A New Cassis to Sip or Mix

The French liqueur crème de cassis, the essential component in a Kir cocktail, is made from black currants, a fruit banned in the United States in 1911 because it carried a fungus that infected white pines. (The dried currants you find in the store are not made from black currants but are a type of…

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The Easiest Paella Comes From a Kit

As easy one-dish meals go, paella deserves to be a kitchen standby. But the notion of so many ingredients make it seem daunting. Not so: It can be simple weeknight supper. Meg Grace Larcom, the corporate chef for the Boqueria restaurants in New York, Chicago and Washington, is ready to show you how to assemble…

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The Tea’s the Thing

In Act IV, Scene 1 of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” there’s much talk by Titania and Oberon of flowers and herbs. Harney & Sons, a tea company in Millerton, N.Y., has taken those poetic lines as its cue for a lovely, fragrant blend — including black and oolong teas, with orange peel, ginger root,…

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Thomas Verdillo, 77, Dies; Restaurateur Went from Red Sauce to Blue Ribbon

This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here. Tommaso at first seemed like a classic red-sauce restaurant when it opened in 1971 in South Brooklyn. But it quickly became a critically admired dining spot frequented by foodies, neighborhood people, Manhattanites and mobsters alike.…

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Naomi Osaka Joins Louis Vuitton As House Ambassador

Courtesy of Louis Vuitton No one had a 2020 like Naomi Osaka. Last September, she represented Japan at the U.S. Open and won her second title and third major at only 22 years old. Osaka also advocated for the Black Lives Matter movement throughout the tournament, wearing the names of seven Black Americans who had…

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A Miami Market Where the Fish Fly

MIAMI — Customers traveling by foot or convertible will hear Plaza Seafood Market shortly after it comes into view. The rhythmic thud of long, heavy knives cracking fish spines, landing hard on a cutting board, grows louder when you reach the parking lot, provided there are no motorcycles revving nearby, drowning everything else out. The…

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Kamala Harris on Vogue: Here’s the Problem

Though it might seem, in light of all that is going on currently in Washington, D.C., the least of the matter, on Sunday a leaked shot of Vice President-elect’s Kamala D. Harris’s Vogue cover set off an unexpected firestorm. February’s issue features Ms. Harris in a dark jacket by Donald Deal, skinny pants, Converse and…

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Head Into the Kitchen

How goes it? These are challenging times, of course, made more so by the newness of the year that brings with it hope and optimism but also hard work: your new fitness challenge; your focus on self-care; your home office to-do list; your job search; your corporate goals for 2021. Some have stopped drinking for…

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A Colonoscopy Alternative Comes Home

The Task Force has found several kinds of screening tests effective, but the ones used most for people at average risk are colonoscopy, at a recommended 10-year interval, or FIT annually. A newer entry, an at-home test sold under the brand name Cologuard that detects blood and cancer biomarkers in stool, may be used every…

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Eli Lilly’s Alzheimer’s Drug Shows Promise in Small Trial

In a small clinical trial, an experimental Alzheimer’s drug slowed the rate at which patients lost the ability to think and care for themselves, the drug maker Eli Lilly announced on Monday. The findings have not been published in any form, and not been widely reviewed by other researchers. If accurate, it is the first…

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