Hot Cheese Summer

Do you ever feel the itch to rebel against summer cooking doctrine — the mandate to eat simply grilled fish and shaved vegetable salads — and just absolutely destroy a dish of something steaming, saucy and baked? Do you believe that melted cheese belongs to every season? Is the mozzarella stick your summer totem? I…

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A Mixed Grill to Remember

We all have recollections of exceptional dining experiences that set a benchmark for flavor. It’s funny how a memorable meal lingers in the mind. Perhaps a home cook or a restaurant somewhere made the best (fill in the blank) and, tasting it, you were taken by surprise. It was a small epiphany, a window open…

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Can the moon really influence your health?

The moon has held the human mind in its thrall since the dawn of time. Throughout the ages, peoples across the world have worshipped it as an important deity, believing it held real power to influence their lives — and their health. But is this really true? In this Spotlight feature, we investigate. Can the…

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Climate Change Threatens the World’s Food Supply, United Nations Warns

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. The world’s land and water resources are being exploited at “unprecedented rates,” a new United Nations report warns, which combined with climate change is putting dire pressure on the ability of humanity to feed itself. The report, prepared by more…

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Ancient Egyptian Yeast Is This Bread’s Secret Ingredient

In a modern oven in Pasadena, Calif., this week, yeast that could be as old as ancient Egypt was used to bake an especially aromatic loaf of sourdough bread. The baker, Seamus Blackley, was experimenting with yeast he had extracted from a 4,000-year-old Egyptian loaf. He was trying to make his own bread using the…

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Renewed Life and Joy After Tragedy

When it came to romance, Karen Soltero adhered to two strict guidelines: “Don’t get involved with someone whose hair is nicer or longer than yours, and don’t date anyone you could have potentially given birth to.” So in April 2018, when Ms. Soltero found herself chatting with Andres Peña, whose hair was twisted into a…

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This Is Your New Biscuit Recipe

Good morning. Tejal Rao introduced a radical new biscuit technique in The New York Times Magazine this week, and delivered a recipe to go along with it for a tomato cobbler (above) that you should absolutely make as soon as you can. It comes from the gifted mind of Nicole Rucker, the Los Angeles pastry…

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Traveling in Hurricane Season: Is it Worth the Risk?

Hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean — and that includes the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico and destinations in the Bahamas and Florida — runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. Hurricanes can strike at any time, but peak season runs August through October, when the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration says 96 percent of…

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A Star Swedish Designer Ventures Into Real Estate Projects

Stockholm — There is a lack of color but not warmth inside the design studio of Lotta Agaton, a high-profile Stockholm stylist and interior designer who is currently in a period of pale gray, beige and greige. Every detail in the cozy studio is styled in the same calm palette with only black and white…

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Could Your House Be an Instagram Star?

Erin Vogelpohl has tried mixing darker blues and greens into the décor of her five-bedroom house in Dallas, but they don’t play well with her 447,000 Instagram followers. So she sticks with a soft blush palette, the millennial pink that is ubiquitous on Instagram, and in her living room. For home-décor Instagram influencers like Ms.…

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