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Preserved Home: No need to pucker over sauerkraut

Preserved Home: No need to pucker over sauerkraut

Laura Woolfrey-Macklem

March 28, 2014


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

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 is a great pantry staple, and it’s easy to make. For every 5 pounds of cabbage, you will need 3...

Preserved Home: Use collard or kale for great pesto

Preserved Home: Use collard or kale for great pesto

Laura Woolfrey-Macklem

February 15, 2014


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

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 make winter pesto, using collard greens or kale. Stick with me – even my 6-year-old loves these “green...

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,...

Little Cakes earns big wins on Food Network

Little Cakes earns big wins on Food Network

Manny Lopez

December 31, 2013


Filed under Food, NORTH COAST TASTE, North County, Region, Vista

Who would have imagined that getting pushed out of a high-paying job after 12 years of service was the best thing that could have ever happened to two-time “Cupcake Wars” winner Don Hein, owner of Little Cakes Cupcake Kitchen in Vista? In 2010, after being demoted and having his pay cut in half,...

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...

Renovations to eatery aim to satisfy The Inn crowd

Renovations to eatery aim to satisfy The Inn crowd

Manny Lopez

October 10, 2013


Filed under Encinitas, Food, NORTH COAST TASTE, Rancho Santa Fe

Nestled within the rolling hills and gated mansions of Rancho Santa Fe, Morada – the recently remodeled restaurant at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe – embodies the serenity and quiet beauty of the area’s natural topography. Surrounded by distant mountains and panoramic vistas, the eatery boasts...

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...

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