Back to the Kitchen: Sangria and Tapas for Easy Entertaining

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Here are some easy fall or back to school entertaining recipes. A light cocktail and some tapas or small bites of food are perfect for a tailgate party or just having some friends over.    While on occasion I enjoy traditional … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: An Adventurous Menu for Labor Day

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY It is once again time to put away your white pants and celebrate the end of the summer. The labor unions created Labor Day over 100 years ago. It is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Cooking With Herbs

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY When I moved from my house with a big garden into a townhome,  the thing I missed most was walking outside and clipping the fresh herbs that I needed for a meal.  However, I have do two sunny balconies  in my new place — … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Quick Fun Recipes with Summer Fruit

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY People often ask how I come up with my recipes. It is my greatest joy to create new dishes and play with ingredients. When I work I am required to make certain dishes, but when I entertain friends and family for dinner, I  just … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Have a Summer Luau Party!

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BY  GWEN KENNEALLY Where did the Luau come from and where does Hawaiian food get its influences? Hawaiian chefs are accustomed to mixing and matching a multitude of Polynesian, Eastern and Western flavors. Flawlessly and bravely creating a unique … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Recipes for the Fourth of July

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY It's  the 4th of July. What a great time to celebrate with friends and family. Growing up it meant hot dogs, burgers, boiled corn, and watermelon. These days, there's a twist—it's  time to rely on the freshness of the … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Berry Delicious Recipes for Summer

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY   Wandering around the open-air market is a favorite past time of mine.  I love to cruise through the booths and check out what is fresh and new. Summer is such an amazing time for berries. There are so many different … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Savory Pies for All Occasions

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY In Southern California the weather is just wacky! I got a sunburned chest last weekend talking to a friend outside of a movie theatre and then needed an umbrella this morning to walk my dog! It is a crazy time of year with so … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: For the Love of Basil and Chocolate Cake

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Whenever I am trying to create a simple yet amazingly flavorful meal somehow I always think of basil because it adds so much flavor to just about anything, and it is so aromatic and beautiful looking as well. Basil is often … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Fresh and Healthy Recipes on the Road to Summer

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY I know that Southern California’s winter has been in full force the last week and the thought of bathing suit weather seems far away,  but it's mid March and summer is  just around the corner—and you know what that … [Read more...]