Front Burner: A Thanksgiving Centerpiece for the Sweet Tooth

Front Burner: Never Butter a Muffin Tin Again

Oh, the baking! For parties, it’s often best to make small bites to serve as hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Silpat, the French company that produces nonstick baking mats and molds, has just introduced a collection for baking diminutive muffins, loaves, madeleines and Bundts, along with regular-size muffins. They’re made from food-grade silicone mesh (no greasing…


Front Burner: The British Turkeys Are Coming

For several generations, KellyBronze heritage turkeys have been bred in England and preferred by chefs like Jamie Oliver. In 2014, the company established a 130-acre farm in Crozet, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and it is the only commercial turkey farm that holds a Department of Agriculture license to dry-age and hand-pluck its…


How to Throw an Election Night Party, if You Dare

Throwing a party for the midterm elections? How brave. It’s a risky move, since parties on election nights aren’t always as fun as you imagine beforehand. You’re tempting fate here. But you are confident and fearless. And while you’re a good citizen who knows that politics is a serious business that shapes our lives in…


Hungry City: Sri Lankan Flavors in Abundance at Sagara

Cashews fill the platter, dozens, maybe hundreds, curled like shrimp and dark from the pan, hot buttery mouthfuls strafed with salt and roasted red chile powder. Curry leaves gleam, half-buried, fried and ready to snap, tasting of musk and charred lime. This is a generous — and dangerous — start to dinner at Sagara, opened…


Front Burner: Savory Cookies to Whet the Appetite

In a way, Anna Harrington was one of the lucky ones. When Pilotworks, a chain of incubator kitchens, suddenly closed last month, it left 175 small food producers in New York and elsewhere without professional kitchen space. Ms. Harrington, who makes savory and sweet cookies called the Rounds, was scheduled to begin working at Pilotworks…


Of a Kind: An Oyster Plate Collection That Started With Martin Scorsese

Robin Standefer, who (with husband Stephen Alesch) founded the Manhattan interior design company Roman and Williams (their projects include New York City’s High Line Hotel and Upland restaurant), first encountered Victorian oyster plates as a 29-year-old consultant on Martin Scorsese’s 1993 film “The Age of Innocence.” Her job was locating Gilded Age table settings, and…


Tiger Print is the New Leopard

The Inspiration

And, surprise, the quirky, but longstanding thing about tiger print is how often it’s done in colors beyond literally black and tan. Monochrome is spotted frequently (as are more vivid displays in lime green or electric blue).

The Mysteries of Animal Movement

David Hu was changing his infant son’s diaper when he got the idea for a study that eventually won him the Ig Nobel prize. No, not the Nobel Prize — the Ig Nobel prize, which bills itself as a reward for “achievements that make people laugh, then think.” As male infants will do, his son…