Cozy season is here – New York Times

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Good morning. It’s a pleasure to greet you this Friday after Thanksgiving, at the beginning of the cozy season, here during the shrinking days of the year. I usually write to Times readers via the newsletter Home and Away, where I have been thinking for months about how we can live a full and cultural life during the pandemic.

I started working with a group of Times journalists during the early days of lockdown, and tried to gather ideas and inspiration to help you navigate a world that suddenly changed in almost every way. Twice a week I collect recommendations from my colleagues and from readers to pass the time richly, wherever you are. Today I am here to give some suggestions on how to spend your weekend after the meal.

The day after Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that the holiday season gives us: a day off from work for many, but not the actual big day. It’s a do-it-yourself adventure day, whether or not your adventure consists of Black Friday shopping (maybe this herbal gift guide will inspire you?), curl up with one of ours 100 famous books 2021, dares to see Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film, “Licorice Pizza,” or do something else.

I’m a fan of a quasi-hibernation after Thanksgiving in slippers and sweats, which revolves around the kitchen, where leftover food attracts. It’s the perfect weekend to stream something you’ve going to catch. (The final season of “Insecure”? Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut, “Passing”? “Cowboy Bebop” – either the original anime series or the new live-action version?) But if you’ve had your fill of hunker-down life , I hear you, and encourage you to be safe out and about. We indoor cats take care of the hearth until you return.

Holidays, in the Norman Rockwell version, are rosy cheeks, hugging-all-around business. Of course, that is not always the reality. If this weekend brings you a welcome emptying of an overcrowded house, if it’s the first time you’ve opened your jaw in a week or if you just feel out of shape after another confusing year, then you’re not alone. My friends and family have started using the vague but all-encompassing phrase “it’s a lot” to describe how we have been feeling lately. It explains what happens without going into details; it is non-specific but readable by all.

No matter how you spend this weekend, I hope you are safe and warm, that you can relax a little and that you get in touch and catch up with people you love. I hope you have leftovers (more on that below from my colleague Sanam Yar), and if you are traveling I hope your trip is free of headaches. Thank you for making room for me at your table.

If you are lucky enough to have a mountain of Thanksgiving leftovers, a world of possibilities awaits beyond your usual turkey sandwich. (But if you still want one, do it an Elena Ruz sandwich – a sweet concoction named after the Cuban socialist who invented it.)

You might want to a leftover enchilada pie, which may sound a bit offbeat but is easy to make and good. Turkey is also well suited for tweaked versions of tikka masala, green mole or pho, courtesy of Samin Nosrat. When it comes to other sandwiches, Melissa Clark recommends turkey cuban or healthy pitas.

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