Chicken, Chickpeas, Lemon, Yes

Hi and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. Perhaps you or someone you know exclusively had candy for dinner last night? Or candy and French fries? Candy and string cheese? It happens. Yesterday, somehow, instead of lunch I had half a chocolate-chip scone, a slice of sourdough bread with paprika butter, a piece of cheesecake (a…

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Our Hospital’s New Software Frets About My ‘Deficiencies’

We had been waiting for this day for years — the day our hospital in San Francisco would shed its antiquated electronic health records system in favor of a more modern alternative called Epic, which has been, or will soon be, adopted by many of the nation’s top medical centers. Our hospital was full of…

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5 Rural Retreats Worthy of a Detour

There’s a town in Virginia called Rural Retreat, just off the old Lee Highway in Wythe County. The population: 1,500, give or take. As a concept, getting away from it all has broader appeal. This fall, Canyon Ranch — a pioneer in wellness long before it was a marketing bonanza — will open a dedicated…

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These Ingredients Deserve Your Attention

I used to think that paprika and parsley were just for show — nothing more than powdery red dashes on creamy deviled eggs, and verdant speckles breaking up the brown monotony of beef stew. Pretty, but expendable. I understood the herbal intensity of parsley when I tasted whole leaves mixed into a butter lettuce salad.…

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A Missed Flight Leads to a Connection

Once upon a “magical airline ticket,” Brooke Watson and Nelson Madubuonwu made a connection that brought them to a special place in each other’s hearts. “Everything happens for a reason,” said Ms. Watson, a 28-year-old senior data scientist with the American Civil Liberties Union in New York. Ms. Watson and Mr. Madubuonwu, a 28-year-old product…

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China Effectively Bans Online Sales of E-Cigarettes

SHANGHAI — China issued its starkest warning yet over electronic cigarettes, calling on the industry on Friday to stop selling and advertising the products online. Citing health concerns for minors, a Chinese regulator and the state tobacco monopoly jointly urged manufacturers and sellers to shut down websites related to the marketing and sale of e-cigarettes,…

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Should I Take Fish Oil?

In 1971, a team of Danish researchers found that an Inuit population in Greenland had lower cholesterol levels and incidence of heart disease than Danes and Inuits who lived in Denmark. A theory arose: The indigenous people’s high marine-fat diet gave them heart protections. Since then, fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids — the health-boosting…

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The New Long Weekend

For most people, long weekends usually run from Friday to Sunday, a surge that often means higher travel costs. But what if we tinkered with the timing to reset the weekend as Saturday to Monday? Would we save money? Depending on where you go and stay, the answer is yes, from somewhat to substantially. The…

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‘After His Death, I Didn’t Cook Anymore’: Widows on the Pain of Dining Alone

Routine grocery shopping brought tears, widows said. Some had started eating on the couch, overwhelmed by the now-empty chair at the dining table. And one woman recalled tender evening dances in the kitchen. After The Times published a Food article about how mealtimes can be difficult for widows (a gender-neutral term that bereavement counselors now…

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The Work Diary of the Genius of Jam, Sqirl’s Jessica Koslow

Can you build an empire out of jam? If you’re Jessica Koslow, the answer is yes. At 38, she is the chef and owner of Sqirl, a rough-hewed restaurant in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles that, eight years after opening, routinely has a line of people three dozen deep on Saturday morning. Ms.…

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