The New #TheStew

Hello you, hello 2020, and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. We can now get back to blessedly normal cooking, not event cooking, or showstopping cooking, or let-me-just-feed-all-these-people-in-my-home cooking. It’s also a prime opportunity to establish a new normal, which is where Melissa Clark comes in. Her latest column, “The Meat-Lover’s Guide to Eating Less Meat,”…

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Johnson & Johnson Sued Over Baby Powder by New Mexico

The accusations in a new lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson sound familiar: The consumer goods giant knew for decades that its baby powder and other talc-based products were contaminated with carcinogenic asbestos, but continued to market the items. What makes this case different is that it was brought by a state. Hector Balderas, the attorney…

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Love Letter: A Divorced Couple Remarries

[Sign up here to receive Love Letter, a weekly newsletter about relationship highs, lows and woes, in your inbox every Friday.] As the old saying goes: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. After 37 years of marriage, two sons and a bustling household that ran like a well-oiled machine, Linda and Peter…

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Pain in the lower abdomen and bloating: What to know

Lower abdominal pain is pain that occurs below a person’s belly button. Bloating refers to a feeling of pressure or fullness in the abdomen, or a visibly distended abdomen. Sometimes, these symptoms occur together. Though occasional lower abdominal pain and bloating are common, a person should speak to their doctor if it becomes a regular…

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A January Dinner Party That Doesn’t Deprive

I manage to have a pretty good diet throughout the year, eating lots of fresh vegetables and fruit, with moderate (mostly) wine consumption. But from late November until the last gasp at the end of the December, we all are bombarded with richness and excess at every turn. Who can resist? Once the new year…

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Older People Need Geriatricians. Where Will They Come From?

Linda Poskanzer was having a tough time in her late 60s. “I was not doing well emotionally,” she recalled. “Physically, I didn’t have any stamina. I was sleeping a lot. I wasn’t getting to work.” A therapist in Hackensack, N.J., Ms. Poskanzer was severely overweight and grew short of breath after walking even short distances.…

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Five Places to Dine in Paris With the Author of ‘Let’s Eat France’

Among the most dense and affluent districts in Paris, the 16th arrondissement has long been considered a sleepy, stuffy, gastronomic desert on the French capital’s vast culinary landscape. François-Régis Gaudry, the 44-year-old food critic, radio and television host, and best-selling author of Let’s Eat France!, knows the area’s limitations firsthand: Every week for the last…

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I Do. Take 2.

When Donna Adelsberg ran into her best friend’s ex-husband at the supermarket a few years ago, she intended to leave him standing by the deli with his pastrami and her cold shoulder. “I hadn’t seen him in years, and I had pictured all these things I would say to him if I ever saw him,”…

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Hype House and the Los Angeles TikTok Mansion Gold Rush

LOS ANGELES — Hype House, the physical location of a new content creator collective, is a Spanish-style mansion perched at the top of a hill on a gated street in Los Angeles. It has a palatial backyard, a pool and enormous kitchen, dining and living quarters. Four of the group’s 19 members live in the…

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What if Children Ran the School Lunchroom?

On a recent Tuesday, the cafeteria at KairosPDX charter school in Portland, Ore., was buzzing as students lined up to taste two freshly made butternut squash recipes. On one side of the table was roasted butternut squash. On the other side, a creamy butternut squash soup. “This one is the best,” said Mari, a fifth…

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