You Don’t Need a Mixer (Just a Whisk!) for This One-Bowl Shortbread

I’ve spent a lot of time baking over these many socially distant weeks, but only very rarely pulled out the electric mixer or food processor. Somehow, the simplicity and intimacy of whisking everything by hand has been extremely satisfying. This is why, when a shortbread craving hit, I didn’t reach for my tried-and-true recipe. I…

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The Most Comforting Chicken

Welcome back to Five Weeknight Dishes. This was the week I killed the sourdough starter. We were close during the first month of quarantine, but with humans to feed, provisioning enough flour and time to keep the relationship alive was getting harder. It was giving me reproachful vibes from the counter every time I passed…

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How Should You Stock Your Medicine Cabinet?

Right now, there is no cure for the coronavirus. And although doctors and researchers are making progress on different ways to treat the illness, much remains uncertain. Many common symptoms continue to be identified, and families staying at home can take steps now to prepare in case someone falls ill, to best monitor one’s health…

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Are People Who Live in Dog-Friendly Buildings Happier?

People who own dogs live longer. They’re healthier. They’re calmer. Their children are less prone to allergies. And they have government-sanctioned reasons to leave the house while sheltering in place. But what about real estate? Are people who live in pet-friendly buildings happier? Are their apartments more valuable? Anecdotal evidence strongly suggests that they are.…

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I Was Ready to Help Fight the Pandemic. Then I Got Sick Myself.

In 2016, Dr. David Hirsch, a maxillofacial surgeon, performed pro bono reconstructive surgery on Dustin E. Kirby, a Navy corpsman who was struck in the face by a bullet while serving in a Marine Corps infantry battalion in Iraq in 2006. In March he contracted Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. While recovering…

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Love Letter: What Are the Rules of a Pandemic Breakup?

[Sign up here to receive Love Letter, a weekly newsletter about relationship highs, lows and woes, in your inbox every Friday.] The coronavirus has already begun to transform relationships, for better and for worse. For some, the pandemic has created a need for deeper connections. Others see it as the time to end already failing…

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What Is the Difference Between Daytime and Nighttime Pajamas?

Archive PhotosGetty Images Sometimes, when I close my eyes, I can still remember what it feels like to wear a bra. Or footwear that isn’t lined with fur. What I can’t remember is when time stopped holding meaning, so lately my hours are marked by when it feels right to brew coffee versus uncork wine.…

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How to Stock Your Liquor Cabinet

So you want to start a home bar. Maybe it’s a lifelong dream; maybe it’s all those quarantinis on Instagram. Maybe you’re looking to master the art of the cocktail; maybe you just want something to sip after a long day spent social distancing. Whatever your goal, the trick to drawing out your inner bartender…

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Is Summer Camp Canceled?

“Ten for two” is an unofficial rallying cry for many lovers of sleepaway summer camps. In three words it reveals an unspoken bargain agreed upon for generations by many American children. They slog through the adult-imposed rules, hypocrisies and indignities foisted on them during the 10 months each year when they’re home with parents and…

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What’s a Pulse Oximeter, and Do I Really Need One at Home?

After working for 10 days at Bellevue Hospital in New York, Dr. Richard Levitan decided to share what he had learned about Covid-19. Too many patients were showing up at the hospital with perilously low oxygen levels, putting them at risk for severe complications and death. But a simple home gadget called a pulse oximeter…

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