Columnist: Don Mauer

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.


Nov. 18, 2014 @ 10:25 AM

Mauer: Navigating the holidays with health in mind

When you gaze into your crystal ball, do you see yourself on New Year’s Day smiling because you fit comfortably into the same clothes you’re in right now?

 

Nov. 04, 2014 @ 09:53 AM

Mauer: Venturing into slow cookers

Just a few weeks ago I ventured out into unknown (to me) cooking waters and sailed through making dinner with a slow cooker. My results weren't half-bad for a first-timer, and that experience showed me why some folks love their slow cooker and can't get through a week without setting it and letting it simmer-away while they're at work.

I launched my slow cooker adventure without a cookbook as a compass for guidance. To make future slow cooking forays easier I wanted a reliable cookbook that could make my slow-cooking learning path less bumpy. Turned out, Cook's Illustrated's American Test Kitchen has published two slow cooker cookbooks in the past three years.

 

Oct. 21, 2014 @ 09:51 AM

Mauer: Changing approach to healthy living

When my first column appeared almost 20 years ago I looked a lot younger and was confident that the low-fat way I’d lost more than 100 pounds was the healthiest way to lose weight. Here it is 20 years later and I now know that fats were not the unhealthy culprit I thought they were.

 

Oct. 07, 2014 @ 10:16 AM

Mauer: The joy of slow cookers

Slow cookers may be slow, but their virtue lies in having a dinner entree ready when we arrive home from work. What I began to wonder was, during the process of getting everything ready for the slow cooker was when does anyone have the time to do what I was doing; certainly not at 4:30 in the morning before heading off to the office? My advice, prep the ingredients the night before and refrigerate them; just don't put a crock from the refrigerator right to the cooker; let it come to room temperature first.

 

Sep. 23, 2014 @ 08:39 AM

Mauer: A new twist on pasta

I've loved pasta since my first serving of mac and cheese.
My love affair has been on hold for a bit since my path for the past three months has been avoiding sugars and refined carbs and ... well ... macaroni's a refined carb.
Of course, that's not a surprise. Almost 20 years ago Molly O'Neill wrote "Bye-bye, pasta. It's been fun," in The New York Times. As she sadly waved goodbye, she explained that even though a calorie is a calorie, if you are pre-diabetic (which in 2012 meant 86 million Americans age 20 and older), your body handles refined carbs by efficiently processing them into fat for a future famine.


Sep. 09, 2014 @ 10:56 AM

Mauer: The love affair with sugar

"Sugar and me, we go way back. I love sugar. LOOOOVVVVVE it. I love everything about it: how it makes little occasions special and special occasions fabulous. How it performs hot bubbling magic on sour fruits, like rhubarb and gooseberries, to make the most succulent and mind-blowing pies and jams. And don't even get me started on chocolate."