Back to the Kitchen: For the Love of Basil and Chocolate Cake

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Whenever I am trying to create a simple yet amazingly flavorful meal somehow I always think of basil because it adds so much flavor to just about anything, and it is so aromatic and beautiful looking as well. Basil is often … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Fresh and Healthy Recipes on the Road to Summer

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY I know that Southern California’s winter has been in full force the last week and the thought of bathing suit weather seems far away,  but it's mid March and summer is  just around the corner—and you know what that … [Read more...]

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: 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: Fire Up the Grill!

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY It is the beginning of March and last week we had snow in places that are warm and sunny all year long. The first week of spring has been perfect outdoor dining weather, so I am firing up the grill! In my opinion anything is … [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...]