Back to the Kitchen: The Power of Garlic

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY We have a few culinary sayings around our house. First,  when in doubt add more cheese. Second,  you can never use too much garlic. While many lovers are afraid to use a lot of garlic, it is known for its aphrodisiac … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Tea Party Recipes for Valentine’s Day and Other Occasions

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Who doesn’t love a tea party—especially on Valentine's Day? When I create special events, I enjoy mixing traditions and customizing them to fit the tastes of my clients. Recently, I did a party for someone who loves my ginger … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Kick off the New Year with Italian Cooking Light

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Here we go again, another New Year's and many more resolutions. YUCK! Years ago I gave up on the whole idea of resolutions, way too much pressure. I would rather have some New Years intentions and positive ways to get closer to a … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Get your Grill On!

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY The misty mornings in Los Angeles are known as “June Gloom," but all  I know is it is all the signs of summer and I just want to get my grill on! With graduations and all of the festivities that come with the beginning of the … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Recipe Time for Tea with Scones, Tea Sandwiches, Tea Cakes and more

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY I had a week full of requests for my scone and tea sandwich recipes, so I thought it was time to redo my spring tea recipes. With all the rain that we have been enjoying this winter,  I am really looking forward to welcoming … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: The Magic of the Local and Exotic Blood Orange

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY From a culinary standpoint we know how lucky we are to live in Southern California! I love to eat and shop locally and seasonally.  On my last trip to the farmer’s market I was thrilled to find the vibrant blood orange! It has … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Easy weeknight recipes

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY The kids are back in school, the weather is a bit cooler and we are as busy as ever. Here are some great ways to make several meals from one starter. You can double the Turkey Meatloaf recipe and freeze half in individual loaf pans … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: A Valentine’s Day menu mixed in with romantic tidbits

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY "There is no sincerer love than the love of food." ~ George Bernard Shaw I know a lot of people want to be wined and dined on Valentine's Day, however,  I am not one of them. Aside from the fact that many restaurants are … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: The Bountiful Beet

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY As I walk through the open-air market, far from the abundance of winter fruits, I stumble upon the misfit vegetables. Some winter root vegetables lack the vibrant shade from the skin, but once peeled the beetroot is magnificent … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: A surprising and versatile legume

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY French green, little red, little green, brown and black are some of the more common varieties of lentils, which are legumes that generally have a rich nutty flavor. They are grown in pods, which contain one or two seeds each. There … [Read more...]