Good morning. “People generally were awake — wide awake, in fact — very early yesterday,” The Times reported on the day after the presidential election of 1860, “for they knew they had a duty to perform which could not occur but once in four years, and in the actual shape it assumed, perhaps not more than once in a lifetime. And whether they were Republicans or Fusionists, they went to work with a will.”
And so it was again yesterday, at least for those who had not voted early: Americans exercised their prerogative as independent citizens, and made their voices known. The counting continues. A long night stretches on.
Still, I’m thankful for Melissa Clark’s new recipe for beef stew (above), which as good as it might be on the election night it was made, is all the better the next evening, as the flavors cure. You might try it yourself, food for comfort in coming days.
Also for Pati Jinich’s ace reporting on the true history of nachos
Mix and match at will, no-recipe recipe style. The other night, I braised some pork shoulder in lime juice with cumin, then diced it all up fine and crisped it in duck fat for impromptu carnitas. That, on some of Pati’s original nachos, with the pickled jalapeños? Oh, yes.
Looking beyond stew and nachos, this could be a good week for a comforting bowl of butternut squash pasta with bacon and Parmesan. Likewise for chicken marsala and mushrooms, for a spinach and feta borek, for kale soup with potatoes and sausage. Not to mention these German chocolate cookies. A skillet vegetarian chili with eggs and Cheddar? Yes, please, that too.
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Now, it’s not anything to do with shirred eggs or vegan chocolate pudding, but I think you might enjoy the look and feel of “The Queen’s Gambit” on Netflix.
Thanks to the essential S/FJ, I started hanging out on this amazing site, Astronaut, that allows you to travel the world through clips of YouTube videos that virtually no one has seen. It’s strangely moving.
Before there was Ricky Jay, there was the card magician Charlie Miller. Here’s some footage of him working, and it’s pretty great.
Finally, in case you missed it, do read Jesse Green in The Times, on Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins trying to come up with a show after “West Side Story.” They thought adapting one of Brecht’s teaching plays might work. Blecht. It never opened. Great story. I’ll be back on Friday.