Front Burner: ‘Hamantaschen’ for the Doughnut Lover

Fany Gerson, the Mexican confectioner best known for her paletas (frozen fruit pops), is having a Cronut moment. She is frying and filling hamantaschen-shaped doughnuts for Purim, which starts the evening of March 20. The feather-light yeast-raised doughnuts are triangular and come filled with strawberry or blueberry jams, lemon curd with poppy seeds or a…

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Front Burner: This Irish Whiskey Is a Rarity

This new whiskey — from a distillery in Central Ireland that’s said to be the oldest one continually operating — is a rarity. A century or more ago, rye was used in the mash for Irish whiskey, but it went out of fashion. Kilbeggan, founded in 1757, is now making a copper-still blend with 30…

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Front Burner: A Shiny Knife, Ready to Wear

There’s a touch of the Goth in Chuck Key’s sterling silver jewelry. A cleaver pendant and chef’s knife earrings give you some idea. Finely wrought whisks and skillets are less threatening. Mr. Key, who is known as Boomie and lives in Portland, Me., came to his craft because his father, Martin Key, is also a…

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A Glittering Goodbye to Hector Xtravaganza

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] “You can’t wear your hair down in a sequin dress,” a voice echoed through a corridor backstage, while fixtures of New York’s ballroom scene primped and prepared. “It snags!” Outside, a dazzling line of stylish guests waiting to enter…

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Neil Lane Doesn’t Watch ‘The Bachelor’

Neil Lane is a fixture of the “Bachelor” franchise. Since 2009, the jeweler has appeared on each season of the reality show to furnish its romantic hopefuls with rocks of all cuts and carats, free of cost. Sometimes those rings lead to long-lasting engagements and marriages. More often, the couples split within months of the…

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What to Cook: Red Wine Spaghetti Night!

Good morning. It’s Monday, and I hope you’ve got a full bottle of red wine at the ready. You’re going to need it to make dinner. That’s right, put on a big pot of salted water, because it’s red wine spaghetti night! (Are there four better consecutive food words than “red wine spaghetti night”? I…

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She Invented a Board Game With Scientific Integrity. It’s Taking Off.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The roseate spoonbill is roughly the size of a great blue heron, with the pink plumage of a flamingo and a giant spoon-shaped bill — “gorgeous at a distance and bizarre up close,” according to the Audubon Guide to North American birds. It is Elizabeth Hargrave’s favorite bird. “Crazy bills get…

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Personal Health: Colon Cancer Screening Can Save Your Life

Although I usually refrain from writing columns linked to national health observances, I believe that Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, in March, is too important to ignore. There are simply too many people who are still getting and dying from this preventable disease because they failed to get screened for it, including people without excuses like…

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