Back to the Kitchen: A St. Patrick’s Day Celebration for Everyone

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Before Saint Patrick’s Day became a secular celebration of Irish Culture, it was a religious holiday that honored the most commonly recognized of the Patron Saints of Ireland. Due to food and alcohol restrictions because … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Recipes for a Touchdown Super Bowl Party

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Faidley's World Famous Crab Cakes

BY GWEN KENNEALLY Next Sunday all sports enthusiasts will be watching the Super Bowl and foodies will be making thousands of wings, tons of nachos, sliders by the dozen and pounds of pizza. You can impress your friends by making some traditional … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Pistachios Star in Appetizers, Salads, Entrees and Desserts

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY   It was always such a treat to go to my grandmother’s house and raid her crystal nut bowl of pistachios. It sometimes seemed like a lot of work, but it was worth the trouble. Pistachios are the star of Middle … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Tips and Tricks for Hosting a New Years Eve Cocktail Party

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY The cocktail parties that we throw are not like our mother’s (remember that somewhat goofy food?); instead we have  a cornucopia of amazing small plate taste treats. Plus, you can have a grand assortment to accommodate all … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: A Holiday Menu Perfect for a Tree Trimming Party

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Eat, Drink, Be Merry — and trim a tree!

BY GWEN KENNEALLY There are many great reasons to throw a party with friends and family this time of year. In order to make entertaining easier, it's best to prepare a menu to make ahead of time so you make a spectacular presentation and … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Recipes to Ignite Your Palate During the Festival of Lights

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Living in Los Angeles is nothing short of an awesome culinary adventure. We get to peek into the windows of so many cultures!  I grew up in a small town where there was only one Jewish family.   It was not until I moved here … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Thanksgiving Part 2—Sweet and Savory Tips and Tricks to Personalize Your Menu

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and the kick off to the most magical time of the year. We all typically prepare recipes handed down from generations (mom’s turkey, grandma’s potatoes) or invite something new, … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Thanksgiving Part I — Traditional Recipes

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY I  just spoke with a girlfriend who said she won't start to panic about Thanksgiving  until next week!  She joked the thought made her happy because in the past she had been in a state of panic for a month.  Actually, there … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: ‘Tis the Season for Pumpkins

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It's pumpkin season...

BY GWEN KENNEALLY Although it's still warm today in Southern California, the varieties of fall pumpkins available in the market are outrageous! A pumpkin is a squash fruit that grows as a gourd from a trailing vine.  I love to mix them up … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Spooky Eats for a Halloween (or Fall) Feast

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Spooky Eats!

BY GWEN KENNEALLY Spooky, creepy and dark…it is that time once again.  I know that Halloween is really a kid’s holiday, but I am a firm believer that there should be a nice mixture of food and beverages for the adults as well. For the kids, … [Read more...]