This Gratin Lets Swiss Chard Do the Talking

LONDON — I am routinely asked to explain how a certain dish came about: What was the process that made me combine this particular set of ingredients in that particular way? The truth is, more often than not, I don’t have an answer. I simply don’t know. The temptation in such cases is to try…

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It’s No Crime to Drink Wine by Yourself

In short order, the world has changed, and so has the thinking about public gatherings. Parties have been postponed. Restaurants have closed, and we have had to reconsider such commonplace activities as gathering with our friends. Under orders to socially distance ourselves, isolate and even self-quarantine, communal activities cannot be taken for granted. And what’s…

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Starbucks Goes From Sip and Stay to Grab and Go

There was a new sign affixed to Starbucks doors across the United States on Monday. “We have temporarily closed our seating area, but we remain open to serve you,” it said. “Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.” The floor was unusually empty at one location in Upper Manhattan, with tables and chairs stacked near…

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The Evolution of Bridal Style Through the Years

1942

Brides in the early 1940s were married during the war effort, so their outfits reflected the time’s austerity. Women typically donned formal pieces that they already owned. When Ava Gardner married her first husband, Mickey Rooney, she wore a grey suit, black veil, and a white ribbon corsage pinned to her lapel.

Sausages, Now With Less Meat

After leaving Ovenly, the bakery she helped to found, Erin Patinkin teamed up with Cara Nicoletti, a butcher, and Ariel Hauptman, who was at Greyston Bakery, to create Seemore Meats & Veggies, a food company with a line of vegetable-forward sausages as its first product. These are not 100 percent plant-based meat substitutes; vegetables like…

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Mustards From the North

Brassica Mustard — a homegrown Calgary, Alberta, company that started as a way to give mustards to friends and family — began selling the condiment commercially in 2001. Now, for the first time, its excellent whole-grain mustards have become available in the United States. In addition to plain mustard, there are flavors that lend interesting…

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Arthur Avenue Jars a Red Sauce

Arthur Avenue, the Little Italy of the Bronx, has created a line of food products to help promote and sustain the venerable neighborhood, also called Belmont. Among the products the local business improvement district has introduced are pasta sauces made by Summer Garden Food, using simple, honest ingredients. Especially notable is the cherry tomato marinara.…

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Children With Pneumonia Don’t Routinely Need Antibiotics

When children have pneumonia, giving them an antibiotic may be no more helpful than giving them none. Antibiotics are effective only for bacterial pneumonia, not viral, and it is often difficult to tell the difference. So doctors often prescribe an antibiotic for children just in case. A new study suggests that it might be better…

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Coronavirus Is Hiding in Plain Sight

Scientists tracking the spread of the coronavirus reported on Monday that, for every confirmed case, there are most likely another five to 10 people in the community with undetected infections. These often-milder cases are, on average, about half as infectious as confirmed ones, but are responsible for nearly 80 percent of new cases, according to…

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A Compendium of Everyday Objects

The subtitle for this compact guide to the history of household items calls them “everyday.” Though most of the 63 alphabetical entries — like napkins, forks and even picnic baskets — are common enough, there’s also a more arcane jib door, Louis XIV chair and flokati rug. Many items have evolved from ancient or Medieval…

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