What are you cooking tonight

Have you ever opened the fridge and stared at it for a while, wondering what you’re cooking? U.S. too. Sometimes the joy of cooking arrives without warning – and they don’t care if you have a pantry full of groceries, or you’re going to meet friends in a couple of hours, or you’re hungry literally now. But look, you still have to eat, and a handful of cereal won’t do that at all.

Sure, eating out is always an option, but we consulted a few Food52 editors and contributors to find out what they cook up when faced with culinary situations, like a fast-growing farmers market or cravings for comfort food. Because you might be in trouble, not feeling your best, or simply need some inspiration in the kitchen…and just want to be told what to cook. (We’ve got it.)

Well, you want to have friends for dinner, you want things to be really nice, but you can’t spend too much. Lots of recipes in the Budget-Friendly Recipes column Nickel & Dine at Assigning Editor Rebecca Firkser fit this mold (looking at you, grilled tofu cabbage cups, but this month, we’re excited about the Chip Pita Dinner Salad with Stone Fruit and Chickpeas.


It’s 7:46 p.m., you’re stumbling through the door (or finally checking out email for the day), and you need to relax. Also, you need a snack. No one knows how to spend a cocktail hour like Food Editor Emma Laperruque, and this time she made a Feta Brine Martini—complete with olives stuffed with feta cheese to munch on while drinking. And maybe for dinner, opt for another great recipe, like a five-minute pickle sandwich or quick, dumb garlic pasta.


When you’re feeling homesick, there’s no greater comfort food than a family favorite. And for contributor Yi Jun Loh, this is a pork drake soup with peanuts and lotus root. He often tried to imitate the dish when he missed his mother’s cooking and lived too far away to visit him for dinner, but it was not the same; John wasn’t able to master this recipe until after he got home during the pandemic—but he would always prefer his mother’s recipe: “Every time you do, I’ll sneak into the kitchen, open the lid on the brew, and let the pig steam envelop me. During dinner, I’ll wash A bowl for her and myself, I flay her, and inflame my lips in the process, but warm my heart–like no soup of my own ever.


Contributor Olivia McCaul wants to register a complaint with whoever came up with the term morning sickness, “because if you’ve ever had it, you know it’s not just in the early hours of the day.” And when you’re hungry all day, every day, for months, nothing takes away the urge like a big bowl of pasta. A simple mixture of butter, everything bagel seasoning, and eggs, this pasta is as good at night as it is for breakfast, and you certainly don’t have to be pregnant to enjoy it.


Contributor Joy Chu wrote: “As a pastry chef, I still crave dessert – but don’t always want to bake, which may seem like a stretch of work.” And we bet even people who don’t bake for a living will agree that at the end of the day, running the oven is less than desirable. So let us suggest a misogaro milkshake. An earthy, slightly nutty cereal powder makes this classic vanilla shake sing—and bonus, you can make it completely vegan if you don’t eat dairy.


When you’re out in the weather, one of the last things you want is to spend time preparing dinner, but at the same time, you probably find yourself craving a home-cooked meal. How about the compromise: Grilled chicken soup to contribute to Jessica Romanowski (duh) features store-bought chicken drenched in water to make a flavor-packed broth, then sliced ​​into a soup with pierogi from the freezer (just eat the dumplings? Use those! The noodles will work in a pinch Also) and any weeds hanging around. Basically, you’ll be tossing everything into a bowl, chopping up some meat, and you’ll be settled into the thinnest soup in no time. Don’t you feel better already?

What do you cook when you feel kind of down the road? Let us know in the comments!

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