Updated, 9:47 a.m.
Good morning on this toasty Wednesday.
In New York, preparing a home-cooked meal for one can often seem just as expensive as eating out.
If that’s the case, you’re not doing it correctly, says Mark Erickson , the provost of the Culinary Institute of America, who wrote the book “Cooking for One” with his wife, Lisa.
Cooking for just yourself can be healthful and cheap, he said: “It all boils down to planning.”
To begin, Mr. Erickson recommends putting together a menu for the week, then cooking and storing large batches of food (like braised meat , tomato sauce and chili ).
But Monday night’s roast chicken should never be served the same way twice, he said. Think of it as an ingredient for another dish, like chicken salad or a sandwich.
To make cooking more convenient, adopt the French practice of mise en place , meaning putting everything in its place as you set up the kitchen, he said. (Example: Wash and bag vegetables, and prepare meats and sauces, at the beginning of the week.)
Other tips: Buy seasonal produce, shop at a farmers’ market, eat less meat and cook for a global palate — including Indian or Mexican food, which “build flavor economically through technique and by combining spices,” he said.
Oh, and treat yourself.
“I enjoy cooking with wine — sometimes I even put it in the food,” he said, quoting Julia Child.
“Entertain yourself this evening,” he added, “and try something new.”
You can get started with these dinner for one recipes from The New York Times.
Here’s what else is happening:
If you’re spending time behind a stove today, sautéing could get sweaty.
On the menu: unusually warm weather, with a high of 82 , and a side of afternoon breeze.
No dessert, unfortunately; temperatures are about to drop again, and rain may roll in for the rest of the week.
• An investigation into Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign fund-raising is focusing on whether donations were exchanged in several cases for beneficial city action. [ New York Times ]
• A police sergeant fatally shot a 66-year-old woman in a Bronx apartment. [ New York Times ]
• The first custody case is underway to test New York State’s newly expanded definition of parentage. [ New York Times ]
• A statue of a naked Hillary Clinton has popped up in Lower Manhattan. [ Crain’s ]
• A college student from New York City died fighting for ISIS in Syria. [ New York Magazine ]
• The man who slashed an off-duty detective with a meat cleaver near Penn Station last month pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder. [ NBC ]
• A record number of New York police officers want to retire. [ New York Post ]
• Construction has officially started on One Vanderbilt in Midtown Manhattan, slated to be the city’s second tallest skyscraper. [ DNAInfo ]
• Sip that cider: The number of farm cideries in New York has tripled in recent years. [ ]
• Forty dead cats were found in a freezer in Long Island City, Queens. [ Gothamist ]
• … But yes, there are still delightful news stories out there about the police rescuing cats from trees. [ CBS ]
• Kanye West is returning to the city for two more year-end concerts, one on New Year’s Eve. [ Stereogum ]
• Today’s Metropolitan Diary: “ No Reason to Rush Home ”
• Scoreboard: Sharks attack Islanders , 3-2. Devils curse Ducks , 2-1.
• For a global look at what’s happening, see Your Wednesday Briefing .
• The St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble performs an evening of classical music at the Center for Arts & Culture at Restoration in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. 5 p.m. [Free]
• Break out the kneepads. Learn to play volleyball at St. Mary’s Recreation Center in the Bronx. 6 p.m. [ Recreation center membership required ]
• Tyler Anbinder, the author of “ City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York ,” speaks at the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side. 6:30 p.m. [Free]
• Cornell William Brooks , the president of the N. A. A. C. P., holds a town hall-style discussion on civil rights, education and leadership at New York University’s Kimmel Center for University Life in Greenwich Village. 6:30 p.m. [Free]
• Watch a mock debate performed by comedians before the third (and final) presidential debate at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in SoHo. 8 p.m. [ $8 ]
• Rangers host Red Wings, 8 p.m. (NBCS).
• Subway and PATH
• Railroads : L. I. R. R. , Metro-North , N. J. Transit , Amtrak
• Roads : Check traffic map or radio report on the 1s or the 8s.
• Alternate-side parking : in effect until Oct 24.
• Ferries : Staten Island Ferry , New York Waterway , East River Ferry
• Airports : La Guardia , J. F. K. , Newark
Winter is coming.
With the glorious weather this week, you might not notice — or care — but the Sanitation Department is already preparing.
This week it put out a call for emergency snow laborers.
They are New York’s first defense against snow pileup, and are called upon to clear snow and ice from the city’s streets, fire hydrants and bus stops after a big storm.
To register, you must be at least 18 years old and be able to perform heavy physical labor.
The pay is $15 an hour, or $22.50 an hour after 40 hours of work.
Interested? Enlist at your local sanitation garage .
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