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Donna Maurillo, Food for Thought

First, most non-stick pans last maybe three or four years. Eventually, the coating wears away, so you are stuck (no pun intended) having to replace it. You’ll just have to live with that fact. → Read More

Donna Maurillo, Food for Thought | Milk Street cookbook shows how to ‘Cook What You Have’ in kitchen

Donna Maurillo reviews Christopher Kimball’s new cookbook, “Cook What You Have,” in this week’s Food for Thought column. → Read More

Donna Maurillo, Food for Thought

Lots of so-called health foods never quite hit the mark when it comes to flavor. (Kombucha, anyone?) Or you have to do extra work to make it palatable. (I’m looking at you, tofu.) → Read More

Donna Maurillo, Food For Thought

This morning I found them marching into the garbage disposal to seek out any bits that may not have gone down the drain. They invaded my trash container under the sink. They even got into my counte… → Read More

Donna Maurillo, Food for Thought

Who doesn’t love their air fryer? I don’t see many hands in the air, so I’m assuming that you’re like me. I’ve found so many ways to use my air fryer that I hardly turn on my oven anymore. Which me… → Read More

Donna Maurillo, Food for Thought

If anyone ate shrimp like there was no tomorrow, it was people from around the Gulf coast. → Read More

Donna Maurillo, Food for Thought

Coming from a large family, our birthday gifts were more practical than frivolous. → Read More

Donna Maurillo, Food for Thought | Italian food influenced by continental neighbors

So, after finding it on a map (it’s between Milan and Genoa), we pointed our car north and took off on Autostrada 1. Our → Read More

Donna Maurillo, Food for Thought | Cooling off in Roman heatwave with Aperol spritzes

Aperol spritzes are ubiquitous in Italy, especially in summer months, when a cold drink is necessary to preserve your sanity. In fact, you may want to make one yourself. → Read More

Donna Maurillo, Food for Thought

Even more to the point, Italian food is even better when you’re in the middle of the country of origin. The tomatoes are sweeter. The fruits are more flavorful. The pasta is cooked truly al dente. … → Read More

Donna Maurillo, Food for Thought | ‘The World in a Skillet’ shines like on cooking options

“The World in a Skillet” (Voracious Pub., $35.00 hard cover) helps you take a 12-inch skillet and use it to make 125 different meals from around the globe. → Read More

Donna Maurillo, Food for Thought | A guide to make healthy choices, there’s an app for that

I want a phone app that lets me scan the UPC code on food packages. Then it would tell me immediately if my choices were good or bad for my health. → Read More

Donna Maurillo, Food for Thought

Goodles is “good noodles” – a collection of four types of boxed mac and cheese that are ready in about 15 minutes. → Read More

Donna Maurillo, Food for Thought | Adventurous eating includes authentic Roman pasta dish

One thing I intend to try in Rome this summer is cacio e pepe. It’s an authentic Roman pasta dish that requires only three ingredients—pasta, cheese, and black pepper. → Read More

Donna Maurillo, Food for Thought | ‘Forest Feast Road Trip’ shows off California food, scenery

Start out from your home in the Santa Cruz Mountains, pile the kids into a minivan named Carlene, and drive 2,500 miles (plus a couple of side trips) without ever leaving California. → Read More

Donna Maurillo, Food for Thought

“It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread!” I used to hear that a lot when I was growing up in the 1950s. What was so great about sliced bread? For me, “sliced bread” meant Wonder Bread, which wa… → Read More

Donna Maurillo, Food for Thought

With Ukraine at the top of our minds lately, I wanted to offer some insights about the favorite dishes of the Ukraine people. → Read More

Donna Maurillo, Food for Thought | Simple recipes in ‘The Steger Homestead Kitchen’

Way back when I was a military spouse, our flight squadron included a couple who planned to move to Oregon and live off the land. She was going to grow organic vegetables, and they’d get power from… → Read More

Donna Maurillo, Food for Thought

Cooking in the old days wasn’t quite the same as it is today. In fact, recipes were rather vague, such as they were. → Read More

Donna Maurillo, Food for Thought

At the start of every new year, it’s typical to find predictions about almost anything. This week, I found an article describing trends in grocery shopping. → Read More