Columnist: Don Mauer

Jun. 30, 2015 @ 11:14 AM

Enjoy shrimp – fresh-caught off our coast

At a young age I didn't like shrimp very much. Fortunately my Mom didn't either, so I didn't hear the dreaded: "You can't leave the dinner table until you clean your plate."

Jun. 16, 2015 @ 09:20 AM

A variation on Slate’s banana bread

Award-winning English food writer, journalist and broadcaster Nigel Slate shared his recipe for Chocolate Muscovado Banana Cake in's new cookbook "Genius Recipes." The moment I saw the picture of Nigel's "cake" I was hooked. I could almost smell the aroma of it baking and I wanted to taste that "cake" now.

May. 19, 2015 @ 12:19 PM

Recipe for ‘reduced-guilt chocolate cake’

One glance at the cover of "Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook" had me doing a double-take. My head spun and my eyes widened the same way as dogs in Disney's "Up" when they hear ""Squirrel!!!"

May. 05, 2015 @ 04:09 PM

A meatloaf worthy of a gyro

For some, preparing a good ol' American meatloaf can be a messy hassle. It's not any easier for me, but after the aromas drift through my house and my meatloaf finally exits my oven, I remember why I made it and am willing to make it again in a week or two.

Apr. 21, 2015 @ 01:00 AM

Two recipes from blogger Woodward

The Internet age sure has changed the way we go about finding recipes and connecting to cookbook authors.

Apr. 07, 2015 @ 11:58 AM

A recipe for leftover lamb

    Decades before fat became a bad word and years before he'd become a teenager, my youngest brother, Robert, hated fat. I'd watch him from across the dinner table as he struggled with a dull knife to trim every visible piece of fat from a steak.

Mar. 24, 2015 @ 09:38 AM

Holiday not needed to enjoy corned beef

St. Patrick’s Day reminded me that you don't have to be Irish to love corned beef and cabbage. Add a side of boiled potatoes and you've got a sensational combination.

Mar. 10, 2015 @ 03:34 PM

A low-carb take on pizza

I love pizza.

How long has this affair been going on?

Feb. 24, 2015 @ 09:18 AM

Brownies, sweet without sugar

    I've never been more happy to admit I was wrong.

Feb. 10, 2015 @ 08:47 AM

Vitt’s organic way to good health

Carrie Vitt has quite a story to tell and the ending turns out to be, well, good and delicious.

     But it didn't start out that way.

Jan. 28, 2015 @ 09:54 AM

A sugar-free, homemade candy bar

It's been six months since I showed sugars and refined carbohydrates (even whole grain wheat) the door.

Jan. 13, 2015 @ 10:20 AM

Bending recipes to fit your diet

If you know how, you can bend recipes around to fit whatever diet plan you're on.

     "Sure Don," you murmur, "it's easy for you, a guy who has been writing about diets and creating recipes for more than two decades."

Dec. 30, 2014 @ 10:43 AM

Moderate diet plans better than rigid restrictions

More people begin exercise programs and weight-loss diets in January than in any other month.

If you already belong to a gym, you know that’s true because right now you can’t see the equipment or exercise instructors for the swirling crowds of new members. You also know that by the end of February, those crowds will have thinned out considerably.

Dec. 23, 2014 @ 08:22 AM

Sharing lessons from many years of Christmas hams

Save the turkey for Thanksgiving. For me, ham means it's Christmas.