The Weekend Cocktail: Chocolate Ice Cream Martini

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY June is a fun month of fabulous foodie celebration days. Today just happens to be National Chocolate Ice Cream Day! What a great excuse to create a fun grown up version of a classic chocolate shake! You can add a little whipped … [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 just 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 … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: The Sweet and Romantic Strawberry

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY   It is the start of strawberry season and the open-air market is overflowing with these juicy berries. The mix of tart and sweet are at theie glorious and abundant best this time of year. I catered a fundraiser last … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Really Big Salad Recipes for a Crowd (and some fundraising ideas)

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY It is that time of year again — school fundraisers and end-of-the -year potlucks. Event locations like football fields play yards and parking lots can often create logistical nightmares.  I have rented equipment and built … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Recipes for a Mother’s Day Brunch at Home

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY “A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” - Tenneva Jordan "We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: Celebrating in Margaritaville

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY For those with Mexican heritage, Cinco de Mayo is a holiday celebrating their country's victory over France during the Battle of Puebla in 1862, but for the rest of us in Southern California it's just a great excuse to throw … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Recipes for the Best Tea Party Ever

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY I can always tell when it is Spring because of the many inquiries I receive about afternoon teas for bridal and baby showers, birthday parties and girls reunions. I am also bombarded with requests for tea recipes. I … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Celebrate Earth Day All Year With “Green” Recipes

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY   Earth Day, which was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson on April 22, 1970, was first organized  to promote ecology and respect for life on the planet, as well as to encourage awareness of the growing problems of … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: The Mid-Summer Nights Dream

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 BY GWEN KENNEALLY "Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind". William Shakespeare  If music be the food of love —play on—and make sure you have a cocktail in hand to celebrate … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: The Surprise of Cooking with Garlic

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY I was interviewed by The Food Network a few years ago and asked what food most resembles my personality. I had to say garlic — peel the many layers to reveal the heat. It has many flavors —  from spicy when raw and sweet … [Read more...]