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

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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...]

Back to the Kitchen: Homemade Breads and Jams for Gift Giving

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Last week I wrote about making homemade liquers for holiday gifts, so this week I thought I'd write about some more homemade gift ideas that you can prepare ahead of  time.  Although the holidays are a couple months away, … [Read more...]

Two Studio City Dwellers Reveal the Magical World of Meringue in a New Cookbook Perfect for the Holidays

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BY KAREN YOUNG Studio City residents Jennifer Evans Gardner and Linda K. Jackson, co –authors of Meringue, met over homemade meringue at their respective children’s pre-school potluck many years ago. Gardner brought raspberry meringue … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Bring Back a Taste of History with Old-Fashioned Cakes

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BY  GWEN KENNEALLY Everything old is new and trendy these days when it comes to cakes and desserts. I can get really creative with popular current  ingredients, but these old favorites have stood the test of time.  Eighty-year-old JoJo gave me … [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: Have Cupcake Wars At Home

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY When my daughter had her first birthday I made a cascading cupcake table instead of a cake. I simply used chocolate and vanilla cupcakes surrounded by a scattering of kisses, cracker jacks and animal crackers. The kids … [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...]