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Preserved Home: Sweeten the season with the tartness of lemon

Lemons provide a great opportunity for preserving for use in cooking and homemade lemondade. (e_anka, FreeImages)

Laura Woolfrey Macklem

April 19, 2016

I love California’s abundance of citrus. I’ll never forget driving through the back roads of Temecula with the windows down as the fragrance of lemons filled the air. Growing up, my friend Veronica had several orange trees in her Escondido backyard, and it always seemed kind of magical to me.

Preserved Home: Homemade vinegar can be a real mealtime gift

Homemade vinegars can be a flavorful and economical way to brighten salads. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey-Macklem)

Laura Woolfrey-Macklem

September 3, 2015

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 ...

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