Thanksgiving Options for Pickup and Delivery

Takeout and delivery promise to be a significant factor this pandemic Thanksgiving, with countless restaurants, caterers, mail-order companies and grocery stores offering holiday fare. Many are even open for pickup on Thanksgiving Day. Most of the menus skew traditional, but there are offbeat choices, like Socarrat’s turkey paella (above) and pizza from Public Display of…

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When Only Homegrown Sweet Potatoes Will Do

Sweet potatoes are the humble man’s currency. They don’t need a thing to dazzle, their slightly crumpled skins pull away easily, revealing tender flesh, hot out of the roasting pan. “Nothing is more nostalgic than the caramelized smell when sweet potatoes are bubbling out,” said April McGreger, the author of the cookbook “Sweet Potatoes,” published…

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Why Weekday Weddings Work (And, It’s Not Just the Savings)

With one day blurring into the next (thanks, Covid-19!), and work-play time blurred, we knew that eventually, the biggest party of our many people’s lives would soon mix into the perpetual cycle. Weddings — once primarily reserved for Saturday — are now scheduled for whenever. Monday? Sure. Tuesday afternoon? No big deal. Want your wedding…

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The Thanksgiving Myth Gets a Deeper Look This Year

FORT PECK INDIAN RESERVATION, Mont. — On a frigid November morning inside a tractor barn in northeast Montana, 10 members of the Sioux and Assiniboine tribes joined in song to bless a thirty-aught-six hunting rifle, and to lift up the spirit of a buffalo they were preparing to kill. One man played a painted hand…

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A ‘Surprising and Unexpected’ Update at Winterthur

When Carol B. Cadou was named the director and chief executive of the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in Delaware in April 2018, she began planning for total immersion in the 978-acre former estate of Henry Francis du Pont. “When I came on board, the trustees asked if I would live on the property,” said…

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Diary of an American in Finland, Doing ‘Essential’ Work in Ballet

When my phone rang very early on a September morning and a number from Finland appeared on the screen, I immediately thought, “The project is dead.” Amid the ever-worsening pandemic, I was supposed to be heading for Helsinki to serve as the dramaturge and artistic adviser on a new full-length ballet, “Jekyll & Hyde,” at…

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How to Pretend You’re in Paris Tonight

While your travel plans may be on hold, you can pretend you’re somewhere new for the night. Around the World at Home invites you to channel the spirit of a new place each week with recommendations on how to explore the culture, all from the comfort of your home. Paris is a collective fantasy, from…

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Inside the Chaotic, Cuthroat Gray Market for N95 Masks

In his 30 years as a doctor, Andrew Artenstein had never worried about N95 respirators. The chief physician executive of Baystate Health, he ran his four hospitals in western Massachusetts exactingly, and an essential face covering being out of stock was inconceivable. His doctors, nurses and other responders went through about 4,000 a month, usually…

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Vaccine Unproven? No Problem in China, Where People Scramble for Shots

Ethan Zhang needed to get back to work. Work was in Ivory Coast, however, and since January the global coronavirus outbreak had stranded the 26-year-old translator in mainland China. Then friends told Mr. Zhang of a way he could get his hands on what might be the world’s most coveted prize: a coronavirus vaccine. Though…

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