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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: An Olive Lesson with Recipes

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY The olive tree is very hardy and can withstand drought, disease and fire, while living to a ripe-old age. That is why for thousands of years the olive branch has been a symbol of peace and goodwill. Olives come in all … [Read more...]

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: For the Love of Artichoke

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY The artichoke is a perennial in the thistle group of the sunflower family and is believed to be a native of the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands. In full growth, the plant spreads to cover an area about six feet in … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: The Magic of Low-Calorie, Low Carb, Good for You Kelp Noodles

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Trade kelp noodles for pasta for a low calorie, low carb healthy choice.

BY GWEN KENNEALLY Okay, maybe this time I have gone too far.  You ask me “Just what the heck are kelp noodles?” They are clear, thin noodles made from kelp, brownish seaweed that is notable for its high iodine content. Kelp noodles have … [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: 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...]