NYT Cooking’s 20 Most Popular Recipes of 2020

An entire tube of tomato paste and a whole tin of anchovy fillets play support to a half-dozen caramelized shallots in this rich pasta from Alison Roman. Double the sauce, and keep it around for weeks to come. Ravneet Gill’s supersmart recipe omits expensive vanilla extract, but still yields incredible flavor. Don’t skip the overnight…

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Love Letter: He Had Her at Sourdough

Many extroverts have gone to extreme measures for a social fix during the pandemic. Albertina Coacci, a self-proclaimed people person, turned to daily phone calls with strangers to pass the time while in lockdown in Italy. What started as a harmless habit soon led to an affair of sorts with a man who spoke her…

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Snow Leopards Are the Latest Cats to Get the Coronavirus

Snow leopards at the Louisville Zoo are the latest animals to be infected with the coronavirus. One female cat, NeeCee, has tested positive and two males, Kimti and Meru, are presumed positive, based on tests at a regional veterinary diagnostic center that must be confirmed at a national lab. The cats are all showing minor…

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An Impressive Centerpiece in Just Five Ingredients

Savory-sweet fish, topped with tangles of herbs and bright lemon juice, looks and tastes like a celebration for your pandemic pod. There’s an unexpected inverse relationship between how easy it is to make this dish and how special it feels when it’s served. A four-ingredient, five-minute glaze coats a single slab of salmon, and the…

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How to Make a Spectacular Holiday Trifle

Of all the British puddings with their whimsical names — the roly-poly, the spotted dick, the whim wham and the Eton mess — none is as popular on this side of the pond as a custardy, boozy, cream-topped trifle. Flamboyant, fruity and exceedingly merry, trifles are a show-off dessert with a self-effacing name. For all…

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Pfizer’s Covid Vaccine and Allergies: How Concerned Should You Be?

Dr. Fauci acknowledged that the problem could turn out to affect a lot of people. “That’s one of the reasons why it’s important to cover the waterfront with different vaccine platforms,” he said, adding, “If in fact we do find out that there is a consistent issue of a certain subset of people like those…

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Roast a Chicken

Hello and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. On Tuesday, I roasted a chicken for dinner, which I don’t do nearly enough. It’s typically faster to cook chicken breasts, thighs or legs instead, and easier to serve them too (no carving). Those little advantages spell big impact when everyone is hungry and cranky. But it’s not…

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A Traditional, but Unexpected, Christmas Showstopper

I grew up largely unaware of Christmas. It wasn’t until my mid-20s, after leaving my home city of Jerusalem, that I heard carols or saw great, big roasted birds at the center of tables. It wasn’t until I lived with a man who grew up with those traditions that I tried any of those things…

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It’s Not Just You: Picking a Health Insurance Plan Is Really Hard

“People want advice, they want guidance,” Mr. Lang said. “And it’s pretty hard.” The people most likely to make bad choices appear to be those least able to afford it. A recent study in the Netherlands, which offers insurance to everyone through an Obamacare-like marketplace, found that only 5 percent of Dutch customers did a…

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Magic Shows and Inner Beauty

With the New York charity circuit on hiatus, here is how some philanthropists and society figures are spending their time and resources during the coronavirus crisis. André Leon Talley Age: 72 Occupation: author, fashion journalist Favorite Charity: Housing Works Where have you been sheltering? I’ve been in my house in White Plains. It’s an old…

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