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: 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 traditional … [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 mozzarella; … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: For the Love of Chocolate

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Oh chocolate — my true love! How many nights it has been just you and I?  The evening ends with me beating myself up after hours at the gym and then the sun goes down and I just can’t resist you!  Who knew we were doing … [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...]

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 to … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Recipes for the Best Tea Party Ever

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY I can always tell when it is Spring because of the many inquiries I receive about afternoon teas for bridal and baby showers, birthday parties and girls reunions. I am also bombarded with requests for tea recipes. I can’t … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Celebrate Earth Day All Year With “Green” Recipes

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY   Earth Day, which was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson on April 22, 1970, was first organized  to promote ecology and respect for life on the planet, as well as to encourage awareness of the growing problems of air, … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: The Surprise of Cooking with Garlic

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY I was interviewed by The Food Network a few years ago and asked what food most resembles my personality. I had to say garlic — peel the many layers to reveal the heat. It has many flavors —  from spicy when raw and sweet to … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: A Dozen Leftover Egg Recipes

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY While exploring the history of the symbol of the Easter egg I also realized that it is represented in many other faiths. Eggs, in general, were a traditional symbol of fertility, and rebirth, pre-dating Christian traditions. The … [Read more...]