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Preserved Home: Spice up pumpkin with this Alfredo recipe

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

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.

Preserved Home: Use your noggin and create your own eggnog

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

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 found one that was “just right.” The search for a seasonal jug of cheer was difficult, in ...

Preserved Home: Look forward to the holidays by planning ahead

Stuffing for turkey can be made ahead of time as part of a pre-holiday planning strategy. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

Laura Woolfrey Macklem

November 11, 2015

One of the biggest challenges for the holiday host is spending time with guests while still meeting all the expectations of a holiday meal. And certainly, if you have out-of-town company, you aren’t just preparing one big meal, but several in between for your guests. The stress is enough to take the jingle o...

CARLSBAD: Rotary hosts 33rd Oktoberfest Oct. 3

September 24, 2015

CARLSBAD — The Carlsbad Rotary Clubs invite residents to the 33rd Annual Oktoberfest, presented by ViaSat, on Oct. 3 at Holiday Park from noon to 10 p.m. The event includes music, events and food — from the traditional German meal of bratwurst and sausage with potato salad and sauerkraut to grilled...

Cool on the Coast: Plenty of events to fall for in September

Layla Marino

September 17, 2015

Fall is on its way on the North Coast, and with it comes lots of concerts and plays. World-class theater, a new venue spotlight and, of course, the world-class concerts at the Belly Up are on deck in September. Summer isn’t all gone, however, as San Diego’s northern beach towns still have lots of ou...

Preserved Home: Homemade pickled carrots make a tasty treat

Homemade pickled carrots are a way to introduce the vegetable to children. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey-Macklem)

Laura Woolfrey-Macklem

December 16, 2014

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...

ENCINITAS: Fall festival returns Nov. 23

November 21, 2014

ENCINITAS — The Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association presents the 24th Annual Fall Festival on Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In downtown Encinitas. Visitors to the fair, sponsored by Tri-City Medical Center, can drop by more than 450 booths and dozens of downtown Encinitas merchants Fairgoers can also...

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