Front Burner: The English Christmas Decoded

This dense, definitive guide to winter and Christmas, specifically an English Christmas, is crammed with personal recollections, history and lore, and threaded with recipes and photos of landscapes freighted with snow. The food writer Nigel Slater says he loves “the crackle of winter” and setting the season’s table by the fire. He tells you how…

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Front Burner: A Sophisticated Update for a Party Favorite

Here’s an hors d’oeuvre to add to the repertory just as the demand to entertain ramps up: pigs in a blanket. Christian Leue — the manager of La Boîte, a spice shop in Hell’s Kitchen — has developed an effective recipe for quick and versatile puff pastry that’s perfect for the wrapped bites. Use the…

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The Correct Way to Wear a Cardigan Is Buttoned All the Way Up

Courtesy Everlane and APC I’m always looking for a perfect version of something-or-other when idly shopping online, and right now my shopping white whale is a thin, soft, crewneck cardigan. Cardigans are nice layering items in the winter (and during the summer in your freezing cold office), but I don’t want to wear them as…

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Crohn’s disease and pregnancy

Some women with Crohn’s disease may worry whether being pregnant will affect their condition, while others fear that disease or the medications they are taking will harm the fetus. Crohn’s disease is a long-term condition that causes inflammation within the digestive tract. Along with ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).…

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What We Know About Diet and Weight Loss

Image CreditGaia Stella You’d think that scientists at an international conference on obesity would know by now which diet is best, and why. As it turns out, even the experts still have widely divergent opinions. At a recent meeting of the Obesity Society, organizers held a symposium during which two leading scientists presented the somewhat…

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Is Screen Time Bad for Kids’ Brains?

A generation ago, parents worried about the effects of TV; before that, it was radio. Now, the concern is “screen time,” a catchall term for the amount of time that children, especially preteens and teenagers, spend interacting with TVs, computers, smartphones, digital pads, and video games. This age group draws particular attention because screen immersion…

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Can D-mannose treat a UTI?

Some research suggests that the supplement D-mannose may be able to help treat urinary tract infections. D-mannose is a type of naturally occurring sugar. There is ongoing research on its uses, which may include the treatment of urinary tract infections (UTIs). This article looks at what D-mannose is, how it may interact with UTIs, and…

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Personal Health: How to Foster Empathy in Children

As the year’s end approaches, most Americans get bombarded by emailed and snail-mailed requests for donations to all manner of charities, A to Z. I’m an easy target, a softy readily seduced by impassioned pleas to help improve the well-being of people, animals and the environment, and I often respond to more appeals than my…

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Front Burner: Moroccan Sweets With a Twist

Mehdi Menouar, originally from Casablanca, Morocco, is a founder of Meska Sweets, created to share a taste of his homeland. His assorted cookies, classics like cornes de gazelle (gazelle horns or almond crescents), are traditional teatime treats, as are honey-sesame chebakia and a type of Moroccan macaron, though he innovates these with flavors like matcha.…

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