An Elegant Bowl Handmade in Maine

If your name is Camp, and you make pottery, Campfire has to be your brand. The company in Portland, Maine, has workshops in the Dana Warp Mill, a converted factory in Westbrook, just west of Portland, where Kristen Camp, who creates an array of lovely pieces, some in the Japanese raku tradition, for serving and…

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A Texas-Size Taste of Barbecue

Summon your inner caveperson with this rack of Texas-style smoked beef ribs from Lewis Barbecue in Charleston, S.C. Three immense bones come thickly surrounded by succulent spiced and blackened slabs of smoked meat, enough for a Stone Age party of six. Newly available nationwide, they are shipped frozen and deserve a slow defrost overnight before…

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These Ice Creams Are Transporting

The right tastes can transport you to places that may not be on your itinerary for now. That’s the idea that inspired the owners of the New York company, Marco Sweets & Spices, to create confections that suggest flavorful destinations. A Thai coco-lime ice cream is fueled by chile powder. Aztec Chocolate is scented with…

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A Cheese Club From a Noted Cheesemonger

Anne Saxelby now has a quarterly subscription program, and each shipment features a collection of similar cheeses to savor and understand. For summer, she has selected four American ricottas, all made differently: a whey-based ricotta from Caputo Brothers Creamery in Spring Grove, Pa.; whole-milk Renaissance Ricotta from Narragansett Creamery in Providence; Salvatore Ricotta from Brooklyn,…

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Delta Air Lines Bought an Oil Refinery. It Didn’t Go as Planned.

Jet fuel is known as the Steady Eddie of the refinery business, a predictable profit maker that balances the seasonal gyrations of gasoline and diesel sales. But for airlines, it is a headache — a big and unpredictable expense that confounds managers. So Delta Air Lines tried a bold experiment: It bought an oil refinery…

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Niven Patel, a Miami Chef, Is Not Giving Up on 2020

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The last week in July was an especially stressful one for Niven Patel, and for Floridians in general. It began with Mr. Patel’s decision to permanently close one of two locations of Ghee Indian Kitchen, the Miami-area restaurant that brought the chef national acclaim. The week ended with South Florida bracing…

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When Things Aren’t OK With a Child’s Mental Health

Last week, to write about the risks of summer — the recurring safety issues of children being out in the sun, or near the water, I talked to safety-minded pediatric emergency room doctors about what was worrying them, as they thought about the children they might be seeing during their shifts over the coming weeks,…

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What Your Recipe Box Says About You

This is it. The perfect time. What better distraction as I continue to dodge a deadly virus, mourn those who could not, worry about my country’s soul and find comic relief in links that I obsessively impose on friends and family? Yes, now is the time to take advantage of virtual house arrest by cleaning…

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The British Designer Paying Tribute to the Immigrant Experience

In 1990s South London, a young Priya Ahluwalia would watch as members of her extended family got ready for garage raves, styling themselves in matching two-piece sets, dresses with chain belts and patterned silk shirts. “All the guys wore earrings,” she recalls. “I used to wish I could go party with them, too.” Perhaps her…

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Porsha in Protest

“Everybody should enjoy ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta,’” said Porsha Williams, the doe-eyed star of same, whose comedic verve and penchant for interpersonal chaos have made her one of the most popular cast members on one of the most popular shows on television. “This is what I don’t like when it would come to one…

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