Bean Cakes You Can Depend On

Travel-friendly food is an essential part of summer. Whether you are spending time away from home or preparing for a day trip to the park or beach, you need those simple recipes to make on the go. When the pandemic first hit this spring, some of us found ourselves buying and eating a lot of…

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Camp Shirts Are the Only Button-Ups You Need in 2020

Besides saving the USPS, there is only one thing I care about right now: camp collar shirts. Already popular on the menswear scene, the Hawaiian/cabana shirt hybrid has finally crossed over to the masses. The open collar style, known as a Cuban collar, was born from ’50s leisurewear. But in true 2020 form, it’s gotten…

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The Most Comforting Dish of All

LONDON — My father passed away last December. In his final months, he wasn’t the dad I’d known — always terrifically absorbed in anything that came up in conversation. Regardless of whom he was talking to, he would find something genuinely engrossing, an opportunity to learn a fact or communicate one. He also lost his…

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The Poundcake of Your Dreams

For a cook in the 18th century, the recipe for poundcake was obvious from its name: a pound each of butter, eggs, sugar and flour, beaten together and baked until done. Golden-topped, rich and flavored with a splash of rosewater or dash of mace, it was the tight-crumbed grandparent of every butter cake we bake…

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For Two Art Lovers, a Picture-Perfect Scene

Dr. Simone Blaser and Vincent Houzé had only been dating for two months when a New York Times photographer snapped a photo of them in mid-embrace at Storm King Art Center, an open-air museum in Mountainville, N.Y., that features one of the country’s largest collections of contemporary outdoor sculptures. Neither can remember what warranted that…

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Firm Footing Found After a Jenga Challenge

“Destiny is a series of detours.” Those words rang loud, clear and oh-so-true to Ronald Longe, 52, and his partner, Sunil Oommen, 44, who began dating in August 2018, a year after the death of Mr. Longe’s husband. “That was an extremely painful detour for Ron, a deep loss that changed the path of his…

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My Colleagues Have Great Work-Life Balance (Thanks to Childless Me)

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, or a request to remain anonymous. Letters may be edited. This Bridge Called My Back I work for a successful, fast-growing technology company. There are times when some corporate “crisis” requires that a number of us lean in…

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The Pandemic Diary of Naomi Shimada, a Model Returning to Work

Like many, the model Naomi Shimada has been using the extra time at home during the pandemic as a chance to pause and reflect on what really matters to her. Usually traveling the world for work in a blur of hotels and suitcases, Ms. Shimada, 33, has instead been spending her days in London applying…

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Joe Biden Says Goodbye, Uncle Joe and Hello, Father of the Nation

He is no longer “Uncle Joe.” Joseph R. Biden Jr., now officially the Democratic Party’s nominee for president, has dabbled in various imagery over the years, including working class champion and regular guy. But the one that has always stuck, and that followed him onto the campaign trail earlier this year, was that endearing and…

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Hospital Staff Turned Wedding Planners

The coronavirus pandemic upended the wedding plans of Miranda Wickham and Enver Candan, as it did for so many couples, yet if it hadn’t been for the virus, Ms. Wickham might not have been there to badger her fiancé to seek the medical treatment that may have saved his life. And she definitely wouldn’t have…

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