How to Host a Socially Distanced Barbecue

Here’s a maxim for entertaining in the age of Covid-19: The only way to bring people together is to figure out how to keep them apart. So on a recent blue-skied afternoon, I stretched a tape measure to six feet while my husband, Daniel, arranged chairs and folding TV tables in our narrow Brooklyn backyard.…

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Fresh and Satisfying

Hello and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. My quarantine diet has shifted considerably in recent weeks: I now have way more access to fresh greens, which has meant salads galore. This windfall has reminded me that a great salad is a true luxury. (I am also devouring berries, fresh and baked into desserts like Jerrelle…

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This One-Pan Meal Shows Just How Joyful Tofu Can Be

Tofu’s versatility is no secret, but to embrace its many uses is an exquisite thing — it can be pan-fried, grilled, blended into spreads and dressings, or tossed in a smoker for a few hours. Those who know tofu well understand it as an ingredient that is subtle and ever-so-slightly sweet, a willing canvas for…

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High School Sweethearts a Decade Ago

Evelyn Rodriguez and Feliberto Gonzalo, both 27, were high school sweethearts who started dating their senior year at Union City High School in New Jersey, and in 2010 went to their prom together. Mr. Gonzalo, who wore a tuxedo to the prom, gave her a wrist corsage spray painted with gold glitter to match her…

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Enjoying Your Backyard All Summer Long

This summer may be one largely lived outdoors, where the safest place to see a friend or escape the four walls of your home is in your backyard or on your balcony or roof deck. But summer is not always so cooperative, and by mid-July, the heat, bugs and humidity can undo the best-laid summer…

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Second Chance for First Impression

It took two first dates for Nuala O’Connor and Peter Bass to fall in love. In 2013, Peter Bass, 56, was chatting with a college friend from Princeton at an event in Washington. “I was newly divorced and I had been doing the whole online thing and was finding it a little tiresome and challenging,”…

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More Than a Last-Chance College Romance

Katie Adams and Emily Fletcher, both neuroscience majors at Dartmouth College, were in the last term of their final year, in 2013, before they met. Ms. Adams noticed Ms. Fletcher (left), both now 29, because the latter was perpetually late to a class they had together, and so had to sit in the back with…

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A Little Chutzpah Goes a Long Way

Emily Abigail Waife summoned up a bit of chutzpah in 2013, after talking it over with friends. She wanted to tell Eli Michael Kaufman she had feelings for him. “I always thought he was funny and I loved his passion for Judaism,” said Ms. Waife, a paternal great-great granddaughter of Sholem Aleichem, the Yiddish author…

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Don’t Hate Me, but I Hate My Job

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, or a request to remain anonymous. Letters may be edited. When a Summer Job Feels Wrong I’m an undergraduate, and I’ve been discussing with my friends: Is it wrong to get a summer job? One of our concerns…

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As He Cut My Hair, I Wept

A few weeks ago, I gave myself a crew cut. I didn’t know how long it would be before I could visit a barber and figured I might as well do it myself. I took my electric clippers into the backyard of our house on Martha’s Vineyard, where we live year-round. It didn’t take long,…

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