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Homemade corned beef ready to cook. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

Preserved Home: Homemade corned beef, flavored to your liking

Laura Woolfrey Macklem March 11, 2021
Not only is homemade corned beef frugal, but you can cater the brine to match your tastes, and the quality is superior to anything found in the grocery store. Also, it’s fun to make.
Start with fresh cherries. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

Preserved Home: Cherries your valentines will love

Laura Woolfrey Macklem February 5, 2021
Out of all the fruit I’ve dehydrated, cherries are now my favorite. Chocolate-covered or not, cherries come out on top.
Oats. (Photo by Anshu A, Unsplash)

Preserved Home: Prepare your own oats for a healthy new year trend

Laura Woolfrey Macklem January 1, 2021
When people think of oatmeal, they think of a drab breakfast offering. But with some creativity, oats can be an exciting addition to your mornings — a healthy new trend of your own.
Pumpkins. (Photo by Freddie Collins, Unsplash)

Preserved Home: Cut the can and promote real pumpkin pie

Laura Woolfrey Macklem November 24, 2020
Pumpkin pie is a must-have for Americans around the holidays. In fact, an estimated 50 million pumpkin pies are consumed every year at Thanksgiving. But what if I told you that’s not real pumpkin pie you’re eating?
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.
Dehydrate your own apples in dices, slices and rings. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

Preserved Home: Julian memories cook up apple inspirations

Laura Woolfrey Macklem October 7, 2020
One of my favorite childhood memories is traveling up the mountain to Julian, and eating pie at the Julian Pie Company. When I smell apple pie, it always takes me back to that cozy pie shop. Now, I also make my house cozy as I put up apples in all forms, not just pie. And my house, well when September hits and I’m preserving an apple bounty, it smells like Julian to me.
Strawberry scraps can be used to make fermented vinegar. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

Preserved Home: A pitch for using pits and scraps

Laura Woolfrey Macklem August 6, 2020
Grocery prices are climbing, so turn scraps into savings while adding interesting and healthy items to your pantry.
GOODONYA restaurant in Encinitas reopened July 3 after a pause in business because an employee tested positive for COVID-19. Upon reopening, the eatery opted to discontinue dine-in service ahead of a county order. (GOODONYA photo via its Facebook page)

Eatery tries to stem ‘great Encinitas mask debate’ amid pandemic

Julia Shapero July 8, 2020
Mask requirements put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic have led to backlash from customers at some local businesses.
Medical. (Photo by Hush Naidoo, Unsplash)

San Diego County under tighter limits as COVID-19 cases increase

North Coast Current July 6, 2020
San Diego County faces tightened restrictions for the next few weeks as COVID-19 cases increase in the region, according to a public health order that goes into effect Tuesday, July 7.

Preserved Home: The meat of the matter — canning is an economical, tasty option

Laura Woolfrey Macklem June 3, 2020
Prices are going up on groceries, and with all this talk about a possible meat shortage, people are starting to feel concerned. But what if instead of being worried, you turned stocking up into a delicious, creative adventure — a chance to learn new things while stashing away homemade convenience foods by canning? There is joy in this journey.
Helping hands. (Photo by Branimir Balogovic, Unsplash)

Nonprofit helps feed families in Solana Beach during crisis

North Coast Current April 17, 2020
About 65 families received free boxes of food in Solana Beach on Wednesday, April 15, thanks to an effort by La Colonia de Eden Gardens Inc.

Leucadia residents give $500 checks to store’s workers

North Coast Current April 17, 2020
Two Leucadia residents gave $500 “thank you” checks to employees of Just Peachy Market on Wednesday, April 15, amid the challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus crisis.
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