Sweet, Sour and Ready to Top Toast

My introduction to caponata, when I was a teenager, was a supermarket version from a shelf somewhere near the tinned sardines and anchovies. It came in a distinctive disc-shaped glass jar, about 4 inches in diameter and an inch deep. The clamped-on lid was imprinted with an ornate logo, and somewhere it said “product of…

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Could This Be the End of Frankincense?

For thousands of years, cultures around the world have revered the sweet aroma of frankincense. In Ancient Egypt, embalmers stuffed it inside the bodies and tombs of pharaohs and queens and its ashes were ground into eyeliner. Religious texts say rabbis burned it as offerings in Jerusalem’s temples, the three biblical Magi gifted it to…

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What to know about mammary duct ectasia

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A Ghost Town Wedding With 47 Guests, and Maybe a Few Others

Joelle Lamberton, who grew up in East Calais, Vt., a tiny town north of Montpelier, learned to be comfortable with frigid temperatures, hard physical work, old houses and ghosts. “I kind of love ghosts,” she said, recalling how her great-grandmother, who lived nearby, often complained that spirits were turning down the heat in her house.…

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The Gold Hoop Earrings That Made This Newbie a Believer

Hoop earrings are a rite of passage, an important piece of jewelry mothers gift their daughters as they journey into a womanhood. I’d argue that for many, wearing hoop earrings for the first time is up there on the list of pivotal moments in a young woman’s life next to buying your first bra, wearing…

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Make It Easy

Hello and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes, where we are always about simple cooking, but especially so this week. The holiday has passed, the days are getting hot, school is off, work is somehow still on — sometimes you just need dinner to be easier than easy, the culinary equivalent of screwing the cap off…

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Arturo Castro, Star of ‘Alternatino,’ Names a Cocktail After Himself

“I love speakeasies,” said Arturo Castro. “All around New York, I love finding the most hidden spots.” Which is why, one June afternoon, he was at Please Don’t Tell, the East Village cocktail lounge tucked behind a hot dog joint on St. Marks Place. Despite the heat and humidity, he wore a dark long-sleeve shirt,…

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A Writer of Three Women’s Sex Lives Shares Her Own Journey

Picture a 23-year-old woman dancing on a table in a Manhattan bar on, say, a Thursday night. Around 11 p.m., she says her goodbyes and rushes to Penn Station, so she can make the 11:38 p.m. train to Short Hills, N.J., where she is living with her Italian mother, who doesn’t know how to drive…

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Have Work, Will Travel

Tim Justice took a cross-country road trip and earned $2,000 along the way by making pickups and drop-offs for a delivery service. “I was itching to do a road trip,” said Mr. Justice, 41, a Phoenix-based flight attendant. “Forget getting on a plane if I don’t have to.” Mr. Justice’s trip, which was funded by…

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