Back to the Kitchen: Grilling Fruits of the Sea

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Fish is one of my favorite things and grilling is an amazing way to prepare it. Almost every species of commercially available fish can be grilled. Salmon, tuna, halibut and mahi mahi grill especially well; some smaller fish and … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Have a Summer Luau Party!

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BY  GWEN KENNEALLY Where did the Luau come from and where does Hawaiian food get its influences? Hawaiian chefs are accustomed to mixing and matching a multitude of Polynesian, Eastern and Western flavors. Flawlessly and bravely creating a unique … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: Passion Fruit Martini

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY It seems like after the 4th of July we are sneaking into a lovely party weekend. This awesome martini packs a punch but is so yummy delicious! Have a great weekend. Cheers! PASSION FRUIT MARTINI 8 Parts ABSOLUT VODKA 2 … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Recipes for the Fourth of July

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY It's  the 4th of July. What a great time to celebrate with friends and family. Growing up it meant hot dogs, burgers, boiled corn, and watermelon. These days, there's a twist—it's  time to rely on the freshness of the … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: In Memoriam—A Toast And Tribute To Jim Sahin, Cafe Aldente Chef/Owner

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY This week, the heart of Studio City became heavy with the passing of Jim Sahin,  who owned and operated Café Aldente since 1988. I got the privilege of meeting Jim over 10 years ago when he started dating one of my … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Berry Delicious Recipes for Summer

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY   Wandering around the open-air market is a favorite past time of mine.  I love to cruise through the booths and check out what is fresh and new. Summer is such an amazing time for berries. There are so many different … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: The Happy Daddy Martini

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Not another tie? Want to make your dad super happy this Fathers Day? How about getting out your cocktail shaker and making this cocktail that is sure to get the party going? After he is done manning the grill dear old dad will be … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Special Barbecue Recipes for Father’s Day

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY The gift of having an extraordinary male figure in your life is so important and one I wish for all children. I was a daddy’s girl and so is my daughter.  On this day I celebrate all dads, grandpas and dad-like figures. … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Easy Summer Grilling

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY My daughter is out of school and I now have fantasies of the lazy days of summer! Hmmm... not so much! We have kids to schlep to camp, out of town guests, constant events and super busy work schedule. The one great thing is that … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: Celebrate San Francisco With The Golden Gate 75

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Last weekend marked the anniversary of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. My beloved Noni pushed my father in a stroller on opening day 75 years ago! As one of the tallest, longest and most photographed bridges in the … [Read more...]