Back to the Kitchen: Zucchini loopalooza

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY I am part of a team of parents who have tended to the garden at my daughter's school over the summer. I got this message from our master gardener: "The garden looks beautiful.  Please be sure to look for any produce that is ready … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: The Importance of Cheese

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY There is a saying in my kitchen "when in doubt add more cheese." I love to cook with cheese as it adds so much depth of flavor. Who would have thought that an appliance mogul would be responsible for one of the greatest American … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: Summer Watermelon Cocktail

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY I have such playful childhood summer memories involving watermelon. My dad cooling down in the Russian River, while  all of my siblings and I would secretly shoot seeds at one another with the red juice pouring down our faces! Now … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Summer Grilled Vegetables & lighter fare

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY It seems that as much of a foodie that I am I just can't work up an appetite in this summer heat. Sometimes when the sun goes down I just want to grab some wine cheese and crusty bread.  Hummus and roasted garlic are also nice to … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Herb Extravaganza!

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY I have the perfect spot to grow container herbs right outside my kitchen door. All you need is a big container, seeds or starter packs, potting soil, water and about four to six  hours direct sunlight. I have a few 13-inch clay … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: A Cuban Mojito kick

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY The citrus mint flavor of the Cuban classic cocktail, the Mojito, originates from La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana. Lore has it that Ernest Hemingway spent many hours sipping this sweet and slightly sour summer drink. Take the … [Read more...]

Summer fruit recipes for picnic or BBQ

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY One of my most enjoyable summer pastimes is wondering aimlessly through the open- air market. I sometimes get a little over enthusiastic with the beauty and abundance of the season's fruit that by the end of the day I have bags … [Read more...]

Recipes for a perfect 4th of July

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Grilled Corn with Chili Lime Butter 8 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, softened 1/2-teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon grated lime peel 4 teaspoons fresh limejuice 1/2 teaspoon jalapeño, minced (or to taste) 8 ears corn on the cob … [Read more...]