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From field to the table, Laura McIntosh follows the food

Laura McIntosh’s love for food and farming goes beyond her TV show, “Bringing it Home.”

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Posted: Friday, May 6, 2011 8:39 am

Whether she is showing you the farm where your food was grown or what to do with it once it’s in your kitchen, Laura McIntosh is dedicated to food, its roots, its growers and all of its possibilities.

On her show, “Bringing it Home,” McIntosh takes her viewers through the food process in the Central Valley and beyond.

A Morada resident and Linden native from a fifth generation farming family, McIntosh introduce viewers to farmers and their practices, as well as chefs who share practical recipes on camera.

In the name of good, educational entertainment, she’s waded through cranberry bogs in Boston, cooked with a chef on the beach in Costa Rica and made brats at a tailgate party. She recently judged tapas in Spain and joined Frito Lay as they promoted healthy eating in New York, where her live broadcasts were shown on giant screens around Times Square.

But her love for food is more than just a TV show.

It’s her life. 

On a normal day at home, Laura will spend time in her kitchen, creating new recipes and baking sweet treats. Chicken stock simmers on the stove, aromatic with roughly cut onions, whole garlic cloves and carrots — the “cave man” cut, she says. She’ll wander through her yard, collecting eggs from chickens who roam beside her large, burly dogs. Lately, McIntosh has been working in her garden, planting tomatoes, peppers and herbs in time for a summer harvest. That’s when she’s not traveling for “Bringing it Home.”

The goal of her show — and her life — is to bring people back to the table for dinner. McIntosh says she and her husband, Tim, and their two teenage daughters Julianna and Lucianna, sit down to eat together, whether they crowd around the stove or lounge on the patio with a view of a crystal blue swimming pool.

McIntosh feels lucky to be from a region rich with constant growth.

“Something grows in California 365 days a year ... we really are blessed out here,” she said.

Daniel Moznett, McIntosh’s brother and executive producer of the show, says there is always food coming out of McIntosh’s kitchen.

“There’s food all the time, whether it be Sunday dinners or just cooking something (new),” he said.

In its seventh season on the air, “Bringing it Home” and M Entertainment in Lodi was created by McIntosh and Moznett in  2001. The company erupted from short recipe bits done at a news station during weather segments. Viewers liked the recipes, and Moznett knew they had something, especially since McIntosh had theater experience and a lively personality.

Now, the company is sponsored by SaveMart Supermarkets, and is growing as McIntosh finds more ways to inspire others to get back to eating locally and at home. 

She is creating her own food line of soups that will be available fresh in the deli. One will be a tomato soup with Golden Bear Ranches tomatoes; the leftovers can be cooked down to make pizza sauce. 

But filming is the main goal, because she enjoys it so much. Later this year, “Bringing it Home” will film from Thailand, where McIntosh plans to show locals how to make authentic Thai dishes. 

“I want to help people explore the world without having to dig into their own pockets,” she said.

The show will travel when there is something that can’t be found locally, like Italian pine nuts. But the season will be packed with California-area shows featuring chefs and farmers and all of their food-related tips.

Michael Tuohy, executive chef at Sacramento’s Grange Restaurant appeared on “Bringing it Home” last year. He was a fan of the show, and hopes to work with McIntosh again because she is so interested in food.

“She is super enthusiastic and obviously passionate about what she does,” he said.

Contact Lodi Living editor Lauren Nelson at laurenn@lodinews.com.

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