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Mark Bittman and Sam Sifton Team Up for Civilized Feast

In the weeds.

In the weeds.Photo: New York Times Magazine

Here are the two Times writers demonstrating how to put together a meal for fifteen people without breaking a sweat. The menu includes cold poached lobster salad, soubise, roast chicken, and poached pears. However, much like Seal once sang, midway through cooking up a storm, the pair realizes they're never going to survive unless they get a little bit crazy, so they stuff cumin and a little preserved lemon under the chicken skin, then ditch their harissa plans in favor of reducing lobster stock into a concentrated base for their homemade lobster mayonnaise. The feature has a video and timeline so you can follow and cook along at home. [NYTM]

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