this has nothing to do with ice cream

I had the rare opportunity this summer to look back on the last six years of my career as an oncologist and to reflect on where I started and where I’m headed. The experience was eye opening, motivating, and educational. It was also painful ....more

Summer Cucumber Salad

I love cucumbers. I buy them all the time at the store when they’re in season, and I love making them into a cucumber tomato salad or a pita salad or even just dipping them a little in Ranch dressing. The problem is that I get bored with cucumbers the same way, and that’s when they sit in my fridge for just a little too long and… have to go away ....more

News, Etc.

Obituary: Prominent historian James MacGregor Burns, biographer of FDR and JFK, has died at the age of 95: His two-volume biography of Roosevelt was praised by historians as a model of accessible, objective scholarship. The second volume, "Roosevelt: Soldier of Freedom," was published in 1970 and won the Pulitzer and the National Book Award.Burns' other books included "Leadership," a 1978 release that outlined his theories of "transformational" and "transactional" and became standard reading among students of business and politics; a biography of George Washington written with Dunn; and a trilogy on U.S. history, "The American Experiment." _____ ...more

Qatayef with Cream (Qataayif Qishta Leh) قطايف بالقشطة

Qatayef with Cream (Qataayif Qishta Leh) قطايف بالقشطة English Af-Soomaali عربي Qatayef are a staple Ramadan dessert that are rarely absent from iftar tables in the Middle East. These little treats have many variations and are made in different forms. Some are filled with cream and drizzled with a thick sugar syrup, others are filled with cheese or nuts and are deep-fried then served with syrup ....more

Under $100 Link Party

Ah, I just got off the river from a lovely day of floating! ...more

<i>Bad Machinery: The Case of the Team Spirit</i> and <i>The Case of the Good Boy</i>, by John Allison

I picked up the first volume of John Allison's Bad Machinery because I kept seeing it described as a spectacular title for children, and I figured: what the hell, I'm pretty childish. But now that I've read every Bad Machinery strip to date, I've decided Allison's publisher is making a mistake by pushing Bad Machinery at kids—this is a story about children, but that doesn't mean it's best appreciated by children. Bad Machinery is a mystery series set in the fictional, not-quite-earthly British town of Tackleford, where weirdness is part of everyday life ....more

Glass Heads, Skull Lamps, and CATBUS!!

Today, in Geek Shopping Exploits*! (*Accidentally typed "sexploits" at first -...more

Ancho Chile Rubbed Skirt Steak

Pumpkin and quinoa fritters with feta

A few months ago, if you’d asked me how I feel about quinoa I would have said that we’re still not on the best of terms. I have had little success cooking it in the past with a few bitter attempts. Then I tried the quinoa salad to end all quinoa salads at my cousin’s baby shower and I was determined to recreate it ....more

Create It Thursday #63 (Plus Features)

It's that time of the week again! Last week...more