Cook Without a Script

Good morning. I commuted home from work for the last time one year ago today, a muted St. Patrick’s Day in Manhattan, the subways lightly populated — pretty late in the game to be out there. Did I make corned beef that night? Probably not. As I remember it, I made a huge grocery list.…

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How to Use Instagram to Plan Your Wedding

Pantora Bridal Andrea Pitter Campbell, a wedding designer and the founder of Pantora Bridal, a Brooklyn-based bridal brand that specializes in selling wedding dresses that complement an inclusive range of body types and skin tones, said her company’s Instagram account “has allowed us to celebrate our brides before, after and during their weddings” by sharing…

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Why Shop at a Specialty Nursery?

Among many botanical relationships, Mr. Bowen has had a pineapple lily (Eucomis) phase, and a run of red hot pokers (Knifophia). An ongoing affair with Hydrangea included the introduction of H. serrata Mountain Mania, which earned a spot at the much-admired Chanticleer Garden in Pennsylvania. The goal, always, is better garden plants — plants that…

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Artifacts of the Lost Year

The packages started arriving at my door last September: thick cardboard invitations to digital shows packed in tissue inside boxes inside shopping bags, sometimes nestled next to extra gewgaws like candy or buttons or candles, sometimes layered atop books. They were care packages from across the ocean and the city, Proustian madeleines meant to jog…

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