Too Hot in the Kitchen? Antarctica is Hiring Chefs!

2011_07_26-Byrd.jpgHeat wave got you down? How about a trip somewhere much, much cooler? McMurdo Station is the main scientific base in Antarctica, and they are hiring chefs. Interested? Want to see the Craigslist ad? (But do be warned that Jell-O wrestling is specifically forbidden at McMurdo. If that seems like a non sequitur, then you just need to read the whole story.)



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Beer Review: Pliny the Elder from Russian River Brewing Beer Sessions

2011-07-26-PlinytheElder.jpgThis double IPA from Russian River Brewing Company has earned a reputation for being a world-class beer and for being notoriously hard to find outside California state lines. This is a beer that people seek, covet, and crave. I finally got my hands on a bottle last week.



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Fresh Classic: Lemon Verbena Gin & Tonic

2011_07_25-LemonVerbena.jpgIt's that time of year: Time for lemon verbena, my favorite summer herb. It's growing like a weed in my garden, so I've been looking for more ways to use it. Here's the latest: Lemon verbena gin and tonic.



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Recipe: Simple Summer Squash Soup

2011_07_24-soup.jpgI realize that much of the country is experiencing a heat wave right now and the last thing you want to do is spend a great deal of time in your kitchen. But I also realize that summer squash and zucchinis are running rampant and it's tough to think of creative ways to use them before you can give them all away or they start to go bad on your counter-top. So here's a quick, oven's-only-on-for-twenty-minutes soup that you'll appreciate having around for a few days.



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Why Food (After Funding) Is Central to a Mars Mission

0726_mars01.jpgWith the recent closing of our shuttle program, it may - sadly - be much longer than we ever imagined before the US makes a trip to Mars. Yet earthlings will eventually make the trip. Would you imagine that, after funding, the feasibility of it all comes down to food? But wait, astronaut food is pretty much all figured out, right? It's freeze-dried, prepackaged, and reconstituted in space. But what about on a trip to Mars? The round trip would take about three years. This is where food - long-term sustenance for the crew - comes in as the issue when considering a mission to Mars:



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Almond Butter Cups & Key Lime Pie Cookies Delicious links for 07.26.2011

2011_07_26-Slinkage.jpgWe're loving this twist on homemade peanut butter cups!



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