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...]

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 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 something … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: A Mother’s Day Brunch with Waffles and More

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY "We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs." -Julia Ward Howe, Mother’s Day, 1819 Being a mother is by far the most rewarding thing I have ever … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Savory Pies for All Occasions

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY In Southern California the weather is just wacky! I got a sunburned chest last weekend talking to a friend outside of a movie theatre and then needed an umbrella this morning to walk my dog! It is a crazy time of year with so … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Quinoa Recipes from Breakfast to Dessert

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Quinoa is a delicately flavored grain that was a staple in the ancient Inca diet. One of the world's true super foods, quinoa is a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids. Quinoa is also a great source of … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: A Feast of St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Aside from green beer and young children making traps to catch Liam, the naughty leprechaun that wreaks havoc in kids rooms and classrooms, Saint Patrick’s Day in most Irish/American households is all about the meal. Corned … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Celebrate Mardi Gras

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Today I celebrate my beautiful baby’s 16th birthday. It was Fat Tuesday in 1996 a couple of weeks past my “due date” and I had feasted on red beans and rice with cornbread and homemade French beignets. Feeling very full and … [Read more...]

Back To the Kitchen: Sweet and Savory Recipes for Romance and Friendship

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY When we think of traditional Valentine’s Day foods (or just for romance any day of the year), most of us  think of…chocolate! Don’t get me wrong I am a total fan of all things cocoa, but I think we can be a bit more … [Read more...]