The Most Delicious Holiday Dessert

Good morning. Gaily wrapped packages are starting to accrue next to the Charlie Brown tree in the corner of the living room. String lights twinkle around the window frames. Christmas music plays, and the children make mulled cider again. Seasonal joy: On Flatbush Avenue, down by the Marine Parkway Bridge in Brooklyn, I saw a…

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How to Choose a Honeymoon Destination

Honeymoons are about connecting and making memories, and there are as many ways to do that as there are newly wedded couples. Some duos are looking for “the quintessential romantic getaway with beach time and bungalows,” said Dan Austin, founder of Austin Adventures, a Montana-based tour operator, while others are “looking for more action and…

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The Quiet Brain of the Athlete

Top athletes’ brains are not as noisy as yours and mine, according to a fascinating new study of elite competitors and how they process sound. The study finds that the brains of fit, young athletes dial down extraneous noise and attend to important sounds better than those of other young people, suggesting that playing sports…

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How to Cook a Pig

There are some once-a-year winter holiday extravagances I thrill to see again when their numbers come up. There’s a frozen milk punch and a caviar sandwich and a homemade Boston cream doughnut; there’s a hand-chopped steak tartare and a grilled Cheddar-cheese sandwich and a mid-December cookie swap pfeffernusse cookie with imported candied citron — all…

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