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: Wake Up to a Quick and Healthy Breakfast

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Hello 2013!  2012 certainly had its moments of greatness. My daughter is thriving at her new school, my first book was published, I spent a lot of time creating recipes, cooking for old friends and family and made some awesome … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Sprinkles Mail Order Ice Cream, Sushi Gift, Starbucks Evening, Pizza Rev Gift Deal, Brats Brothers Expands and Closings/Openings

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  BY KAREN YOUNG How's this for a sweet gift treat? There's many delicious food items you can deliver for the holidays — cookies, cupcakes, wine, cheese, candy, fruit, even Chicago Pizza and steak— but did you ever think that ice … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: New Restaurants, Sushi Party Platters, Henry’s Tacos, Loteria Grill and Gift Card Deals

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BY KAREN YOUNG Sushi Don in North Hollywood  (a fast casual offshoot of Sasabune in West L.A.) has one amazing daily deal on party platters through December 31. Mix and match any  four party platters for $100.  There are two kinds of platters: … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Who’s Got Their Hands in the Cookie Jar?

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY As many of you know, this time of year is my favorite for baking. I love to bake lots of cookies and find new and creative ways to make gifts for friends and family. And of course, I receive tons of requests for holiday cookie … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Take Home Thanksgiving Meals and Giving Back Events with Top Chefs and More

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BY KAREN YOUNG Get your Thanksgiving 'home for the holidays'  orders in  by  November 18 at MDF fave Sweet Butter Kitchen in Sherman Oaks. Check out Diestel Free-Range Roasted Turkey Breast, Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Pecan Streusel, … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Dining Guide 2012: Special Menus Across the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG If it's last minute and you're still figuring out what to do on Thanksgiving, you may want to consider a restaurant destination. We all have visions of that  perfect Thanksgiving in a house full of family and friends, but every … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: ‘Tis the Season for Pumpkins

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It's pumpkin season...

BY GWEN KENNEALLY Although it's still warm today in Southern California, the varieties of fall pumpkins available in the market are outrageous! A pumpkin is a squash fruit that grows as a gourd from a trailing vine.  I love to mix them up … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Restaurant News in the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG   Harvest Moon Kitchen and Marketplace soft opened last week on Magnolia just east of Whitsett in Valley Village, but will be having its grand opening this Saturday, November 4 with lots of free samples.  This is the … [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...]