Gwyn Mellinger

Food service grounded
October 17, 2007
Last week I was made to endure the living hell that is commercial airline travel. On my return trip, neither of my two flights functioned according to schedule and, of course, a nonstop flight is such a rarity out of Kansas City anymore that most trips now have legs.
Recipe capitalizes on pumpkin season
October 10, 2007
I tend to view the stretch from Halloween to Thanksgiving as one segment of the culinary calendar. In part, that’s because the weather in October and November is so distinct from summer and winter, which precede and follow. Those two months are their own season.
Rising prices stunt grocery fanatic
October 3, 2007
My trips to the grocery store, which once offered a relaxing consumer diversion at the end of a busy day, have become something of a pain. That’s right, I’m one of those odd folk who get their jollies pushing a cart up and down the aisles, handling the produce, looking for new products, comparing prices.
Apples deserve autumn reverence
September 26, 2007
The fruit trees in our yard were loaded with blossoms in April when that monumental cold snap hit. Overnight and with fatal decisiveness, we lost our apple, peach and cherry crops. While I mourned the peaches and cherries a couple of months ago, I’m now missing our apples.
Brownie substitution tasty, but not low-cal
September 19, 2007
I subscribe to several cooking magazines, and one of the best for dessert recipes is Cooking Light. Leafing through this magazine, which purports in its very title to focus on light foods, is an adventure in irony.
Cooler air ushers in fall, winter fare
September 12, 2007
On Saturday, the afternoon temperature was in the 80s, and we cooked steaks on the grill. It was a perfect late-summer main course, with sliced tomatoes on the side. Even though it was a light meal, it hit the spot. Not too much food, but just enough.
Fresh lime key flavor in cheesecake variation
September 5, 2007
If you don’t have a thing for the flavor of fresh lime, then you needn’t read any further. This week I’m indulging my lust for lime and offering a recipe that doesn’t entertain the concept of moderation.
Bedtime just as crucial as awakening in garden
August 29, 2007
With the temperatures stuck in the 90s and this year’s vegetable garden petering out, it’s hard to think about replanting next spring. But in fact, work we do in the garden over the next month or so will make a difference in how our vegetable crops fare next time around.
Culinary icon takes cake with classic recipe
August 22, 2007
I recently was in need of a recipe for a substantial cake to give as a thank-you gift, but it had to be a recipe that was simple to make because I was pressed for time. My first thought was of a carrot cake recipe that I became attached to more than 30 years ago.
Raccoon cravings take toll on spent gardens
August 15, 2007
The intense August heat has just about finished off many area vegetable gardens. If you’re a rural water customer like me, you’re reluctant to roll out the hose at the tail end of the growing season. Generally, I become fatalistic after July 20 or so. Whatever precipitation finds its way to my garden at this point in the summer falls from the sky.
Roma tomatoes make tasty base for pasta sauce
August 8, 2007
I can’t imagine a summer without Roma tomatoes. Sometimes called plum tomatoes, these fleshy, egg-shaped items are the main ingredient in marinara and other red sauces. Anyone who has popped open a jar of Ragu has experienced the Roma.
Giant tomato plant takes over deck
July 25, 2007
I received an e-mail a couple of weeks ago from Dean Bevan, a retired English professor who is not given to exaggeration. In this e-mail, Dean claimed to have the largest tomato plant in Lawrence growing on his very own deck. My curiosity aroused, I made an appointment to view this extraordinary plant.
With yellow wax beans, flavor depends on prep
July 18, 2007
I’ve fallen in love. The object of my recently ignited affection is a yellow wax bean called Goldito.
Sweet, fresh peaches base for delicious dessert
July 11, 2007
I rounded a corner in the supermarket the other day and was nearly knocked off my feet by the aroma of hundreds of ripe peaches. Nothing smells as sweetly seductive as a ripe peach, as far as I’m concerned.
Practicality wins in grill debate
July 4, 2007
In recent weeks a new gas grill appeared on our deck, after its predecessor succumbed to rust. We had used the previous appliance, a bottom-of-the-line basic grill, for at least 10 years, so we definitely got our money out of it.