For Best Results, Eat This Roti Immediately

LOS ANGELES — There’s more than one way to laminate paratha-style roti, to fill the dough with fine layers of fat and bring the bread to life. At Bridgetown Roti, Rashida Holmes paints each round with butter, rolls it into a twist, and coils that twist into a spiral. As the dough is rolled flat…

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It’s Braising Season!

Good morning. Here we go again. The trees are in their autumn beauty, but the week begins suspiciously like all the other weeks we’ve weathered since March, with mild surprise, tempered annoyance: It’s Monday again, so soon? We trudge out to work. We drive or bicycle to work. We plod across bedrooms to work, to…

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Share Your Story of Keeping America Fed

Every American depends on a chain of people stretching from farms and fisheries to their front doors. While much of the country remained at home as the coronavirus spread, this group worked to feed the nation. We want to hear from essential workers throughout the food industry about what they have experienced. How have their…

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One-Pot Deluxe

Hello and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. A few weeks ago, I got a great email from a reader in Los Angeles who said that she’s been leaning into sheet-pan dinners in this stressy time, meals that “feel deluxe but are secretly super easy”: gnocchi roasted with squash; Santa Maria tri-tip with potatoes and broccoli…

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You’ll Definitely Want to Keep This Savory Sauce on Hand

Stocking up, stockpiling, supermarket sweeps: 2020 has, for many of us, changed the way we shop. Even though we know, rationally, that there are enough tins of tomatoes and bags of flour to go around, our instinct can still be to have a surplus. There is something reassuring and comforting about crossing a fully stocked…

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This Dessert Goes Out to the Crust Lovers

If you are a crust person, you will love a galette. Unlike most pies with their deep reservoirs of filling, galettes are flat as saucers. Their buttery pastry holds a just a shallow layer of whatever you put on top, whether it’s sliced summer fruit, slivered vegetables, or — in this autumnal example — a…

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How to Create Your Own Herbal Tea Garden

The tea garden — a typically modest plot dedicated to the growing of herbs and flowers for steeping — has its roots in ancient herbalist traditions and helped lay the foundation for modern botany. According to “The Gardener’s Companion to Medicinal Plants,” a 2016 guide to home remedies, the study of herbal medicine can be…

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Take Comfort in Pumpkin This Season

Remote learning, empty football stadiums, no trick or treating. Fall might look and feel very different this year, but at least there are still plenty of pumpkins to be picked and pumpkin treats to eat. For carving and pumpkinseed roasting, standard jack-o’-lantern, or field, pumpkins will do just fine, but for eating, look for small,…

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Seasons Change. Classic Drinks Do, Too.

Transitions are rarely linear — in life, love or seasons. As temperatures oscillate and the days get shorter, drinks that garner a sense of coziness, like toddies and mulled wine, can take you right from the cusp of fall to cuffing season. Toddies and mulled wine have a long history, with mulled wine dating to…

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How Income Inequality Has Erased Your Chance to Drink the Great Wines

Among the many ways the rich are different from you and me: Only they can afford grand cru Burgundy. That wasn’t always the case. In the 1990s, middle-class wine lovers could still afford to experience that rite of passage — drinking a truly great wine, not simply to enjoy it, but to understand what qualities…

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