Pumpkin Seeds, Made in America

Those pumpkin seeds you might buy to nibble, use in cooking or mix into granola probably come from China, the world’s largest producer of pumpkins. Two American producers of pumpkin seeds — Stony Brook WholeHeartedFoods in Geneva, N.Y., and Autumn Seed in Corvallis, Ore. — estimate that at least 75 percent of the seeds sold…

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Kee’s Chocolates Opens a Shop on the Upper West Side

Kee Ling Tong, who started her chocolate company in SoHo in 2002, is now selling her lovely handmade bonbons; sleek dark and milk chocolate bars with flavorings like almonds, bergamot, jasmine and hibiscus; and nut-studded bark and macarons from a sliver of a storefront on the Upper West Side. She has closed her shop in…

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The Wild World of Natural Wine

The trial run for Wild World Fermentation Festival, a natural wine fair, took place last spring in Austin, Texas. Success of the fair, which also featured wild-fermented ciders and beers, has led to a repeat in Brooklyn on Oct. 28. In addition to samples of wines, beers and ciders from more than 50 producers, there…

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You’re Invited to This Questlove Party

The multifaceted career of Questlove (Ahmir Thompson), the musician and entertainer, includes food salons, where chefs cook for high-profile guests. With his new book “Mixtape Potluck,” he has turned things around and has guests do the cooking. Recipes, usually enough to feed a dozen or more, have been contributed by 57 of his friends. Zooey…

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The New Makers of Plant-Based Meat? Big Meat Companies

Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, scrappy start-ups that share a penchant for superlatives and a commitment to protecting the environment, have dominated the relatively new market for vegetarian food that looks and tastes like meat. But with plant-based burgers, sausages and chicken increasingly popular and available in fast-food restaurants and grocery stores across the United…

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The California Fur Ban and What It Means for You

So California has become the first state to ban fur. This sounds draconian. What does that actually mean? It is true that on Friday the state’s governor, Gavin Newsom, signed AB44 into law, which bans sales of new clothing and accessories (handbags, shoes, pompoms, key chains, you know) made of fur. But that does not…

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How to treat pregnancy acne

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Fortnite Goes Dark, and Gamers Wonder What’s Next

If you have an inconsolable gamer in your life, here’s why: Fortnite, one of the world’s most popular video games, has gone quiet. Since Sunday afternoon, players eager to enter the game’s virtual world to fight one another have instead been confronted by a blank screen with a black hole at its center. The game’s…

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For Sondheim, Raúl Esparza Protects His Voice. For ‘Seared,’ His Fingers.

Wherever Raúl Esparza goes, it seems, people expect him to sing “Being Alive,” the heart-rending Stephen Sondheim ballad from “Company,” for which he earned a lead actor Tony Award nomination in 2006. “If I don’t sing that song, people get upset,” he said, sipping a coffee in Midtown. “I’m like, I don’t want to [expletive]…

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Rx for Doctors: Stop With the Urine Tests

It’s such a common routine in a doctor’s office or clinic or hospital that patients tend to comply without thinking: Step on the scale, roll up your sleeve for the blood pressure cuff, urinate into a cup. But that last request should prompt questions, at the least. The urine test is the first step into…

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