Columnist: Don Mauer

Sep. 10, 2013 @ 11:36 AM

Give lamb a go

Some folks love it; others can't stand it.
What is it?
Lamb.
By the numbers, few folks like lamb, let alone love it, and over the past 40 years we've come to like it even less.


Aug. 27, 2013 @ 12:34 PM

The skinny on fats

Most medical and nutritional professionals agree: ultra-high protein, low-carbohydrate, high fat weight loss plans not only aren’t healthy, but sometimes trigger health problems.

 

Aug. 13, 2013 @ 12:45 PM

Healthier eating doesn't mean cutting comfort

Weight loss is rarely an easy journey and celebrity chef Art Smith knows that first hand.
 


Jul. 30, 2013 @ 08:21 AM

Diet a part of healthy aging

I'm about to celebrate my 66th birthday, which got me thinking about aging and what, in terms of health, my future may hold. I've been fortunate so far, since: I've never undergone surgery; my blood pressure continues to be normal; I only require glasses to read and peer at my computer screen and still have most of my almost gray-free hair.


Jul. 16, 2013 @ 11:52 AM

Reinventing an old-fashioned salad

When I was a kid, my mom’s potato salad was so good she never attempted cold cucumbers in sour cream, which turned out to be a good thing since I found that salad as unappetizing as I did sauerkraut or rutabagas. I didn’t escape that salad easily, though, because during the summer we regularly dined at grandma’s house, where a big bowl of those cold cucumbers in sour cream were always on her warm weather menu. I shunned her cucumbers, even though Grandma said they were “soooo” good. To me, they looked watery and limp and tasted sour like vinegar. Ugh.


Jun. 18, 2013 @ 02:35 PM

Mauer: Prevention magazine offers tips on healthy buys

For me, grocery shopping's mostly an on-the-run, in-and-out Saturday errand. Quick-trip food shopping leaves me little to no time to read packaged product ingredient lists and places me in at a disadvantage when it comes to selecting the healthiest options.


Jun. 04, 2013 @ 03:00 PM

Shining the light on trans fats

When we grocery shopped more than 20 years ago, we relied almost exclusively on food product ingredient lists to divine their nutritional content. Those labels listed ingredients by weight from the most to the least, but standing in a supermarket aisle attempting to quantify that list into something numerically useful required mystical powers or today's Smart Phone.
Just like everyone else, I cheered loudly when nutrition facts began appearing on food labels. Food Facts, although sometimes confusing and moderately ambiguous, made for informed and sometimes easier purchasing decisions.


Jun. 04, 2013 @ 08:38 AM

Don Mauer: Getting the word out on trans fats

When we grocery shopped more than 20 years ago, we relied almost exclusively on food product ingredient lists to divine their nutritional content. Those labels listed ingredients by weight from the most to the least, but standing in a supermarket aisle attempting to quantify that list into something numerically useful required mystical powers or today's Smart Phone.


Apr. 09, 2013 @ 03:43 PM

Don Mauer: An 8-hour diet? Maybe so

The first time I saw David Zinczenko’s new book, “The 8-Hour Diet,” I thought, An 8-hour diet? R-e-a-l-l-y?


Mar. 26, 2013 @ 11:16 AM

Mauer: 'Modernist cuisine' -- something completely different

As frequently said on Monty Python's Flying Circus: "And now for something completely different."

Today I'm not writing about trimming the amount of sour cream in a recipe or baking with applesauce. I'm diving into new waters called modernist cuisine.


Apr. 19, 2013 @ 12:31 PM

Roasted garlic adds flavor to mashed potatoes

My first taste of oven-roasted garlic hooked me. Unlike the strong bite you get from fresh, raw garlic, oven-roasted garlic almost melts on your tongue, its smooth texture blooming into a subtle sweet flavor and aroma.


Jan. 15, 2013 @ 03:20 PM

Don Mauer: Leaner pork may not be cleaner

Wanting pork to be as lean as chicken (“the other white meat”) may have led to drug-enhanced leaner pork; here’s the round-about way I learned about this.


Jan. 08, 2013 @ 03:28 PM

The best books for cooks

Selecting a gift for a really good cook can be a gamble because most talented cooks already own and use all the basic kitchen equipment, as well as many gadgets and newfangled gizmos. But there are still plenty of items out there that will please seasoned and novice cooks alike.


Jan. 01, 2013 @ 03:08 PM

Don Mauer: New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be hard

The new year just began and the holiday season voted most likely to add pounds is over. If you have done well, and are the same weight you were the day before Thanksgiving: Congratulations!