Substitutes for Cooking: Oil, Buttermilk, Heavy Cream and More

The most important skill in the kitchen — and, arguably, life — is adaptability. The list below, which is by no means comprehensive, is meant to help you replace ingredients with confidence. Every alternative listed may not work in every case, especially when it comes to baking, but if you consider the ingredient’s texture, flavor…

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Help! The Coronavirus Struck and I Want a Refund

Travel and travel planning are being disrupted by the worldwide spread of the coronavirus. For the latest updates, read The New York Times’s Covid-19 coverage here. Dear Tripped Up, Last September I booked a Japan tour with Abercrombie & Kent, scheduled to leave at the end of March. Three tickets came to more than $46,000,…

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The Chain Letter Is Back, and Just as Annoying as Before

Rachel Hynes, 35, a financial consultant who lives in the Battery Park neighborhood of Manhattan, woke up on a recent Monday morning to an email from a female colleague she rarely works with. When she opened it she found something unexpected: an old-school chain letter. “Please send an insight/poem/quote/thought to the person whose name is…

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Confessions of a Former Serial Dater

The first time I was called a serial dater was by my roommate, after I admitted to her that I had two dates set up with two different guys on the same day. I remember being nervous that the first one wouldn’t end in time for the next. The second time was when my friend…

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A User’s Guide to Face Masks

Here’s everything you need: The Case for Masks Overnight, masks have become a symbol of social responsibility. If you still need convincing, here’s why you now should be wearing a mask in public spaces to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Why masks matter more for this coronavirus To start, this coronavirus is a new…

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Coronavirus Updates: Trump Says Countries Must Accept Deportees or Lose Visas

Here’s what you need to know: ImageA passenger in medical scrubs on an empty subway car in New York on Thursday.Credit…Jonah Markowitz for The New York Times Trump says he’s ‘looking at a date’ to begin easing restrictions. As new federal projections warned of a spike in coronavirus infections if shelter-in-place orders were lifted after…

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Anne Bass, 78, Arts Patron and Peerless Gardener, Dies

Anne Hendricks Bass, the arts patron who helped raise the profile of ballet in the United States, harking back to an era when art was viewed as a vehicle for beauty and moral uplift, died on April 1 at her home in Manhattan. She was 78. Julian Lethbridge, her longtime partner, said the cause was…

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Why Some Fashion Influencers Are Going Off the Grid

Allegra Shaw remembers a time, three or four years ago, when packages from brands—clothes and beauty products sent in the hope that Shaw, a YouTuber with nearly a million followers, would dedicate a video to them—came equipped with confetti explosions and television screens. “When you get a TV in a package, how do you dispose…

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Exercising Outdoors With a Face Mask

When we asked readers what they still wished to know about exercising during the coronavirus crisis, one issue topped all others. People wondered about running or cycling in a face mask and how it would affect their breathing, performance, chances of spreading the virus and even vision. To find out, I spoke with a number…

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How to Reserve a Hotel Room in a Pandemic

The federal directive extending social-distancing guidelines to April 30, as well as multiple state recommendations to shelter in place, means that few people are traveling. Many hotels have closed for the interim and most major hotel chains have waived cancellation fees, often refunding even nonrefundable rooms. But for travelers considering a trip in May or…

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