The Easy Delicious

Good morning. I’ve been grooving on this Hetty McKinnon recipe lately, for spiced chickpea salad with tahini and pita chips (above), which, as my colleague Julia Moskin put it, “has all the fresh flavors of a great falafel sandwich — tahini, mint, paprika, cucumber, cumin, garlic — plus the crunch of pita and the satisfying…

Details

Why You Need a Wildlife Camera

Whose backyard is it, anyway? When a wildlife camera is on duty, with its heat- or motion-triggered shutter at the ready day and night, the answer can be startling. Sally Naser calls the animals recorded on the dozens of cameras she monitors for The Trustees of Reservations in Massachusetts “our wildlife neighbors.” At home, in…

Details

How Exercise Enhances Aging Brains

Exercise can change how crucial portions of our brain communicate as we age, improving aspects of thinking and remembering, according to a fascinating new study of aging brains and aerobic workouts. The study, which involved older African-Americans, finds that unconnected portions of the brain’s memory center start interacting in complex and healthier new ways after…

Details

A No-Recipe Recipe Manifesto

Here’s a jumping-off point, a no-recipe recipe that takes less than an hour: meltingly tender pork chops in an onion gravy, with lemon-bright mashed potatoes and sautéed greens. It’s a bulwark against cold weather, one of the great winter feasts. Cooking without recipes is a kitchen skill, no different from dicing vegetables or flipping an…

Details