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Preserved Home: Mexican-style rice recipe recalls fond memories of Fidel’s

Homemade Mexican-style rice can recall fond memories of your favorite hometown Mexican restaurant. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

Laura Woolfrey Macklem

October 19, 2017

It’s possibly nervy thinking I have anything to serve up Southern California’s community in terms of a Mexican rice recipe, but I absolutely do. I might not have an abuela who passed down authentic Mexican recipes, but I grew up in Southern California, and know what good Mexican rice tastes like. The standard for me was set years ago at Carlsbad’s Fidel's Mexican Restaurant. It’s now called Norte, but to some of us, it will always be Fidel’s.

Preserved Home: Make campouts a homey culinary treat

Survivor Stew, a recipe amended from the book “Recipes for Adventure,” allows you to pack a home-cooked meal for a campout. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey-Macklem)

Laura Woolfrey-Macklem

May 23, 2015

It’s been said the best part of camping is the memories. My family loves to camp, but the hassle that goes into getting everything there, and back, is frustrating. Remembering everything from dish soap to salt and pepper is tedious. My husband did make a camp kitchen, which is a box on legs, storing s...

Preserved Home: Today’s hot topic? Creative uses for jalapenos

You can preserve and use jalapeno peppers in several ways, from dried and powdered to candied. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey-Macklem)

Laura Woolfrey-Macklem

February 8, 2015

When you buy produce in bulk, you have to get creative. This is especially true when you buy 17 pounds of something which is used sparingly, such as jalapenos. My husband likes his food ultra-spicy, and I have to stop him from ruining dishes like my homemade chicken pot pie with hot sauce. Spicy heat i...

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