Let This Blueberry Bundt Cake Pull You Out of Your Baking Rut

My loaf pan has gotten a mighty workout amid the pandemic baking frenzy. But not so much the Bundt pan, which had been languishing in a high cabinet, waiting for an occasion grand enough to warrant its ornateness. But as fancy as Bundt cakes look, making them isn’t any harder than throwing together your average…

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Governors Seek to Reduce Testing Times in U.S.

Here’s what you need to know: ImageDemonstrators on Monday participated in a car caravan protest in Chicago, calling for public school classes to be held remotely when school begins in the fall.Credit…Scott Olson/Getty Images Education roundup After parents and teachers opposed a hybrid model, Chicago schools will reopen online only. Public school students in Chicago,…

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With TikTok Mired in Uncertainty, Facebook Pounces With Instagram Reels

SAN FRANCISCO — As the Chinese-owned video app TikTok works to head off the threat of a ban in the United States, Facebook has sensed opportunity. On Wednesday, Instagram, the photo-sharing app owned by Facebook, released Reels. Just like TikTok, people can use Reels to create 15-second videos that are designed to be easily shareable.…

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The Secret to Great Empanadas

Good morning. J. Kenji López-Alt has a fascinating article in The Times this week about a trip he took with his wife, Adri, to her native Colombia, and the empanadas (above) he learned to make there with the chef Carlos Gaviria. Kenji was left speechless, he wrote, by the secret ingredient used to make the…

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Do You Want to Be a Vaccine Volunteer?

Maybe you are an altruist looking for a way to help fight the coronavirus. Maybe you are hoping to be among the first to try an experimental vaccine. Or maybe you are just bored or could use a few hundred dollars. Whatever your reasons, scientists, bioethicists and current volunteers say participating in a vaccine trial…

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House Hunting in Iceland: A Lakeside Cabin for Under $800,000

Four Bedrooms and Boat Storage on Lake Thingvellir $795,000 (108 MILLION ICELANDIC KRONA) This four-bedroom summer house is perched on a green hill overlooking Lake Thingvellir, the largest lake in Iceland, in the rural southwest region of Grafningshreppur, about 30 miles east of Reykjavik. The 1.9-acre property sits among a cluster of summer houses along…

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McConnell Signals Openness to Jobless Aid Extension

This briefing has ended. Read live coronavirus updates here. Here’s what you need to know: ImageMitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, signaled he might be willing to accept the extension of the jobless-aid payments that many in his party oppose.Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times As talks drag on, McConnell signals openness to jobless aid extension,…

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How to Save Seeds for Next Year’s Garden

In gardening, what looks like a mishap may be an epiphany in disguise. “If you remembered to harvest your lettuce, great,” Ken Greene reminded me recently. “If you forgot to harvest the lettuce, great!” Missing a harvest window means you could be on your way to growing a crop of that plant’s seed, which is…

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