Meal Kits From the Chef Dan Barber

Like a number of other chefs and restaurants, Dan Barber, the chef and an owner of Blue Hill in Manhattan, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Westchester County, is assembling market boxes for pickup. Each will contain ingredients and cooking instructions for a dish that will serve two to four people. Though the ingredients…

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A Handy Measure

You need a drink, but you — not some mixologist — are in charge. Though professionals prefer little metal measuring containers, this set of one-and-a-half ounce glass ones, with markings for a half-ounce and an ounce, is very easy to use. And having several means that you can combine multiple spirits without rinsing in between.…

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Why Mundane Moments Truly Matter

My mother and I have sipped tea with maharanis, swapped stories with Burmese nuns and bumped through the streets of Bangkok on midnight tuk tuks — but the delight we return to, again and again, is the moon. “Go outside and take a look,” she’ll command over text, and I’ll stumble out the door to…

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The Plastic-Hunting Pirates of the Cornish Coast

The Cornish coast — with its high cliffs and inlets, lining the peninsula that juts out from England’s southwest corner — has a long association with pirates. Its rocky coves, secret anchorages and long winding creeks have historically been a haunting ground for seafaring scoundrels and salty sea dogs. Today, it is the home of an…

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Eleven States Now Letting Uninsured Sign Up for Obamacare

Eleven states and the District of Columbia have opened enrollment under the Affordable Care Act to allow laid-off workers to get subsidized health insurance, and the Trump administration, which has been gunning to repeal the law, is considering opening the federal exchange to new customers. The new enrollment periods will ease insurance sign-ups for people…

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Grieving the Losses of Coronavirus

When it comes to the coronavirus outbreak, what’s the word related to mental health that you hear most? If you said “anxiety,” you’re not alone. But if you were to sit (virtually, of course) in a therapist’s office like mine or any of my colleagues’, what you might hear just as often is the word…

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The Best Canned Tomatoes

At this moment, as you’re holed up at home, the best canned tomatoes are the ones you’ll grab from your cabinet to make dinner. A 28-ounce can of whole, peeled tomatoes is one of the most versatile players in the cupboard. Canned tomatoes deliver velvety, bright pasta sauce in the dead of winter and perk…

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Coronavirus Patients in Limbo as Gilead Suspends Emergency Drug Access

Overwhelmed by demand for an experimental treatment for coronavirus, the drug maker Gilead abruptly shut down its emergency access program, leaving doctors and families scrambling for answers. The company said it was setting up a broader access program that could try to help more people, but some said the transition is delaying remedies for very…

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A Highly Adaptable Vegetarian Skillet Chili

Are you ready for another bean dish? I sure am, which is a good thing considering how many kinds of beans I have on hand. (I’m not hoarding; I’m just extremely well stocked.) Over the weekend, I put a couple of cans of beans to work in a quick vegetarian skillet chili. Like every recipe…

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Singalongs From Windowsills Lift Spirits During Coronavirus Crisis

The idea took root after Jenni Spinner and her wife, Rebecca Kell, watched videos of Europeans, homebound because of the coronavirus, get on their balconies and sing to raise their spirits in the face of crisis. Wouldn’t it be neat, they mused, if they could get the residents of their Chicago apartment building to do…

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