Fast and Fuss-Free

Hi and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. I’m back from vacation! It wasn’t exactly weeknight cooking, but I was cooking pretty fast and fuss-free, because who wants to pull out the mandoline at an Airbnb after a day of lazing around at the beach. (And, in fact, that wasn’t an option: My Airbnb didn’t even…

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Death by Diet Soda?

Does guzzling diet soda lead to an early demise? There was a collective gasp among Coke Zero and Diet Pepsi drinkers this week after media reports highlighted a new study that found prodigious consumers of artificially sweetened drinks were 26 percent more likely to die prematurely than those who rarely drank sugar-free beverages. The study,…

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The Blackberry-Ginger Miracle

Good morning. You miss me? I’ve been two weeks off the grid in Carhartts and XtraTufs, stained fishing shirts and a ragged ball cap, cutting firewood in the forest for the cookstove, collecting water, fishing hard for striped bass off the rocks. These were plentiful, thick-shouldered, ocean-run fish that struck my lures with vicious force,…

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His Family Had Money. Mine Didn’t.

Toffee Dating is an app recently started in the U.K., aimed exclusively at those who went to private schools, because, according to the founders, “we know people from similar backgrounds are likely to stick together.” My first thought was: How completely unnecessary. The private school bubble is closed enough as it is. I know because…

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