A 12 months into this pandemic, I’m taking dinner concepts wherever they arrive.

Final week, my daughter and I learn “Bread and Jam for Frances,” the 1964 image e-book about somewhat badger who doesn’t need to eat any of the meals her mom cooks (soft-boiled eggs, toast and recent orange juice for breakfast; breaded veal cutlets with baked potatoes for dinner). She needs solely bread and jam, and so that’s all her mom offers her. Frances lastly breaks when the remainder of the household sits all the way down to spaghetti and meatballs. Two ideas: One, I want this gifted and crafty mama badger would prepare dinner for me. If somebody put a freshly fried breaded cutlet down in entrance of me, my gratitude can be effusive to the purpose of embarrassing. Two, I needed to make meatballs. And I did it. I made meatballs. (And crimson sauce too.)

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I’d like to find out about your unlikely sources of culinary inspiration. Electronic mail me, and I’ll attempt to share a number of right here in future newsletters: dearemily@nytimes.com. Within the meantime, I hope at the least one or two of the recipes beneath name your title this week.

1. Roasted Rooster Thighs With Cauliflower and Herby Yogurt

Yossy Arefi makes this sheet-pan meal shine by seasoning the hen with coriander, smoked paprika and Aleppo pepper flakes, and by serving it with herbed yogurt sauce. Preserve that sauce recipe in your again pocket: It might bolster any variety of dishes, like roasted salmon or a pot of grains.

2. Kimchijeon (Kimchi Pancake)

These pancakes, which Samin Nosrat tailored from the chef Younger S. Kim of Pyeong Chang Tofu Home in Oakland, Calif., are so crisp on the surface, chewy inside and really enjoyable to eat. The extra flavorful your kimchi, the extra scrumptious they’ll be.

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3. Sheet-Pan Cajun Salmon

Spice blends offer you a supremely quick method to make dinner scrumptious. Millie Peartree is aware of: She makes use of Cajun seasoning (paprika, cayenne and different spices) to carry on the spot taste to this simple sheet-pan recipe of salmon, potatoes and springy asparagus.

4. Pork Schnitzel With Fast Pickles

This recipe is for Frances’s mom, for all long-suffering dad and mom who prepare dinner, and for anybody who appreciates the deliciousness of a fried breaded cutlet. You don’t have to make the fast pickles on this Melissa Clark recipe, however I’d. (You probably have extra time to prepare dinner, additionally attempt our meticulous new schnitzel recipe by J. Kenji López-Alt.)

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