Food Find: Fruigees Turns Organic Fruit and Veggies Into a Tasty Pudding

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BY CARINA WALKER Step aside broccoli smothered in cheese, tricking kids  (and some adults) into eating vegetables has just gotten a whole lot more fun, tastier and healthier. Fruigees, an all-natural pudding snack, packed with organic fruits … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: The Sweet and Romantic Strawberry

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY   It is the start of strawberry season and the open-air market is overflowing with these juicy berries. The mix of tart and sweet are at theie glorious and abundant best this time of year. I catered a fundraiser last … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: Say Cheers to Chocolate Chips

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Over the years I have made thousands of chocolate chip cookies so I honor National Chocolate Chip Day in a very special way! Here are a few grown up ways to enjoy a childhood favorite treat! Cheers!  Chocolate Chip … [Read more...]

A Restaurant Worth the Drive: Fig & Olive on Melrose Place for a Taste of the Mediterranean

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BY KAREN YOUNG One of my favorite go-to restaurants "over-the-hill" is Fig & Olive  in West Hollywood. I first enjoyed the restaurant in New York (where there are three locations), so when it opened here  nearly 2 1/2 years ago  I was … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Really Big Salad Recipes for a Crowd (and some fundraising ideas)

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Recipes for a crowd

BY GWEN KENNEALLY It is that time of year again — school fundraisers and end-of-the -year potlucks. Event locations like football fields play yards and parking lots can often create logistical nightmares.  I have rented equipment and built … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: New Restaurants, Food News and More in the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG   The Local Peasant just opened its second location in Woodland Hills in the space that formerly housed Casa De Carlos.   It's  very similar to the original location in Sherman Oaks except they feature 27 craft tap … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: Three Cheers to Mom

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Here is a trio of Mother’s Day Cocktail Pitcher recipes to round out your brunch party. (These recipes serve 6-8)   The tea recipe can be made without the limoncello and gin for a tasty and refreshing non-alcoholic beverage. … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Recipes for a Mother’s Day Brunch at Home

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY “A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” - Tenneva Jordan "We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Dining, Dessert and Tea in the San Fernando Valley 2013

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BY KAREN YOUNG Celebrate mom or the mom-like person in your life at one of these restaurants and bakeries preparing special Mother's Day offers and menus. MOTHER'S DAY TEAS     SWEET BUTTER KITCHEN This Sherman Oaks … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: Celebrating in Margaritaville

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY For those with Mexican heritage, Cinco de Mayo is a holiday celebrating their country's victory over France during the Battle of Puebla in 1862, but for the rest of us in Southern California it's just a great excuse to throw … [Read more...]