12 Easy Recipes for a Thanksgiving Beginner

ImageCredit…Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times Melissa Clark’s recipe for simple roast turkey will not steer you wrong. So many readers say this is the best turkey they’ve ever made. If you want an organic, farm-raised bird, be sure to place your order a few weeks in advance, and invest in oven and meat…

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Find Moments of Delight This Weekend.

Welcome. Another weekend is upon us, and those of us lucky enough to have some down time are anticipating unscheduled hours, time for reading, napping, contemplation. We’ve got a library of diversions awaiting you in At Home, of course, and readers of this newsletter have been sending in their own ideas for how to pass…

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Pennsylvania Is the Best State

Ask anyone from Pennsylvania and they’ll tell you — they’re from Pennsylvania: the fifth largest state by population; second state admitted to the union; one of only four states that is actually a commonwealth, which is the same as being a state, except it’s actually a commonwealth; longtime home of Benjamin Franklin (not technically his…

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The Right Apple Pie for a Pandemic Thanksgiving

For a pandemic Thanksgiving, you need this apple pie, the dessert equivalent of work-from-home sweatpants. It’s the height of comfort, and while it may not be sleek — there’s no lattice or sparkly sugared top — it looks good in an “I want that” way. The techniques that stray from tradition here make this pie different enough…

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Thanksgiving Dinner Safety Tips During Covid

It’s been a year of sacrifice, social distancing and skyrocketing stress. Can we at least enjoy Thanksgiving? In terms of risk, the timing of the Thanksgiving holiday couldn’t be worse. The coronavirus is raging across the country, setting new daily infection records. More than 235,000 Americans have died of Covid-19, and small gatherings are believed…

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Love Letter: Losing Sleep Over Late-Night Dates

For many, the thought of having a personal chef whip up a Michelin-worthy meal in your home sounds like a dream come true. However, when Rebecca Bohanan, a writer in Los Angeles, started dating a chef who worked late nights and insisted on cooking elaborate meals between the hours of midnight and 2 a.m. for…

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Elijah Daniel is One of the Most Influential People on the Internet

Elijah Daniel has owned the internet over and over and over again. There was the time he started a petition asking the U.S. government to make “Party in the U.S.A.” the national anthem. And the time when he, as the short-tenure mayor of Hell, Mich., declared heterosexuality illegal. Oh, and the time his erotic short…

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Hawaii’s Reopening May Be Good for Tourism. Is it Good for Locals?

Since Hawaii welcomed tourists back in mid-October, allowing them to skip its 14-day quarantine as long as they had a negative coronavirus test, more than 100,000 people have rushed to the islands from mainland states, exciting state officials, some hoteliers, airlines and local business owners, who for seven months have watched the state’s economy grind…

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Holiday Flavors on Ice

You don’t need a psychic to tell you that Thanksgiving will be a smaller gathering this year. So do you still want to bother baking pies? There’s another option if you’re serving just a few people: a frozen dessert that can echo the flavors of that Thanksgiving pie, pecan or pumpkin (or both), something that…

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From the Chest X-Ray, He Saw a Romantic Future

Dr. Mary Oakley Strasser’s unhesitating response that she saw Seurat, not Picasso, in a medical X-ray won the heart of her fellow medical student, Balaji Pandian. The two had been at a lecture and she was put on the spot for a diagnosis. (The pointillist-like dots on the X-ray, shown in a PowerPoint presentation, indicated…

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