Good morning. Did you miss me? I spent more than two weeks not writing newsletters, not editing recipes or thinking about stories to tell, not checking in with correspondents, not clearing my inbox, not doing much of anything productive besides cooking for my family, chasing fish in the surf, chopping aged maple and reading books in the shade. It was a glorious break from a routine I generally treasure, and to which I return refreshed and excited, eager for what’s next.
And it’s the weekend already! I might kick it off with Dorie Greenspan’s latest, an age-old recipe for chicken in a pot (above). She’s been perfecting it since she decamped for Paris at the age of 19 and got herself invited for dinner by a stranger, who served a similar dish that, she wrote for The Times this week, she’s carried around in her head for decades, “calling it