Back to the Kitchen: Thanksgiving Part 2—Sweet and Savory Tips and Tricks to Personalize Your Menu

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and the kick off to the most magical time of the year. We all typically prepare recipes handed down from generations (mom’s turkey, grandma’s potatoes) or invite something new, … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Thanksgiving Part I — Traditional Recipes

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY I  just spoke with a girlfriend who said she won't start to panic about Thanksgiving  until next week!  She joked the thought made her happy because in the past she had been in a state of panic for a month.  Actually, there … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: ‘Tis the Season for Pumpkins

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It's pumpkin season...

BY GWEN KENNEALLY Although it's still warm today in Southern California, the varieties of fall pumpkins available in the market are outrageous! A pumpkin is a squash fruit that grows as a gourd from a trailing vine.  I love to mix them up … [Read more...]

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

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Spooky Eats!

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: Lentils You Can Do Every Which Way

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Lentils can be made every which way.

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. … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Fall Fish With Eight Kinds of Pesto

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BY  GWEN KENNEALLY We just celebrated the last weekend of the summer, but as usual,  Southern California  is still pretty hot. Most publications are talking of roasting and stews, but we just have to stay lighter in L.A.! This week I give you a … [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: Grilling Fruits of the Sea

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Fish is one of my favorite things and grilling is an amazing way to prepare it. Almost every species of commercially available fish can be grilled. Salmon, tuna, halibut and mahi mahi grill especially well; some smaller fish and … [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...]