Trail Mix Is Personal, so Concoct Your Own Batch of Nuts, Fruits

By Caroline Dipping San Diego County is home to 18 state parks and beaches, not to mention dozens of city- and county-run outdoor venues. If the call of the wild (or suburban trail) beckons you this summer, you’re going to need a supply of quick fuel. Trail mix has long fit the nutritional bill for… Continue Reading Trail Mix Is Personal, so Concoct Your Own Batch of Nuts, Fruits

Mission: Feed the Fussy

By Nina Garin “Ew, yucky.” Anytime I serve my preschool-aged daughters a lovely, home-cooked meal — whether it’s a fancy vegetable dish or mini cheeseburgers — that’s what they say. Not exactly the most encouraging words for anyone to hear, let alone someone as new to the kitchen as I am. I may be a… Continue Reading Mission: Feed the Fussy

Tasters’ Choice: Profiles of Noteworthy Products

ATTENTION COOKING CORNER EDITORS: THERE IS NO PHOTO ACCOMPANYING THIS WEEK’S COLUMN. THANK YOU. — CREATORS SYNDICATE By Caroline Dipping For Father’s Day, how about giving Dad a belt? A belt of cake, that is. Sean Allen is the bartender/baker behind Cake Buzz, a Los Angeles cakery that makes pound cakes based on cocktails. From… Continue Reading Tasters’ Choice: Profiles of Noteworthy Products

Salute to Salsa

By Caroline Dipping Chunky or smooth. Roasted or raw. Mouthwatering or mouth-searing. A bowl of salsa on a family table in Mexico is an essential part of the meal. It is spooned onto everything from breakfast eggs to dinner’s grilled steak, but as a dip for tortilla chips? Never. Walk into just about any Mexican… Continue Reading Salute to Salsa