Trilobites: Lavender’s Soothing Scent Could Be More Than Just Folk Medicine

Lavender bath bombs; lavender candles; deodorizing lavender sachets for your shoes, car or underwear drawer; lavender diffusers; lavender essential oils; even lavender chill pills for humans and dogs. And from Pinterest: 370 recipes for lavender desserts. Take a deep breath. Release. People like lavender. We’ve been using this violet-capped herb since at least medieval times.…

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Front Burner: A Liqueur That’s Ready for Flight

Crème de violette, a liqueur made by macerating flowers, suggests a ladylike Paris salon of yore. But its primary application is in a suave cocktail — the futuristically named the aviation — made with gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette and lemon juice. Not long ago the violet elixir was hard to find. Now there…

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Front Burner: A Book to Benefit the Cooks of Grenfell Tower

After the devastating fire in the Grenfell Tower in London last year, many of people that escaped struggled to feed their families: They had no place to cook but a community kitchen in a nearby mosque available a couple of days a week. In January, Meghan Markle, who had yet to become the Duchess of…

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Front Burner: Dessert, in the Form of an Avocado

We’ve seen the frozen scooped-out half lemon filled with lemon ices. Giacomo d’Alessandro, an owner of Polosud, a gelateria that opened this summer in Little Italy, has applied that template to avocados. He fills empty avocado shells with lush, creamy and lemony vegan frozen avocado purée. A scooplet of a contrasting flavor, like hazelnut or…

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Front Burner: A Cart to Serve Steamy French Chocolate

La Maison du Chocolat, the Parisian confectioner, is setting up a hot-chocolate cart that will alternate its location in front of its Upper East Side shop from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and the sidewalk in front of the nearby Surrey hotel from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays, until Dec. 16.…

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Anatomy Does Not Determine Gender, Experts Say

Defining gender as a condition determined strictly by a person’s genitals is based on a notion that doctors and scientists abandoned long ago as oversimplified and often medically meaningless. Researchers who have studied gender issues and provided health care to people who do not fit the typical M/F pigeonholes said that the Trump administration’s latest…

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Front Burner: Surprises Inside, 44 in All

Jason Alicea learned how to make empanadas from his mother, who was taught by her former mother-in-law. But instead of a traditional Puerto Rican version, Mr. Alicea’s empanadas are inventive, though still handmade. A graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education in New York, he has opened a pop-up in the Bronx, open through next…

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Mind: What’s Life Like After Depression? Surprisingly, Little Is Known

Image CreditScott Menchin A generation ago, depression was viewed as an unwanted guest: a gloomy presence that might appear in the wake of a loss or a grave disappointment and was slow to find the door. The people it haunted could acknowledge the poor company — I’ve been a little depressed since my father died…

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The Pour: When to Open a Bottle: Aging Wine Without the Anxiety

Aging wine is an act of hope and optimism, laced with fear and dread. You dearly want to be rewarded by a bottle that matures from awkward, inarticulate youth to expressive beauty and, eventually, elegant complexity. The fear is of waiting not long enough or too long, of storing it wrong and, ultimately, of missing…

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