Fried Fish Sandwiches, Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookies, A New-to-Me App

Good morning, I hope everyone had a nice weekend. I went to my first virtual bat mitzvah on Saturday and was surprised to find it as moving as an in-person service. (Big Mazels, Maylie!) I also did my first training session with Vote Save America for Wisconsin and I learned a lot, including what Culver’s is — Midwesterners don’t laugh! In culture news, we watched and LOVED Judd Apatow’s The King of Staten Island — Pete Davidson was of course amazing and as likable as ever, but Marisa Tomei was perfect. Can’t recommend strongly enough. Here’s Monday’s PPP…

Project: Pan-Fried Fish Sandwiches

On Sunday, we hit the farmer’s market and picked up some really fresh flounder. Usually when the fish is that good, we prepare it pretty simply, dredging in flour, egg, breadcrumbs, then frying and serving the fillets with tartar sauce. This time, though, we went the extra Father’s-Day mile, stuffing the pan-fried fish in between potato buns and topping with a creamy slaw. I have to say, it was damn good. Especially when served alongside a beet-and-pea shoot wheat berry salad (coming soon!) For the slaw: Whisk together 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar, 1/3 cup olive oil, salt, pepper, 2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill, squeeze of hot sauce. Thin it out with a few drops of water if it’s too thick. Toss into about 2 cups of shredded Napa cabbage. Top each fish sandwich with a healthy scoop of slaw.

Pantry: Gluten-Free Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookies

My niece Sophie (who is not avoiding gluten necessarily) made a batch of these for me last time I saw her and I was blown away by how addictive they were. She adds a pinch of nutmeg and sometimes a little coconut to the batter. No picture, sorry, but please trust me, they were amazing.

Purpose: EatOkra App

Abby discovered EatOkra, a cool app for finding and supporting nearby Black-owned food businesses. There are over 2600 restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and food trucks listed. And for those of you in Westchester, here’s another good source.

Stay safe.

The goal of the Project, Pantry, Purpose series to keep us sane, distracted, connected, and USEFUL. It began in March 2020. Please continue to comment below with suggestions for recipes, projects (for kids and adults), good deeds, donation ideas, stories, movies, games, puzzles. Or just tell me how you’re doing, what your daily routine is, and especially how DALS can help you or people in your community. You can also email me directly at

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We celebrated Father’s Day with my husband and son’s fave: burgers. BUT, to make myself feel better about it, i made the buns from scratch. They were so easy, delicious, and felt somewhat healthful? And we accompanied it with your sandwich slaw from “Dinner: The Playbook.”

I’ve adopted Jaime Harris from my home state of SC! Lindsey Graham has got to GOoooooo!!!


We’ve been giving Jaime money for the last few weeks, too.
And burger buns from scratch, wow I’m impressed!!! Just when you think you know someone!

Jessica Smith

Excellent timing! I’m a longtime reader and have all of your cookbooks (pork ragu FTW). I just found out today that I might have celiac disease. Thanks for the cookie recipe!


Forgive me if this came up already- as I’m super late to this movie watching party, but!
Just watched Atlantic’s on Netflix this week and wow what a film. Senegal is not a country I’m familiar with but the theme of migration is one for many these days. Worth a watch!
P.S. going to give these fish sammies a go. Looks delicious


Culver’s is the best! And so are Wisconsin progressives. Thanks for helping us out! I’ll be phone banking this weekend.