The Promise of Pawpaw

PHILADELPHIA — The new pawpaw patch at the Woodlands, a sprawling historic property along the Schuylkill, still isn’t much to look at. But just give those trees time, said Alkebu-Lan Marcus, the farmer who tends to them. He knows his pawpaws will soon be excellent providers. The pawpaw is an ancient, native North American fruit…

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Dan Kluger Helps Vegetables Realize Their Full Potential

What exactly does “Chasing Flavor,” the title of Dan Kluger’s new cookbook, mean? Perhaps that you had better eat your well-seasoned, vibrantly sauced vegetables — and there are plenty of recipes for them in the book. But even if you do, you won’t get dessert; Mr. Kluger, who owns Loring Place in Greenwich Village, doesn’t…

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Brush Up Your Pie Skills

In the run-up to Thanksgiving, learning to make pie is a worthwhile skill. Kate McDermott, who wrote “Art of the Pie” four years ago and who has a new book, “Pie Camp,” will lead a series of three virtual classes in pie-making at the 92nd Street Y. The first one covers making dough. Next, the…

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Eat Your Way Around the World

These gift boxes from Culinary Backstreets are designed to create a vicarious trip to a city like Naples or Athens at a time when travel is on hold. The company offers food tours of more than a dozen cities, and has assembled worthwhile assortments of often hard-to-find items that represent five of the destinations: Athens,…

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Just the Thing for Miss Muffet’s 21st Birthday

It doesn’t get much newer or more different than this: Wheyward Spirit, a vodkalike liquor produced from whey, the milky leftover from making cheese and other dairy products. Emily Darchuk, a food scientist who lives in Portland, Ore., was dismayed by how much excess whey was discarded (billions of pounds a year) despite its nutritional…

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The Fried Chicken You Need Right Now

Good morning. Robert Farrar Capon was a theologian, author and cook, probably best known for his book, “The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection.” He died in 2013, at 87. His recipe for sour cream coffee cake lives on at NYT Cooking, though, where it has more than 2,700 five-star ratings. (Less well-known, but…

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Mask Mandate? In a Montana Town, It ‘Puts Us at Odds With Customers’

HAMILTON, Mont. — Outside River Rising Bakery sits an older gentleman, his face uncovered. He’s here every morning, greeting customers as he drinks his coffee and reads. Inside, people mill about, waiting to order. A group of moms chat at a corner table. The employees wear masks, but patrons are not required to. Most don’t.…

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Shopping for Beds

When you’re designing a bedroom, there’s no piece of furniture more important than the bed. “It’s everything,” said Jake Arnold, a British interior designer based in West Hollywood. “I always focus on what the finish, materials and proportions of the bed are before developing the rest of the space, because it dictates what happens with…

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Got Crystals? Gem Mining Could Be Your Full-Time Job

Moonstones in Montana, amethyst and emeralds in North Carolina, garnet and quartz in upstate New York. At pay-to-dig mines around the United States, visitors can paw through piles of mine tailings to uncover crystals and gemstones on “finders, keepers” terms for as little as $10 a day. At Herkimer Diamond Mines in central New York,…

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