Scaling Down Recipes for Small-Batch Baking

When Mike Johnson made tiny batches of baked goods in early 2020, he did so to minimize the use of yeast and flour, which was hard to find in the early stages of the pandemic.

“It was a way for me to ration,” said Mr. Johnson, 28, the author of “Even Better Brownies: 50 Standout Bar Recipes for Every Occasion” (Page Street, 2020) and the writer of the blog Mike Bakes NYC.

“I kept it up because for a lot of people, myself included, small-batch baking just makes sense!” he said.

Mr. Johnson further simplified some of his recipes by

Jen Psaki’s Space Force comment and the ensuing controversy, explained

White House press secretary Jen Psaki’s dismissive comments about the Space Force earlier this week highlighted how thirsty conservatives are for outrage fuel. But it also illustrated a challenge the Biden administration faces as it tries to reckon with former President Donald Trump’s legacy.

Psaki was asked Tuesday by Bloomberg White House reporter Josh Wingrove if Biden has made a decision about “keeping, or keeping the scope of, Space Force.” Psaki responded as though she’d been asked about the happy hour specials at the Trump International Hotel.

“Wow, Space Force. It’s the plane of today,” Psaki sarcastically said, referring to …

A ‘Masculinity Crisis’? China Says the Boys Are Not All Right

HONG KONG — Government officials in China believe that boys are getting more effeminate and want to toughen them up.

In the latest attempt to tackle what academics and news outlets call a “masculinity crisis,” the Education Ministry has proposed emphasizing the “spirit of yang,” or male attributes, by hiring more sports instructors and redesigning physical education classes in elementary and secondary schools.

The plan, a response to a top official’s call to “prevent the feminization of male youths,” was released last week. It included no timeline and few other details, but it prompted an outcry online and is still

Quest for Hollywood Fame Splits Redditors at Heart of Market Frenzy

Late on Wednesday, a moderator of the popular Reddit message board WallStreetBets posted several screenshots on the chat app Discord. They showed that other moderators had quietly started talking among themselves about landing a movie deal.

“What’s our cut?” one of the moderators had asked in a Discord chat, according to the screenshots.

By Thursday morning, that quest for Hollywood riches had exploded into an ugly battle, giving a glimpse into the unruly nature of a suddenly famous Reddit community.

That was when the WallStreetBets moderators who were considering the film deal began booting out other moderators who had questioned