ve been which means to catch. (The ultimate season of “Insecure”? Rebecca Corridor’s directorial debut, “Passing”? “Cowboy Bebop” — both the unique anime collection or the brand new live-action model?) However in case you’ve had your fill of the hunker-down life, I hear you, and encourage you to be safely out and about. We indoor cats will thoughts the fireplace till your return.
Holidays, within the Norman Rockwell model, are rosy-cheeked, hugs-all-around affairs. That’s not, after all, at all times the fact. If this weekend for you brings the welcome emptying of a too-full home, if it’s the primary time you’ve unclenched your jaw in per week or in case you’re simply feeling out of types after one more complicated yr, you’re not alone. My family and friends have taken to utilizing the obscure but all-encompassing phrase “it’s quite a bit” to explain how we’ve been feeling these days. It explains what’s occurring with out going into element; it’s nonspecific however legible to, properly, everybody.
Nonetheless you spend this weekend, I hope that you just’re secure and heat, that you just’re capable of chill out a bit, and that you just get to attach and meet up with folks you’re keen on. I hope you’ve gotten leftovers (extra on that under from my colleague Sanam Yar), and in case you’re touring, I hope your journey is headache-free. Thanks for making room for me at your desk.
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Your information to leftovers
Should you’re fortunate sufficient to have a mountain of Thanksgiving leftovers, a world of potentialities awaits past your normal turkey sandwich. (Although in case you nonetheless need one, make it an Elena Ruz sandwich — a sweet-savory concoction named for the Cuban socialite who invented it.)
Maybe you’d like a leftovers enchilada pie, which can sound just a little offbeat however is straightforward to make and scrumptious. Turkey additionally lends itself properly to tweaked variations of tikka masala, mole verde or pho, courtesy of Samin Nosrat. As for different sandwiches, Melissa Clark recommends turkey cubanos or healthy-ish pitas.