North Coast Current

Point of View: Locals in spotlight to revive film commission

October 3, 2014

Our region is in need of a film commission, and thanks to the efforts of some key players on the North Coast, we just might see it go from script to screen. County Supervisor Dave Roberts (a former...

Preserved Home: Eggplant — it’s what’s for breakfast

Eggplant, like zucchini, can work well in muffin recipes. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey-Macklem)
August 30, 2014

My children ate eggplant for breakfast this morning. Mothers everywhere should be in awe of this feat. Of course, your kids — even the picky ones — will eat eggplant for breakfast, too, if you make...

Point of View: Encinitas and the snob effect

August 1, 2014

To anyone who has lived in Encinitas more than 20 years, it’s very likely they’ve observed a remarkable change in the culture and attitude of the city. Impatient drivers on El Camino Real who try...

Preserved Home: Use your melon — preserve it

An entire watermelon can be preserved in several jars, which can last for a summer treat all season. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey-Macklem)
July 16, 2014

Summer is in full swing, and that means experimenting with my dehydrator. I have two dehydrators, and they will be running all summer and fall. With this versatile kitchen tool, I preserve fruits, vegetables,...

Point of View: Urban farm tiff has quite a plot

June 13, 2014

Encinitas’ long, rich history of agriculture has lost out to crops of so-called “McMansions” over the years, but patches of that past tradition continue to hold ground in the city’s urbanized environment....

Preserved Home: Nothing wrong with the daily grind when it comes to meal helpers

Grinding and freezing meet is a helpful way to plan meals ahead. (Photo by Peter Albrektsen via stock.xchng)
May 31, 2014

Convenience foods make dinner easy on a busy night, but they are pricey, not always healthy, and rarely taste decent. I decided to make my own variety of frozen meal helpers that are healthy, taste fresh...

Preserved Home: Got fruit? Cobble together a treat

One way to use frozen fruit is cobbler. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey-Macklem)
April 28, 2014

The two areas I struggle with domestically are laundry and pie crust. While I make my own laundry soap, I don’t bother to sort by color, and I haven’t tried to figure out what gets washed in cold or...

Point of View: School’s in session this political season

April 11, 2014

Rocks, sand and a glass container. Encinitas City Councilwoman Kristin Gaspar brought teaching tools and a lesson plan for her portion of the State of the City address on April 4 at the Community Center....

Preserved Home: No need to pucker over sauerkraut

Homemade sauerkraut is a great pantry staple, and it’s easy to make. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey-Macklem)
March 27, 2014

I grew up on canned sauerkraut, but homemade is just much better, and a lot less expensive. You can add caraway seeds to the cabbage during fermentation, afterwards, or not at all. Homemade sauerkraut...

Preserved Home: Use collard or kale for great pesto

Collard greens or kale can make a successful substitute for fresh basil to make winter pesto. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey-Macklem)
February 15, 2014

I grow basil every summer and enjoy making pesto with my bounty. For my family, basil pesto requires fresh tomatoes as a pasta topping. But in the winter, tomatoes aren’t so great. To change it up, I...

Preserved Home: Inexpensive and versatile, rice is a treat

One way to make rice extra special is to make rice pudding. It doesn’t require precooked rice and can be thrown together in the slow cooker in minutes. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey-Macklem)
January 17, 2014

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...

Preserved Home: Bake sugar cookies with royal results

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. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey-Macklem)
December 16, 2013

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...

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