Is it ok to masturbate during pregnancy?

Most doctors agree that masturbating during pregnancy is safe and that it can even provide health benefits, such as lowering stress and promoting blood flow. For some pregnant women, morning sickness, nausea, and fatigue remove any interest in sexual activity, including masturbation. Others notice an increase in their sex drive — libido — due to…

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Show Dad You Really Love Him

There’s a South Korean tradition of giving special cuts of meat that have been elaborately wrapped in silk for special occasions. Now, a classic Korean barbecue restaurant on West 32nd Street has started selling these gift packages, all with the restaurant’s prime short ribs three ways: marinated, bone-in and boneless. Though short ribs are usually…

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Front Burner: The José Andrés Approach to Vegetables

José Andrés, the chef, restaurateur and philanthropist, sets off on an extravagant vegetable journey in his dazzling new cookbook by stating that he is not a vegetarian — “not even close.” A home cook has much to learn, though, from a professional about making the most of vegetables. Boil your vegetables in water, he says,…

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Front Burner: Cocktail Classes at Bouley at Home

Starting next month, the mixologist Albert Trummer will be giving classes on making summer drinks, using mostly organic and biodynamic ingredients. His base of operations will be Bouley at Home, thanks to the 20-year relationship that he has had with the chef David Bouley. (Mr. Trummer first stood behind the bar at Mr. Bouley’s Danube.)…

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Front Burner: An Olive Oil From South Africa

STELLENBOSCH, South Africa — For fine olive oil, South Africa does not readily come to mind. But the Mediterranean climate of the Cape wine region is excellent for olive trees, as Giulio Bertrand, an Italian who settled in Stellenbosch in the 1990s, discovered. Today it is estimated that the original plot — “the mother block”…

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Front Burner: A Fried Chicken Box for Summer

Among the first out of the gate to inaugurate the summer season with a picnic box is Cookshop in Chelsea. Three pieces of crunchy fried chicken (basically half a chicken without the wing), an oversize biscuit, some spicy coleslaw, bread-and-butter pickles and densely fudgy brownies, as well as a soft drink is a generous serving…

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Have You Met Shrimp Louie?

Although I never lived through it, I find myself deeply nostalgic for the time when dishes were named for a person or event: Cobb salad. Bananas Foster. Shrimp Louie. It has recently been brought to my attention, though, that the last one — shrimp Louie — might not be as popular as my Californian self had…

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French Patient in Right-to-Die Dispute Is Taken Off Life Support

PARIS — A 42-year-old Frenchman who has spent more than a decade in a vegetative state was taken off life support on Monday after years of court disputes that divided the man’s family and put him at the center of a right-to-die debate in France. On Monday, doctors at a hospital in the northeastern city…

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