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: Give the gift of home baked holiday cake breads

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Gift giving is an amazing time to express love and creativity. With life full and busy these quick breads make excellent holiday gifts. It is a great activity for the family and is an opportunity to spend time together and teach … [Read more...]

Meet/Greet/Bake with Barbara Fairchild and Bon Appétit Desserts

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Bon Appetit Editor-in-Chief Barbara Fairchild wil be at Westfield-Topanga on November 14 for a meet/greet/bake.

BY KAREN YOUNG For all you dessert lovers who like to bake, or those who just like to salivate, Bon Appetit has just released the bible of all dessert cookbooks — Bon Appétit  Desserts: The Cookbook for All Things Sweet and Wonderful. Written … [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...]

Back to the Kitchen: The Bountiful Beet

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY As I walk through the open-air market, far from the abundance of winter fruits, I stumble upon the misfit vegetables. Some winter root vegetables lack the vibrant shade from the skin, but once peeled the beetroot is magnificent … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: A surprising and versatile legume

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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. There … [Read more...]