A Bitter Herb From the Lower East Side

The bitter herb or moror, for the Seder plate is usually horseradish (in my home, slivers of the fresh root). I’m not sure I’ll be shopping for it this year, but the jarred kind is always a substitute. And it’s a standard accompaniment for gefilte fish. Freshly made, properly forceful white (plain) and red (beet)…

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An Easter Egg From Beverly Hills

What would Easter be without fanciful chocolate eggs? These, from andSons, a chocolate shop with pedigree that opened last spring in Beverly Hills, Calif., appear simple, colorful and unadorned, but inside they’re a confectioner’s dreamscape. Layers of peanut nougat, pecan praline, chocolate marshmallow, yuzu ganache and vanilla caramel, among other components fill the various molded,…

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For Your Quarantine Pizza Cravings

It took a virus. For the first time in its more than 100-year history, the original Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is delivering its coal-oven pizzas with online ordering available. Pizzas can be also be picked up at the restaurant. Traditional, white and pesto pizzas are on the menu along with calzones, some antipasti like Caesar salad and…

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Tempting Pastas and Sauces From Sicily

Though the name Corleone may be best known from “The Godfather,” Corleone is also a town near Palermo, Sicily, that is the source of some ancient grains used to make pasta, heirloom tomatoes for sauce and thousand-year-old olive trees for oil for a company based there, Bona Furtuna. Its pastas are particularly flavorful without being…

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A Knife to Add Flash to Your Kitchen

It’s not your typical Swiss Army knife. Victorinox, the company that makes those gadget-laden implements, also has several lines of simpler kitchen cutlery. Its newest is a cross-cultural affair, made with a Japanese santoku-shaped seven-inch blade instead of a standard chef’s knife blade. It’s called Damast because the steel is forged according to the Damascus…

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Restaurants Find Hope in Delivering Donated Meals to Hospitals

Last week, a large order from a Twitter follower in Maryland gave the Harlem restaurant FieldTrip a crucial shot of revenue and, perhaps, a glimpse of a way to stay in business during the coronavirus pandemic. FieldTrip’s chef and owner, JJ Johnson, had taken to Twitter on Wednesday to say he had just packed and…

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Restrictions Are Slowing Coronavirus Infections, New Data Suggest

Harsh measures, including stay-at-home orders and restaurant closures, are contributing to rapid drops in the numbers of fevers — a signal symptom of most coronavirus infections — recorded in states across the country, according to intriguing new data produced by a medical technology firm. At least 248 million Americans in at least 29 states have…

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U.S. Retail Crisis Deepens as Hundreds of Thousands Lose Work

Macy’s and Gap said on Monday that they planned to furlough much of their work forces, a stark sign of how devastating the coronavirus will be for major retailers and their workers who sell clothing, accessories and other discretionary goods. Macy’s, which said the cuts would affect the “majority” of its 125,000 workers, lost most…

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Hive Mind of Makers Rises to Meet Pandemic

It started with a fanciful email from one self-described science geek to another. “Hey, we should make a ventilator,” Dr. Chris Zahner, a University of Texas pathologist and former NASA engineer, wrote to Aisen Caro Chacin, an artist and medical device designer, after he learned about Italian hospitals struggling to treat the crush of coronavirus…

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