Front Burner: For the Night Owls and Early Birds

Suzanne Dumaine — a trained chef, recipe developer and writer — is flying solo at her own West Village grocery and cafe, Three Owls Market. She’s stocking the shelves with items that look to Italy, like pastas, cheeses, olive oils, sauces and a small selection of everyday food staples. Chickens raised in the Catskills are…

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Front Burner: A New Source for Soba at Home

Sobaya, a Japanese restaurant in the East Village that makes its soba noodles and serves them in more than two dozen ways, has just introduced dried soba noodles to take home. The restaurant also sells a special soba sauce, with a soy-sauce base and plenty of umami, to toss on the needle-thin buckwheat pasta, served…

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Front Burner: More Chocolate for Mom

The approach taken by Hotel Chocolat has been to increase the amount of chocolate and decrease the sugar in its confections since it began in London in 2014. Angus Thirlwell, a founder, even bought a cacao plantation on St. Lucia in the Caribbean, which is the source for some of its cacao; most comes from…

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Front Burner: An Heirloom Masa Harina

If you make your own tortillas and tostadas, there’s a new masa harina to consider. (Masa harina, the corn flour used for tortillas, has been nixtamalized, or treated with slaked lime to remove the corn hulls, soften it and improve the digestibility of its nutrients.) Masienda, a company that specializes in products made from heirloom…

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Front Burner: Meet a New Crab to Eat

We have our blue crabs, but invasive green crabs from Europe, which have been in our waters for two centuries (uninvited arrivals by ship) are predators that attack the blues, especially the soft-shells. They also wreck the eelgrass and other beneficial maritime environments. The idea now is to eat the green crabs as a way…

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skin deep: Elizabeth Olsen, Superhero, Seeks Magic for Her ‘Sad’ Hair

Image Elizabeth OlsenCreditVincent Tullo for The New York Times Elizabeth Olsen has been exposed to the Hollywood scene since she was a child. She is the little sister of Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, after all. Now with a thriving career of her own — she is in the latest Marvel movie, “Avengers: Endgame,” out April…

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Don’t Call It Tex-Mex

HOUSTON — This city’s Second Ward is full of temptations for Adán Medrano, a writer and chef who lives just a few miles southeast. The Mexican-American neighborhood is home to the perfect flaky tortillas at Doña María Mexican Cafe, scratch-made in flour or corn, and ready to be folded around eggs with the fine threads…

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Skipping Breakfast May Increase Stroke and Heart Risks

Skipping breakfast may increase your risk for cardiovascular disease. The connection, found in a study of 6,550 adults aged 65 to 75, was particularly strong for stroke. Almost 60 percent of the participants had breakfast every day, a quarter on some days, and 16 percent rarely or never. All were free of heart disease at…

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Chasing Rembrandt’s Tulips on Two Wheels

While primarily a painter of people, the Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn immortalized at least one tulip. In 1634 he painted his wife, Saskia van Uylenburgh, as Flora, goddess of spring and flowers, crowned with a wreath of blooms, of which the largest is a tulip. Its petals are unmistakably striped, with white and red…

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11 Emerging Handbag Brands We Can’t Wait to Carry

Courtesy of Brand Spring is a season of renewal—and for some that means a refresh on the handbag front. Well-known labels are great, but if you’re in the market for up-and-coming designers who are changing the game (and worth the investment) this story is for you. From all-vegan goods to an Italian export that already…

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