Month: October 2014

  • Frozen Cookie Balls

    I have been encouraged to share a cookie-baking trick with you. After mixing up a batch of cookies, scoop balls of cookie dough onto a plate. Put the plate in the freezer. When the balls are frozen, transfer them into a Ziploc bag and return them to the freezer. They will keep in there indefinitely…

  • Brown Butter Salted Caramel Cookies

        We recently became grandparents for the first time. When we were in Virginia to welcome the newest member of the family, our daughter-in-law gave me this recipe. I love caramel and “salted carmel” is all the rage so I was really excited to they these. They are great! Several people in the emergency department…

  • Giants in the World Series

    The Giants are in the world series again. That is inspiration enough to make some Giant-colored bags this week.          

  • Three Bad Ideas

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    Bad Idea 1 A 36-year-old man drank five beers then climbed up into a tree house at 10:00 at night. He pulled the ladder up, placed it on top of the tree house and used it to climb up into the top branches of the tree. At that point, the branch he was on broke…

  • Lunch in Your Ear

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    I was doing my emergency medicine training in New Orleans. The nurse called me to see a teenage girl who was screaming hysterically, for no apparent reason. She was unable to talk but just cried uncontrollably. When I was finally able to get her to relax a bit, she pointed to her ear. I looked…

  • Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

      I know there are a million chocolate chip cookies recipes out there. I recently tried this one and decided it was good enough to share with you. I have noted in the past that melting the butter and baking at a lower temperature for a longer time makes a great texture for a chocolate chip…

  • Grumpy Nephew

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    A 26-year-old man was brought to the emergency department by his aunt. He said he had trouble sleeping and, because of that, had a “nightfall problem.” (See footnote.) He said all he needed was a sleeping pill. He seemed grumpy and was not really cooperative in telling me what was going on. The aunt was…

  • Two More Drunks

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    Unfortunately, a lot of the sad things I witness in my job come about because of alcohol abuse. Here are a couple of examples.   A thirty-five-year-old man came in burned. He was very drunk and had fallen asleep on a mattress in a homeless encampment. His cigarette caught the mattress on fire and by…