Back to the Kitchen: Veggie and Cheesy Options for a Fourth of July (or anytime) BBQ

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY This 4th of July I will be making my usual ribs, salmon, burgers and hot dogs, but I have so many vegetarian and vegan friends that I will also be grilling up some fun veggie dishes. I love to create and eat wonderful … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: Celebrate Fathers Day With A Special BBQ

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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: Celebrate Earth Day All Year With “Green” Recipes

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY   Earth Day, which was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson on April 22, 1970, was first organized  to promote ecology and respect for life on the planet, as well as to encourage awareness of the growing problems of air, … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: An Olive Lesson with Recipes

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY The olive tree is very hardy and can withstand drought, disease and fire, while living to a ripe-old age. That is why for thousands of years the olive branch has been a symbol of peace and goodwill. Olives come in all … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: For the Love of Artichoke

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY The artichoke is a perennial in the thistle group of the sunflower family and is believed to be a native of the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands. In full growth, the plant spreads to cover an area about six feet in … [Read more...]

Back to the Kitchen: The Magic of Fennel

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY I found the most amazing fennel this weekend at the open-air market. With its umbels of tiny yellow flowers and dark green or bronze wispy leaves and subtle hint of licorice flavor, fennel is one of my most favorite vegetables. … [Read more...]

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

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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 the … [Read more...]

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

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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 fully … [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 that … [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, ripped … [Read more...]