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Education Matters: Scorning the public’s right to be heard

May 20, 2020
By violating the basic rules of California’s Brown Act in its ill-advised attempt to control the number of public speakers, the San Dieguito Union High School District board has taken away the public’s right to address its elected officials.

Living Creatively: Be at peace

Rain. (Jan Fillem, Unsplash)
January 3, 2020
We have within us a kind of spiritual anchor, an innate inner peace or presence of mind that is always accessible to us if we learn to cultivate it, as we do a sense of humor. Our presence of mind can withstand any adversity if we understand our place in the scheme of things. We can contribute to the chaos around us, or we can be an island of peace within it, somewhat like being in the eye of the storm. We can attain this inner tranquility through practice of presence.

Living Creatively: Find your personal space, and a ‘third place’

Third space. (Danielle MacInnes, Unsplash)
February 17, 2019
One way to live more peacefully and creatively is to set personal boundaries. We can view a personal boundary as a field of energy around us that we set through intention. We intentionally set a standard we intend to live by, and choose what influences we will allow, and not allow, to influence us. These influences affect our peace of mind and attainment of goals.

Preserved Home: Homemade dip can be answer to ‘fake news’ snacks

Homemade layered Greek dip makes a substantial number of servings. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)
October 10, 2018
One of my favorite snack recipes is layered Greek dip, which makes a substantial number of servings. Homemade hummus is topped with layers of vegetables, whole Greek yogurt, olives and feta cheese.

Preserved Home: No wonder why one-pot dishes are deliciously easy

Buffalo chicken “risotto” is a tasty one-pot meal that’s easy to make. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)
March 6, 2018
Today’s busy cook is veering away from just quick, to quick and healthy. It’s my opinion the days of the blue and green dinosaur shaped chicken nugget are coming to an end. People want real food.

Preserved Home: Mexican-style rice recipe recalls fond memories of Fidel’s

Homemade Mexican-style rice can recall fond memories of your favorite hometown Mexican restaurant. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)
October 19, 2017
It’s possibly nervy thinking I have anything to serve up Southern California’s community in terms of a Mexican rice recipe, but I absolutely do. I might not have an abuela who passed down authentic Mexican recipes, but I grew up in Southern California, and know what good Mexican rice tastes like. The standard for me was set years ago at Carlsbad’s Fidel's Mexican Restaurant. It’s now called Norte, but to some of us, it will always be Fidel’s.

Preserved Home: Dumplings, grits make for old-fashioned deliciousness

Old-fashioned homemeade chicken and dumplings. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)
June 5, 2017
Thumbing through the yellowed recipe cards from years back, I can see glimpses of times gone by — the ingredients, the lingo, and the simplicity. I loved the stains and crinkles on the cards, thinking of busy hands pulling them out of the box, hurrying to get dinner served on time. My grandmother ate poor man’s soup, but there is only a richness in the care, creativity, and even worry people faced, and still face today, about nourishing their families.

Preserved Home: Soup up tomatoes and broccoli to win over doubters

Broccoli and tomatoes can be used to make flavorful and healthy homemade soups. (Photo by Steven Trousdale via FreeImages)
February 2, 2017
I like to challenge myself in taking a vegetable my family doesn’t like and making it irresistible, so I decided to take on tomato soup. The result was a creamy, aromatic, tomatoey treat. Even my daughter, who has declared she hates tomatoes, quietly begged with her eyes as I proceeded to warm the last bit of leftovers for myself the next day.

Preserved Home: Spice up pumpkin with this Alfredo recipe

Lean sausage adds an extra kick to this homemade pumpkin Alfredo sauce and pasta. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)
October 24, 2016
Fall is my favorite season, so I jumped on the pumpkin wagon. But instead of buying something pumpkin flavored, I wanted to cook something with actual pumpkin — something fresh and creative.

Preserved Home: In a pickle over cucumbers? Try these recipes

There are several methods to can your own pickles. (Laura Woolfrey Macklem)
June 29, 2016
It’s a canning mother’s lament — finding the perfect pickle kids will like. In the past, they have been too sour, too sweet, too soft or too spicy, according to my children. Just giving them the first bite of my pickle experiment is like watching a stressful sporting event. Will they pucker? Will they run for the faucet because of spice? And could this be the one ingestible item they refuse because it’s too sweet?

Living Creatively: Find your sanctuary within

June 28, 2016
Often we get so busy or feel so trapped by all the things that need to be done, we forget that we need to take care of ourselves, as well, and deserve the same attention and care we reserve for important projects, duties, obligations and chores. Some of us, however, are limited by circumstances that do not allow for time away to experience a connection with nature that we long for and need.

Preserved Home: Sweeten the season with the tartness of lemon

Lemons provide a great opportunity for preserving for use in cooking and homemade lemondade. (e_anka, FreeImages)
April 19, 2016
I love California’s abundance of citrus. I’ll never forget driving through the back roads of Temecula with the windows down as the fragrance of lemons filled the air. Growing up, my friend Veronica had several orange trees in her Escondido backyard, and it always seemed kind of magical to me.
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