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Preserved Home: No wonder why one-pot dishes are deliciously easy

Buffalo chicken “risotto” is a tasty one-pot meal that’s easy to make. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

Laura Woolfrey Macklem

March 6, 2018

Today’s busy cook is veering away from just quick, to quick and healthy. It’s my opinion the days of the blue and green dinosaur shaped chicken nugget are coming to an end. People want real food.

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: Inexpensive and versatile, rice is a treat

One way to make rice extra special is to make rice pudding. It doesn’t require precooked rice and can be thrown together in the slow cooker in minutes. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey-Macklem)

Laura Woolfrey-Macklem

January 17, 2014

I’m always looking for tricky ways to save money in the kitchen without compromising taste. One ingredient that’s always a winner is rice. Rice can be used in sweet and savory dishes. It’s a star in Indian, Latin and Asian cuisines, tempering spice and carrying rich sauces. Exotic or everyday,...

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