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Not only are sugared cranberries a stunning addition to a charcuterie board, they can dazzle the top of a holiday dessert or bob in a holiday cocktail. (Photo by Laura Macklem)

Preserved Home: Sugar-frosted cranberries are dazzling, versatile

Laura Macklem December 14, 2023
Cranberry enthusiasts employ this seasonal berry in creative ways including cranberry salsa, mustard, syrup, liquor, and as a meat sauce. However, the most impressive way to feature fresh cranberries is to frost them with sugar.
Stuffing bread isn’t just more economical, healthier and delicious, but it can be made months ahead of time because the cubes should be dry. You can also put together stove-top stuffing kits in individual jars for a quick weeknight side. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

Preserved Home: Homemade stuffing bread can help ensure there’s plenty to go around

Laura Macklem November 12, 2023
This year, we can confidently have company for holiday dinners without our secret greed for stuffing. Even though this is my recipe for stuffing bread, the actual stuffing recipe will always be my mom’s, and like any mom, she’ll be glad I’m doing a better job sharing.
Homemade energy bars are a good way of using less-expensive bulk items for an affordable, healthy treat. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

Preserved Home: Energy bar recipe part of bulking up to keep food budget down

Laura Woolfrey Macklem February 7, 2023
The grocery game of creating a bountiful pantry with a frugal approach is always profitable, lulls concerns of shortages, and provides more spontaneous creative freedom in the kitchen. Even with rising grocery prices, you can still eat up the savings.
Roasted butternut squash is ready for use in a variety of dishes. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

Preserved Home: Season offers lots of reasons to fall for butternut squash

Laura Woolfrey Macklem November 15, 2022
Butternut squash might be tan and plain on the outside, a real ho-hum in comparison. But underneath is a brilliant orange flesh surpassing the flavor of all others. Roasted, zoodled or steamed, cook with it and you will fall for butternut squash.
This summer, as you gaze at countertops full of produce, be creative with your harvest and find ways to enjoy squash all year long. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

Preserved Home: Squash is a summer staple full of potential

Laura Woolfrey Macklem August 21, 2022
This summer, as you gaze at countertops full of produce, be creative with your harvest and don’t squash the opportunity to enjoy it all year long.
Wheat. (Photo by Hikmet via Unsplash)

Preserved Home: Some kernels of knowledge about grains’ greatness

Laura Woolfrey Macklem May 25, 2022
Homemade bread made with freshly milled flour provides a soft yet sturdy canvas for sandwiches and spreads with tremendous health benefits canceling any bread guilt. Common, nutrition-lacking loaves are now the price of the artisan counterparts in the store. Buy grains now to to stock your pantry, and fill your bread box with a slice of heaven.
Home-canned strawberries can be enjoyed as pie filling, preserving spring-season flavor. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

Preserved Home: Fresh-canned strawberry filling is easy as pie

Laura Woolfrey Macklem March 25, 2022
The start of Carlsbad’s strawberry season yields the biggest, sweetest strawberries I’ve ever had. I remember my then 4-year-old scooting up to the strawberry stand and asking “one basket please” and being gifted a giant, ruby red strawberry as an extra treat. Between our berry acquisition and the Flower Fields, that day was a little slice of heaven.
Dehydrating citrus can be a favorite way to preserve the fruit, and it can be used daily in a variety of uses. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

Preserved Home: Citrus can offer daily dose of recipe options

Laura Woolfrey Macklem February 4, 2022
I remember driving from Escondido to Moonlight Beach in Encinitas as a teenager, passing produce stands overflowing with fresh blood oranges and other fruits and vegetables. Before I knew about preserving, I would stop along the road just buy a little here and there, and savor the produce fresh. I may not have preserved fruit back then, but what I have preserved are memories growing up surrounded by citrus and avocado groves, friendly produce vendors, and, most of all, a very best friend.
With a deep, spiced flavor and soft crumb, this homemade gingerbread load the perfect holiday breakfast treat. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

Preserved Home: Looking to bake some gingerbread? Snap to it with this recipe

Laura Woolfrey Macklem December 17, 2021
My gingerbread loaf recipe, though, is a much-anticipated treat and baked in ornamental pans. With a deep, spiced flavor and soft crumb, it’s the perfect holiday breakfast treat.
Butternut bacon pasta pairs well with a side salad. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

Preserved Home: Butternut bacon pasta squashes pumpkin

Laura Woolfrey Macklem November 11, 2021
Don’t get me wrong, I really do enjoy pumpkin and it’s employed in my kitchen in the fall and winter. But butternut squash is something I use all year because it doesn’t depend on heavy fall spices to lift the flavor. Pumpkin has to be gussied up, while butternut squash naturally can stand alone.
Toppings take this homemade enchilada soup to divinity status. Creamy avocado sprinkled with lime juice and salt, crisp tortilla strips, spicy sliced green onions and fragrant cilantro make this soup a fiesta in a bowl. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

Preserved Home: Slow cooker enchilada soup is a tasty fall flavor

Laura Woolfrey Macklem September 30, 2021
With fall and school starting, soup is on the mind of home cooks, often looking to the slow cooker for quick, comforting meals. There’s nothing like a bubbling pot of soup waiting for you after a busy day when fall hits. And even if it doesn’t feel like fall outside for you, the vibe is everywhere, so why not join in?
Smoked baked beans with jalapeño and bacon are sweet, spicy, smokey, and will dominate as the favorite at any gathering. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

Preserved Home: Smoked beans are a scrumptious summer staple

Laura Woolfrey Macklem July 30, 2021
Smoked baked beans with jalapeño and bacon are sweet, spicy, smokey, and will dominate as the favorite at any gathering.
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