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

Old-fashioned homemeade chicken and dumplings. (Photo by 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.

Chicken ‘parade’ has San Marcos on the hunt

This chicken sculpture, pictured Aug. 15 at Old California Coffeehouse and Eatery in San Marcos, is part of the community’s Chicken Parade event running through Sept. 30. (North Coast Current photo)
August 15, 2014

Why do the chickens in North County cross the road? Because they’re in the San Marcos Chicken Parade. But these fowl don’t move, they actually get the residents in the area to crisscross the city’s...

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