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Preserved Home: Inexpensive and versatile, rice is a treat

Preserved Home: Inexpensive and versatile, rice is a treat

Laura Woolfrey-Macklem

January 17, 2014


Filed under COLUMNISTS, Food, NORTH COAST TASTE, Preserved Home

I’m always looking for tricky ways to save money in the kitchen without compromising taste. One ingredient that’s always a winner is rice. Rice can be used in sweet and savory dishes. It’s a star in Indian, Latin and Asian cuisines, tempering spice and carrying rich sauces. Exotic or everyday,...

Preserved Home: Bake sugar cookies with royal results

Preserved Home: Bake sugar cookies with royal results

Laura Woolfrey-Macklem

December 16, 2013


Filed under COLUMNISTS, Food, NORTH COAST TASTE, Preserved Home

Out of all the cookies you could possibly make, sugar cookies say Christmas best of all. Cut in shapes such as reindeer, sleighs, and angels, painted with colorful frosting and embellished with sprinkles of all sorts, sugar cookies are the jolliest cookie jar offering. My cousin labors over her sugar cookie...

Preserved Home: Warming pecans, frosty cranberries ideal for the season

Preserved Home: Warming pecans, frosty cranberries ideal for the season

Laura Woolfrey-Macklem

November 15, 2013


Filed under COLUMNISTS, Food, NORTH COAST TASTE, Preserved Home

My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, and not just because I’m a foodie. Thanksgiving has tradition, warmth, and gathers family much like Christmas, but without all the gift pressure. And unlike fighting crowds for buying toys and other gifts, I love Thanksgiving shopping, filling my grocery basket...

Preserved Home: Don’t be spooked by powdered pumpkin

Laura Woolfrey-Macklem

October 10, 2013


Filed under COLUMNISTS, Food, NORTH COAST TASTE, Preserved Home

One of my favorite childhood memories is our annual fall trip to Bates Nut Farm to get a pumpkin. There were no bounce houses, vendors or face painters at the pumpkin patch back then. It was just pumpkins. And it was wonderful. Growing up in the 1970’s and ’80s, everyone in my neighborhood only...

Preserved Home: Show you’re a seasoned roaster

Laura Woolfrey-Macklem

September 10, 2013


Filed under COLUMNISTS, Preserved Home

I’m a gadget girl for sure. I have a deli slicer, a yogurt maker, two dehydrators, a meat grinder, food processor and even a kitchen torch. Oh, and a pasta roller, fitted with a ravioli attachment. The list could go on. However, the one thing I would never buy is a kitchen rotisserie. You can make sl...

Living Creatively: Get to know yourself; get to know others

Barbara Basia Koenig

August 23, 2013


Filed under Arts, COLUMNISTS, Living Creatively

Once, while shopping at the supermarket, I noticed a baby staring at another baby, who stared back. Nothing else seemed to matter to either of them, until they were finally wheeled out of each other’s sight. Later I visited an art gallery and saw some figure studies which consumed my attention, bec...

Kent Davy: Time to cross the water-wise bridge

Kent Davy

August 3, 2013


Filed under COLUMNISTS, Kent Davy

Face it. San Diego is a semi-arid desert; it’s really North Africa on a different planet. But we don’t live like it. We tend to enjoy plush, landscaped yards (me, too; I’m guilty, as well) and think about water mostly when the rates go up. If we had to rely solely on fresh water from ...

Preserved Home: Scrap the throwaway; use leftovers

Laura Woolfrey-Macklem

August 2, 2013


Filed under COLUMNISTS, Preserved Home

“Kids, mommy is making dinner with kitchen trash again!” announced my husband loudly. “Ewwweeee!” exclaimed my two young children, wrinkling their little noses in disgust. He loves to needle me about my frugality, but this time it resulted in some fast-talking on my part about how it’s food, not...

Preserved Home: The wonder of homemade bread

Laura Woolfrey-Macklem

July 4, 2013


Filed under COLUMNISTS, Preserved Home

I grew up in Escondido, near a fun little bread outlet on Midway, close to what used to be Thrifty and Alpha Beta. They had Twinkies, those little wax bottles with “juice” in them, and Wonderbread. My family bought Wonderbread every week – white, thin and light as a feather. I remember smooching...

Dried citrus can yield sweet result

Laura Woolfrey-Macklem

June 13, 2013


Filed under COLUMNISTS, Preserved Home

About six months ago, I found myself with 20 pounds of free grapefruit after combining a coupon with a store special. My daughter looked up at me with a cocked eyebrow, then questioned my sanity for buying 20 pounds of grapefruit. All four bags ended up being 16 cents total, so how could I turn it down? May...

Warm memories can help make this summer joyful

Barbara Basia Koenig

June 13, 2013


Filed under Arts, COLUMNISTS, Living Creatively

For many of us, summer comes with a host of happy memories recalling its lazy, hazy days of play and adventure. The summer season offers a delightful time to make happy memories to last for a lifetime of remembrance. Somewhere in your bank of stored fond memories is a place, a time, when you were del...

Is there a punch line to Encinitas politics?

Roman S. Koenig

June 3, 2013


Filed under COLUMNISTS, Encinitas, Point of View

I first learned that Encinitas politics was nasty business when the punches were thrown. Literally. The realization hit me – figuratively – when I was attending a community business meeting in 2002. Not surprisingly, politics was just as much on the agenda as business. I don’t know what the kerfu...

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