Back to the Kitchen: Tea Party Recipes for Valentine’s Day and Other Occasions

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Who doesn’t love a tea party—especially on Valentine's Day? When I create special events, I enjoy mixing traditions and customizing them to fit the tastes of my clients. Recently, I did a party for someone who loves my ginger … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: The Cozy Comfort of the Perfect Stew

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY We just enjoyed bit of rain and I'm now hearing that the temperatures will go up.I am not really complaining, but it can be challenging to decide if you want a winter roast or a BBQ. When the weather is a bit cooler, it is a … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: An Irish Coffee Recipe in Honor of San Francisco

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY This Sunday all eyes will be on San Francisco! It is expected to be cold, rainy and very muddy as the 49’s play the New York Giants in the hope of going to the Super Bowl! Since I won’t be in my beautiful city by the bay, I … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: The Magic of the Misunderstood Beet

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Last Sunday, as I walked through the open-air market and perused the abundance of winter fruits, I stumbled upon the misfit — the misunderstood vegetable known as a beet! Winter root vegetables lack the vibrant shade from … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: Blue Hibiscus Infusion

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY The holidays came and went quickly and the first month of the year is half way over.  What better time to honor our bodies and be mindful of our resolutions to be healthier. I love the taste of this hibiscus elixir added to … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Soup’s On!

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Soup has been said to cure all ills.

BY GWEN KENNEALLY Although the weather has been not very cold and more like summer throughout Southern California, I still see friends and family with sniffles and the flu. It hit my daughter Emma last week and I was down for a day this week. … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: Sunshine Citrus Sangria

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Tastes like summer.

BY GWEN KENNEALLY In certain parts of the world the weather might be frightful, but here in sunny Los Angeles it is more like a summer day. While I can’t send you blue skies, we can share this year's amazing crop of citrus. This recipe calls for … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Kick off the New Year with Italian Cooking Light

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Use spaghetti squash instead of pasta.

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: Holiday Martinis for Christmas and Hanukkah

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Cheers to the holidays!

BY GWEN KENNEALLY I just got word that the Holiday Peppermint Martini is Santa’s most favorite cocktail and that the Menorah Martini is a hit with Hanukkah Harry. If you leave these cocktails out with some homemade cookies,  you are sure to get … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Recipes for a Combined Chanukah and Christmas Feast

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY This year is doubly festive as Christmas and Chanukah fall at the same time! It's a lovely opportunity to celebrate — and from a culinary standpoint it is delightful. I invite you to pull recipes from both traditions and create a … [Read more...]