Front Burner: Mint Tea and More From Morocco

Tea, especially mint, is as essential as couscous to the Moroccan table. Mina brand from Casablanca Foods, a reliable source for harissa condiments and sauces for cooking, has just introduced a line of teas. Nana is a type of Moroccan mint with toasty overtones; Atay, a traditional blend of mint with Chinese green tea that’s…

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Front Burner: A New Syrup for Your Bar Cart

Silan is a Middle Eastern syrup made from steamed, pressed dates. I now keep a container of it in my refrigerator for cocktails. It’s especially suited to whiskey drinks, which benefit from a shot of the dark, musky sweetness. Use it in marinades and sauces for basting roasted meats, over granola and yogurt in the…

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Front Burner: Shortcut Cooking From Jamie Oliver

Clever cookbooks with a limited number of ingredients per recipe are not new, but this one from the chef Jamie Oliver is notable for its ease and verve. Before he gets to the cooking he names his five “pantry heroes”: red wine vinegar, sea salt, black pepper and two olive oils, everyday and finer for…

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Scene City: Inside the 2019 Golden Globes After-Parties

Immediately after the Golden Globes, winners and losers fanned out across the Beverly Hilton Hotel for various after-parties. Rachel Brosnahan, who won the best actress award for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” made her way to the party hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which bestows the awards.

Q&A: The Games Animals Play

Image CreditVictoria Roberts Q. Do animals play games? If so, why? A. Many immature mammals practice hunting and fighting skills in preparation for the real thing. Anyone who has raised a litter of kittens has observed their almost continuous cycles of pursuit and evasion, capture and attempted evisceration, and sometimes even a mock version of…

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Medical News Today: Acne: How common drug changes skin microbiome

Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, but its exact causes are poorly understood. A new study uncovers how a common acne drug alters the balance of bacteria in our skin. How does a change in the skin microbiome improve acne? Isotretinoin (brand name Accutane) is commonly used to treat severe…

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One Good Meal: A Different Kind of Comfort Food for an Italian Chef

In “One Good Meal,” we ask cooking-inclined creative people to share the story behind a favorite dish they actually make and eat at home on a regular basis — and not just when they’re trying to impress. The chef Nina Clemente spent much of her childhood in New York City and southern Italy, but some…

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The Checkup: Managing Children’s Pain After Surgery

Pain control in infants and children has come a long way over the past few decades. Experts know how to provide appropriate anesthesia when children need surgery and understand the ways that even very young children express distress when they’re hurting afterward. There is a lot of evidence about reducing the pain and anxiety that…

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The New Health Care: Why a ‘Passive’ Health Approach Can Produce the Most Action

Image Making time to exercise, like many good things in life, can be hard to accomplish unless it’s on autopilot. CreditDavid Swanson/The Philadelphia Inquirer, via Associated Press A $100 billion dollar health care package was proposed by congressional Republicans this past summer, and afterward endorsed by some Democrats. It aims to save money by encouraging…

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Personal Health: Managing Teenage Acne

Acne appeared sporadically at first when Sophia Steinberg was in the eighth grade, but within two years she said her face, chest and back were covered with embarrassing lesions of cystic acne. “I was very self-conscious, deeply insecure and anxious,” Sophia, a Brooklyn high school student, told me. “I would wake up ashamed for my…

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