Back to the Kitchen: The Magic of Low-Calorie, Low Carb, Good for You Kelp Noodles

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Trade kelp noodles for pasta for a low calorie, low carb healthy choice.

BY GWEN KENNEALLY Okay, maybe this time I have gone too far.  You ask me “Just what the heck are kelp noodles?” They are clear, thin noodles made from kelp, brownish seaweed that is notable for its high iodine content. Kelp noodles have … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Pistachios Star in Appetizers, Salads, Entrees and Desserts

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY   It was always such a treat to go to my grandmother’s house and raid her crystal nut bowl of pistachios. It sometimes seemed like a lot of work, but it was worth the trouble. Pistachios are the star of Middle … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Brussels Sprouts — The Now Trend and Everyone’s New Best Friend

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Brussels sprouts in a cake? Read on!

BY  GWEN KENNEALLY This past holiday season the surprising star of my events was brussels sprouts! Between Chanukah, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years parties ,I’ll bet I served thousands! Roasted, grilled, sautéed, shaved in a salad, … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Tips and Tricks for Hosting a New Years Eve Cocktail Party

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY The cocktail parties that we throw are not like our mother’s (remember that somewhat goofy food?); instead we have  a cornucopia of amazing small plate taste treats. Plus, you can have a grand assortment to accommodate all … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: A Holiday Menu Perfect for a Tree Trimming Party

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Eat, Drink, Be Merry — and trim a tree!

BY GWEN KENNEALLY There are many great reasons to throw a party with friends and family this time of year. In order to make entertaining easier, it's best to prepare a menu to make ahead of time so you make a spectacular presentation and … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Recipes to Ignite Your Palate During the Festival of Lights

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Living in Los Angeles is nothing short of an awesome culinary adventure. We get to peek into the windows of so many cultures!  I grew up in a small town where there was only one Jewish family.   It was not until I moved here … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Thanksgiving Part 2—Sweet and Savory Tips and Tricks to Personalize Your Menu

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and the kick off to the most magical time of the year. We all typically prepare recipes handed down from generations (mom’s turkey, grandma’s potatoes) or invite something new, … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Thanksgiving Part I — Traditional Recipes

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY I  just spoke with a girlfriend who said she won't start to panic about Thanksgiving  until next week!  She joked the thought made her happy because in the past she had been in a state of panic for a month.  Actually, there … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Spooky Eats for a Halloween (or Fall) Feast

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Spooky Eats!

BY GWEN KENNEALLY Spooky, creepy and dark…it is that time once again.  I know that Halloween is really a kid’s holiday, but I am a firm believer that there should be a nice mixture of food and beverages for the adults as well. For the kids, … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Lentils You Can Do Every Which Way

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Lentils can be made every which way.

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. … [Read more...]