My 14-Year-Old Isn’t Social Distancing. What Should I Do?

Our Adolescence columnist, the psychologist Lisa Damour, responds to a reader’s question. The question has been edited and is being published with the consent of the person who submitted it. [To submit a question, email AskDrDamour@nytimes.com.] Q. My 14-year-old daughter (who knows that I check her phone) went on what was supposed to be a…

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A Bright, Comforting One-Pot Stew With West African Roots

When I returned from Nigeria at the end of February, it was at the tail end of the Harmattan, a season when the winds from the north deposit the finest sand from the Sahara onto Lagos’s every surface. The city was hot and dry, and the markets were bursting with life. I’m not a vegetarian,…

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So Much Flavor

Hello and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. One of the glories of life in New York before Covid-19 was the vast variety of flavors you could take in over the course of a week without even entering your own kitchen. Tomatillos and Thai basil, Sichuan peppercorns and smoked salmon: It was a luxury to be…

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This One-Bowl Cake Is Worthy of Its Own Celebration

This holiday weekend may be a lot more subdued than my usual Memorial Day revelries (lake house, potato cannon, punch), but there will still be cake. Lots of it, smothered in strawberries and cream. My recipe is a classic yellow cake that’s whisked in one bowl. It is slightly fussier than other one-bowl cakes in…

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Love Letter: Must Love Dogs

[Sign up here to receive Love Letter, a weekly newsletter about relationship highs, lows and woes, in your inbox every Friday.] There are lots of perks to having a pet (one being unconditional love). However, dating can be complicated for a pet parent. Not only does your potential partner have to check your boxes, but…

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How to Share Food Safely During the Pandemic

Maybe your big sister just had a baby, and you want to take her a home-cooked meal. Or you’d love to swap some sourdough starter for your neighbor’s famous beef stew. Or maybe you baked a birthday cake for your immunocompromised neighbor. Cooking, baking and sharing what you’ve made is one of the few ways…

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You Can’t Beat a Savory Babka

If you feel the desire for a multiday bread-baking project, but chocolate babkas are too sweet, and crusty sourdoughs, too needy, I’ve got a loaf for you. It’s a savory, ricotta-filled babka that’s absorbing and meditative, but not at all fussy. Simply tearing the warm, garlic-scented bread with your hands will make procuring the yeast…

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Coronavirus Global Tracker: China, U.K., Vaccine

Here’s what you need to know: ImageA camp for displaced people in the Khokha district in western Yemen this month. The country has been upended by civil war for five years.Credit…Khaled Ziad/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Despite calls for cease-fires, mass displacements continue under pandemic. Hundreds of thousands of people are facing the dual threats…

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How to Improve and Protect Nursing Homes From Outbreaks

The doctors, researchers and advocates who have been paying close attention for years are appalled at the way the coronavirus has devastated the nation’s nursing homes — but they’re not shocked. “Every geriatrician knew what was coming,” said Dr. Mike Wasserman, a geriatrician and president of the California Association of Long Term Care Medicine. Robyn…

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