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Preserved Home: Homemade vinegar can be a real mealtime gift

Preserved Home: Homemade vinegar can be a real mealtime gift

Laura Woolfrey-Macklem

September 3, 2015


Filed under Food, NORTH COAST TASTE, Preserved Home

My family doesn’t like store-bought salad dressing because it just tastes like oil with some flavoring. It drags the freshness of salad down, and there never seems to be enough flavor. I’m sure there are some exceptions, but I’ve never found a salad dressing that made salad shine as it should. The ...

Preserved Home: Make campouts a homey culinary treat

Preserved Home: Make campouts a homey culinary treat

Laura Woolfrey-Macklem

May 23, 2015


Filed under Food, NORTH COAST TASTE, Preserved Home

It’s been said the best part of camping is the memories. My family loves to camp, but the hassle that goes into getting everything there, and back, is frustrating. Remembering everything from dish soap to salt and pepper is tedious. My husband did make a camp kitchen, which is a box on legs, storing s...

Sugar Encinitas: A coffeehouse where everything’s nice

Sugar Encinitas: A coffeehouse where everything’s nice

Debbie L. Sklar

February 20, 2015


Filed under Encinitas, Food, Leucadia, NORTH COAST TASTE, Real Beans

Need a little sugar with your coffee? If you’re in search of a signature cup of coffee minus the corporate setting, Sugar Coffee & Tea might just be up your alley. You won’t see any corporate logos, cups or cookie-cutter baristas here, just the real deal. Its owner and president, Ryan Berts...

Preserved Home: Today’s hot topic? Creative uses for jalapenos

Preserved Home: Today’s hot topic? Creative uses for jalapenos

Laura Woolfrey-Macklem

February 8, 2015


Filed under Food, NORTH COAST TASTE, Preserved Home

When you buy produce in bulk, you have to get creative. This is especially true when you buy 17 pounds of something which is used sparingly, such as jalapenos. My husband likes his food ultra-spicy, and I have to stop him from ruining dishes like my homemade chicken pot pie with hot sauce. Spicy heat i...

Preserved Home: Homemade pickled carrots make a tasty treat

Preserved Home: Homemade pickled carrots make a tasty treat

Laura Woolfrey-Macklem

December 16, 2014


Filed under Food, NORTH COAST TASTE, Preserved Home

It’s always been my challenge to take a vegetable someone in my family doesn’t like and discover how to change their mind via an interesting recipe. I call them gateway recipes. For instance, I introduced my children to kale by making a cheesy kale gratin. Yes, it was laden with cream and cheese, but...

Preserved Home: Putting up with potatoes

Preserved Home: Putting up with potatoes

Laura Woolfrey-Macklem

November 18, 2014


Filed under Food, NORTH COAST TASTE, Preserved Home

There is a domestic urban myth that potatoes don’t freeze well. Most everyone I know is under that impression, and is amazed when I tell them otherwise. With the holidays upon us, and potato sales at their prime, I’ll tell you some creative ways to stock up on potatoes for several months, including...

Brew Review: Carlsbad’s Arcana marks anniversary with seasonal offerings

Brew Review: Carlsbad’s Arcana marks anniversary with seasonal offerings

Layla Marino

November 10, 2014


Filed under Carlsbad, Food, NORTH COAST TASTE

October was a huge beer month in San Diego County. The Hop Highway, a proliferation of breweries running from Escondido all the way to the coast, is gaining fame not only for its IPAs, but for craft beers in general. Indeed, with October being a traditionally beer-friendly month due to Oktoberfest, as ...

Preserved Home: Butternut squash a sign of the season

Preserved Home: Butternut squash a sign of the season

Laura Woolfrey-Macklem

October 8, 2014


Filed under Food, NORTH COAST TASTE, Preserved Home

This week, I’m heading to the farmers market for a 50-pound case of butternut squash for $12. I buy in bulk to get a lower price, but since I only have a family of four, I must get creative. Thankfully, butternut squash can keep for months in cool storage, so there isn’t a rush to process it ...

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

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

Laura Woolfrey-Macklem

August 30, 2014


Filed under Food, NORTH COAST TASTE, Preserved Home

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 my recipe. I had the opportunity to get a 30-pound box of eggplant for $5. As I looked at the vendo...

Preserved Home: Use your melon — preserve it

Preserved Home: Use your melon — preserve it

Laura Woolfrey-Macklem

July 16, 2014


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

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, meat and even grains. One of my most unique put-ups is dehydrated watermelon. I enjoy maki...

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

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

Laura Woolfrey-Macklem

May 31, 2014


Filed under Food, NORTH COAST TASTE, Preserved Home

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 and lend a hand on days when I have a full plate. One of my favorite meal helpers is sausage. I l...

Preserved Home: Got fruit? Cobble together a treat

Preserved Home: Got fruit? Cobble together a treat

Laura Woolfrey-Macklem

April 29, 2014


Filed under Food, NORTH COAST TASTE, Preserved Home

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 warm water. I guess I simply don’t care, just as long as the laundry gets clean. But pie crust, that I care...

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