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Sophie Cubbison in a publicity photo advertising her products. (Photo courtesy of Mrs. Cubbison’s Foods)

It wouldn’t be the holidays without: Tradition began with San Marcos native

Lauren Ciallella November 24, 2020
Is it stuffing or is it dressing? “There’s really no difference,” says Leo Pearlstein, Mrs. Cubbison’s PR man since 1948. A personal friend of San Marcos legend Sophie Cubbison, Pearlstein watched as this inventive entrepreneur used her passion for health food to become a national icon.
Sue Satterlee of Vista won first place for her dried dill and second place for her firecrackers in the Home and Hobby contest at this year’s San Diego County Fair. (Photo by Lauren J. Mapp)

Encinitas, Carlsbad residents shine in County Fair culinary contests

Lauren J. Mapp July 6, 2019
Jars of jam, bottles of liqueurs, cookies, cakes and more lined the walls of the Del Mar Fairgrounds grandstand complex during the annual San Diego County Fair as it came to a close last week. The Home and Hobby contest drew in hundreds of competitors to more than 100 categories this year.
Visitors to the fifth annual San Diego Fermentation Festival in Encinitas on Feb. 17 could sample foods such as pickled cabbage by the Fermenters Club, which held the event at Leichtag Commons. (Photo by Lauren J. Mapp)

A good gut feeling: Fermentation, food are focus of Encinitas event

Lauren J. Mapp March 6, 2019
The Fermenters Club held its fifth annual San Diego Fermentation Festival at the Leichtag Commons farm in Encinitas on Feb. 17. Festivalgoers were able to learn how to make their own apple ginger sauerkraut in take-home demo jars at a hands-on table and nibble on samples of products from local artisan producers of fermented products.
Homemade layered Greek dip makes a substantial number of servings. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

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

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.
Buffalo chicken “risotto” is a tasty one-pot meal that’s easy to make. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

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

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.
Homemade Mexican-style rice can recall fond memories of your favorite hometown Mexican restaurant. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

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

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.
Old-fashioned homemeade chicken and dumplings. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

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

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.
Broccoli and tomatoes can be used to make flavorful and healthy homemade soups. (Photo by Steven Trousdale via FreeImages)

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

Laura Woolfrey Macklem 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.
Lean sausage adds an extra kick to this homemade pumpkin Alfredo sauce and pasta. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

Preserved Home: Spice up pumpkin with this Alfredo recipe

Laura Woolfrey Macklem October 25, 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.
There are several methods to can your own pickles. (Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

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

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?
Lemons provide a great opportunity for preserving for use in cooking and homemade lemondade. (e_anka, FreeImages)

Preserved Home: Sweeten the season with the tartness of lemon

Laura Woolfrey Macklem 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.
Skip store-bought eggnog and create your own holiday libation for family, friends and guests. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

Preserved Home: Use your noggin and create your own eggnog

Laura Woolfrey Macklem December 20, 2015

My eggnog drinking experience reminds me of the “Three Bears” story — one is too sweet, one is too rich, and the other one is devoid of any warm notes of spice. Until making eggnog myself, I hadn't...

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