4 Festive Dishes to Make You Happy to Be Home

Some of the very best dishes are those that take a long time — time you never used to have. These comforting but festive holiday recipes don’t require much prep time or hands-on attention, but they do need you to be around the house. You just have to wait while the dishes fill your home…

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How to Donate Your Frequent Flier Miles

This may not have been the year in which you used many of your frequent flier miles or loyalty points, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put them to good use while they idle in your accounts. Several airlines have partnered with nonprofit organizations to convert donated miles into plane tickets that benefit humanitarian, wellness,…

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Powerfully Flavored Pasta

Hello and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes, the newsletter for busy people who still want something good to eat. I find that this time of year I’m entranced by the idea of projects, like baking a wild array of cookies, chocolate babka, Japanese cheesecake, cardamom buns, brandied fruit scones. I want to make mushroom Wellington…

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What Hearing Loss Feels Like in ‘Sound of Metal’

Creating an audioscape for a movie about a musician losing his hearing is more complicated than it may seem. The filmmakers behind the new drama “Sound of Metal” wanted to take audiences into the experience of its lead character, Ruben (Riz Ahmed), a punk-metal drummer who is forced to look at his life differently as…

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Covid ‘Long-Haulers’ Need Medical Attention, Experts Urge

Dr. John Brooks, the chief medical officer of the C.D.C.’s Covid response, the co-chairman with Dr. Saag of one session, said he expected long-term post-Covid symptoms would affect “on the order of tens of thousands in the United States and possibly hundreds of thousands.” He added, “If you were to ask me what do we…

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Baricitinib: Doctors Are Skeptical of This Covid-19 Drug From Eli Lilly

In mid-November, an arthritis drug with a tricky name hit a pandemic milestone — then slipped back into relative obscurity. The drug, baricitinib, was granted an emergency authorization by the Food and Drug Administration to treat a subset of hospitalized Covid-19 patients in combination with another medication, the antiviral remdesivir. It is one of only…

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Overlooked No More: Barbara Waxman Fiduccia, Reproductive Rights Advocate

Fiduccia pushed for increased access to reproductive services, including mammograms and pelvic exams. She and others successfully lobbied to expand the national Hate Crime Statistics Act to include violence against people with disabilities. She also served on the California attorney general’s Civil Rights Commission on Hate Crimes. With her future husband, Daniel Fiduccia, a legal…

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A Genius Method for Making Latkes

A few months ago, I had brunch on the lawn at the Outermost Inn on Martha’s Vineyard, in Massachusetts. So happy to be at a restaurant after months of quarantine, I ordered the potato rösti, which arrived thick and square, topped with smoked salmon and crème fraîche. When I dipped my fork into the potato,…

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Sports, Covid and Kids: New Pediatric Guidelines

Even those who were completely asymptomatic should increase activity gradually, and only after being screened, Dr. Briskin said, suggesting five stages of incremental progress toward full activity; the A.A.P. recommends a schedule for graduated return to play that was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine earlier this year. Dr. Aaron Baggish, the director…

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Zendaya Joins the Valentino Family

Like Thanos collecting all six of the Infinity Stones to become an all-powerful being in the Avengers movies, red carpet darling and fashion’s favorite It girl Zendaya just added one more feat to her very own gauntlet—minus the whole trying to wipe out civilization like giant purple villain. For her next trick, Zendaya will enter…

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