Picnic-Ready Dressings and Pickles

Some picnic-worthy accouterments have just been introduced by familiar grocery store brands. After growing salad greens for over 20 years, Satur Farms, in Cutchogue, N.Y., has introduced vinaigrette-style dressings created by Eberhard Müller, an owner and a chef. Each of four varieties (spicy Asian, citrus, honey-balsamic and white truffle) comes in one-ounce single-portion packets, six…

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A Grill Big Enough for a Yak

Before you fire up the Weber, you might want to take a trip to Ironbound Farm in Asbury, in Hunterdon County, N.J., where Charles Rosen, the owner, has completed construction of a monumental grill. Mr. Rosen calls it the “mother fire” and considers it the crowning touch at his farm, cidery, winery and tasting room.…

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Just Add Peaches

Stephen and Jessica Rose couldn’t find juicy, fragrant fresh peaches in Nashville, where they settled as newlyweds, so they did something about it. In 2012 the couple bought bushels of peaches — Mr. Rose is from Fort Valley, Ga., and was familiar with Pearson Farm there — loaded the fruit in a 1964 Jeep Gladiator…

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Scientists Took an M.R.I. Scan of an Atom

As our devices get smaller and more sophisticated, so do the materials we use to make them. That means we have to get up close to engineer new materials. Really close. Different microscopy techniques allow scientists to see the nucleotide-by-nucleotide genetic sequences in cells down to the resolution of a couple atoms as seen in…

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A Naughty Name, a Virtuous Menu and a Line Down the Block

ATLANTA — As a name for a food business, Slutty Vegan could have doomed the place from the start. Turns out, it was a really good idea. At what is not much more than a takeout counter in a rapidly gentrifying historic black neighborhood west of downtown Atlanta, people stand in line for two or…

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Martinis at the Bar. Sinatra on Repeat. The TWA Hotel Sells a Jet-Age Fantasy.

Within the first couple of weeks there were half a dozen marriage proposals. Guys dropping to their knees in the Sunken Lounge and on the cantilevered catwalk — popping the question on the Solari split-flap departure board or in “Connie,” the 1958 TWA Lockheed Constellation Starliner parked outside on the roof of a new underground…

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10 Medical Myths We Should Stop Believing. Doctors, Too.

You might assume that standard medical advice was supported by mounds of scientific research. But researchers recently discovered that nearly 400 routine practices were flatly contradicted by studies published in leading journals. Of more than 3,000 studies published from 2003 through 2017 in JAMA and the Lancet, and from 2011 through 2017 in the New…

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Taylor Swift, Scooter Braun and the Power of the Unfollow

Taylor Swift has more than 119 million followers on Instagram. Scooter Braun, who manages Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato, has just over 3 million. That number appears to be dropping. It all started on Sunday morning, when Mr. Braun’s company, Ithaca Holdings, announced that it had acquired the Big Machine Label Group, which…

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A Recipe for When You (Gasp) Grow Tired of Hot Dogs

While the solstice precedes the Fourth of July by a few weeks or so, the Fourth always feels like both the beginning of summer and its peak. It’s the time we are ready to finally let the relaxed spirit of the warmer months subsume our collective psyche, and yet when it arrives, all we do…

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A Probiotic for Obesity?

People with obesity-related disorders may benefit from supplements of a common gut bacterium, a small pilot study suggests. Researchers tested the bacterium, Akkermansia muciniphila, in 32 men and women who met the criteria for metabolic syndrome by having at least three of five conditions: high fasting blood sugar, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, low HDL…

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