The Weekend Cocktail: Summer Sangria

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Make this sangria with red or white wine.

BY GWEN KENNEALLY This weekend I will be catering a 'friendraiser/thank you event’ for supporters of  El Nido Family Centers. Founded in Los Angeles in 1925,  it was created as a counseling service for girls. Believing that “a child … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: A Toast to Bastille Day

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Here is a cocktail just perfect for summer and to help us celebrate Bastille Day, the French national holiday that commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which took place on 14 July 1789 and marked the beginning of the French … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Recipes for the Perfect Summer Picnic

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY It is that time of year when there are picnics, concerts in the park, beach days and the Hollywood Bowl. Picnics can be as simple as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with fresh fruit and chips — or,  if you hang with a … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Veggie and Cheesy Options for a Fourth of July (or anytime) BBQ

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Cedar-Planked Pecan, Bourbon and Brown Sugar Glazed Brie

BY GWEN KENNEALLY This 4th of July I will be making my usual ribs, salmon, burgers and hot dogs, but I have so many vegetarian and vegan friends that I will also be grilling up some fun veggie dishes. I love to create and eat wonderful … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: Stella’s Campari Orange Spritzer

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campari orange juice

BY GWEN KENNEALLY Earlier this week I was getting a mani/pedi and I got to talking to another client, Stella Angelova, the multi-talented  gymnast and choreographer who is owns her own couture design company. As we were being pampered we started … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Peachy Keen Recipes for Summer

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY I have pie clients doing cartwheels because peaches are in season and I must say that the crop is one of  the best in years! I love the basic old fashioned deep dish pie, as well as  mixing peaches  up with other non … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: Bring Forth the Summer Solstice

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Edible flowers

BY GWEN KENNEALLY This is the time of the rose, blossom and thorn, fragrance and blood. Now on this longest day, light triumphs, and yet begins the decline into the dark. The Sun King embraces the Queen of Summer in the love that is death … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Playing with Food Never Tasted So Good

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY The very best part of my work is playing with  food.  I have a reputation for certain dishes, such as coconut shrimp; vegetarian moon rolls with apricot, raspberry or ginger mustard; caprese skewers with homemade … [Read more...]

This Weekend: Father’s Day Deals, Freebies and Fun Events for All Ages

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BY KAREN YOUNG DAD'S DAY DEALS Need a gift for dad? No Roses Jewelry is offering 20% off on gifts for Dad, including business card holders by Tracy Hall, Silver for Men by Samvel and all cuff links and key fobs.  Just mention My Daily … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Celebrate Fathers Day With A Special BBQ

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY The gift of having an extraordinary male figure in your life is so important and one I wish for all children. I was a daddy’s girl and so is my daughter.  On this day I celebrate all dads, grandpas and dad-like figures. … [Read more...]