When Summer Begins

Welcome. Here in New York, it’s officially summer. If it’s hot where you are, your exercise regimen may need some modifications. Gretchen Reynolds has ideas — including freezing your underwear. Sam Sifton is fishing for fluke, a highlight of his summer meals. And Concepción de León has information on how the Delta variant of the…

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20 Summer Potluck Ideas

It’s time for park picnics and backyard potlucks, and, for obvious reasons, our staff is excited for the outdoor hang more than ever this year. And, whether it’s something sweet (Rice Krispies treats loaded with chocolate and pretzels, peach cobbler, plum torte) or savory (deviled eggs, Chinese dumplings, fried chicken), one of their favorites is…

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Your New Disco Fries

Good morning. Cathy Erway has a fascinating article in The Times this week about a new generation of American Chinese takeout restaurants and their chefs’ proud embrace of the classics of that canon: cashew chicken, for instance, along with sweet and sour pork and crab Rangoon. Maybe one of those could be your dinner tonight?…

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C.D.C. Advisers to Discuss Rare Heart Problems in Vaccinated Youth

Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are scheduled to meet on Wednesday to address reports of rare heart problems in young people immunized with the coronavirus vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. The reports involve conditions called myocarditis, inflammation of the heart muscle; and pericarditis, inflammation of the membrane surrounding the heart.…

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Are There More Moths This Year?

She originally studied ornithology but shifted course when she realized the limited professional opportunities for bird specialists, and began working in pest control in the early 1990s. “It was really a good old boys’ club,” she said, interrupted by her whining Newfoundland puppy, Karina (named for the Bob Dylan song). During the pandemic, Dr. Gordon…

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