The Catharsis of ‘Pen15’

It’s hard to find something Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine don’t know about each other. The 31-year-olds met as undergraduates studying experimental theater at New York University, and in the decade or so since, they’ve caught each other up on most of their teenage experiences. In a “crazy experiment,” as Erskine described it, they took…


Front Burner: Plan a Trip to the Distilleries and Pubs of Ireland

Irish whiskey is in revival mode. Once the world’s largest whiskey producer, Ireland nearly lost its industry in the mid-20th century because of wars and Prohibition. Now it’s back on the rise. This colorful new book provides a tour of today’s distilleries, some with venerable roots, but most starting quite recently to meet the newly…


Front Burner: Ice Creams With Spice

For nearly four years, Pooja Bavishi has been selling her Malai ice creams online and at pop-ups, with more than 20 flavors like orange fennel, Turkish coffee, rose with cinnamon almonds, masala chai, golden turmeric and ginger. She has just opened a small shop for scoops and pints where a dozen flavors will be on…


Front Burner: This Cheese Is a Lady

Quicke’s, a cheesemaker in Devon, in Southern England, specializes in Cheddar and Cheddar-style cheeses. It has just released a new one, the first it’s made from a mixture of cow and goat milk. It’s not called a Cheddar, though the curds are treated by Cheddaring; they are heated, drained, piled in the cheese vat and…


25 Unique Mother’s Day Gifts You Haven’t Thought Of Yet

Baroque Pearl Rope Necklace

Fry Powers


Fry Powers is our new favorite jewelry line, and their pearls are unlike any others. Get personal and send in your mother’s own strand (with her permission), and they’ll rework it into a completely new, unique piece.

Front Burner: ‘Hamantaschen’ for the Doughnut Lover

Fany Gerson, the Mexican confectioner best known for her paletas (frozen fruit pops), is having a Cronut moment. She is frying and filling hamantaschen-shaped doughnuts for Purim, which starts the evening of March 20. The feather-light yeast-raised doughnuts are triangular and come filled with strawberry or blueberry jams, lemon curd with poppy seeds or a…


Front Burner: This Irish Whiskey Is a Rarity

This new whiskey — from a distillery in Central Ireland that’s said to be the oldest one continually operating — is a rarity. A century or more ago, rye was used in the mash for Irish whiskey, but it went out of fashion. Kilbeggan, founded in 1757, is now making a copper-still blend with 30…


Front Burner: A Shiny Knife, Ready to Wear

There’s a touch of the Goth in Chuck Key’s sterling silver jewelry. A cleaver pendant and chef’s knife earrings give you some idea. Finely wrought whisks and skillets are less threatening. Mr. Key, who is known as Boomie and lives in Portland, Me., came to his craft because his father, Martin Key, is also a…