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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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: Homemade Breads and Jams for Gift Giving

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Last week I wrote about making homemade liquers for holiday gifts, so this week I thought I'd write about some more homemade gift ideas that you can prepare ahead of  time.  Although the holidays are a couple months away, … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Get a Jumpstart Making Homemade Gifts Early This Year

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Yes, I am serious.  Despite the fact that it's fall and over 100 degrees! I love the bountiful autumn harvest, but frankly it is just too darn hot! But the weather does not affect shopping inventory. I was at Costco last … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: A Taste of San Francisco

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Growing up in the San Francisco Bay area it was a real treat to go into the city for meals. From North Beach to Fisherman’s Wharf to Ghirardelli Square I could happily eat my way across town! When I am not able to get there … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Bring Back a Taste of History with Old-Fashioned Cakes

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BY  GWEN KENNEALLY Everything old is new and trendy these days when it comes to cakes and desserts. I can get really creative with popular current  ingredients, but these old favorites have stood the test of time.  Eighty-year-old JoJo gave me … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Cooking With Herbs

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY When I moved from my house with a big garden into a townhome,  the thing I missed most was walking outside and clipping the fresh herbs that I needed for a meal.  However, I have do two sunny balconies  in my new place — … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Quick Fun Recipes with Summer Fruit

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY People often ask how I come up with my recipes. It is my greatest joy to create new dishes and play with ingredients. When I work I am required to make certain dishes, but when I entertain friends and family for dinner, I  just … [Read more...]