toasting the new year

food detective
Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Posted on January 22, 2015 by Sandy Bergsten
Bravo to Bon Appétit for their excellent January edition. One of the highlights is their spread on savory toasts. While I rarely serve lunch I often offer up hors d'oeuvres. And can’t canapés simply be sandwiches cut into little pieces? Time to dissect my favorite on the page. I am
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love at first bite

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Desserts, Supper, Dinner Party, Sources, Posted on January 10, 2015 by Sandy Bergsten
Falling head over heels doesn’t have to be complicated, especially when you have crazy good ingredients. Here is a truly decadent dessert that is easy as one, two, three. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but I make an exception for Pure Madness peppermint bark. It truly is
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student teacher

food detective
Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Sources, Well Equipped, Posted on December 28, 2014 by Sandy Bergsten
How wonderful when a student teaches you a new trick. One of the fun things about teaching at Dorothy Lane Market’s Culinary Center is when I run into my “students” and they share not only what they enjoyed learning from my class but divulge their own secrets to making a
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girls night out

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Desserts, Cocktail Party, Wine Line, Posted on December 21, 2014 by Sandy Bergsten
What a fun evening at DLM’s Culinary Center. I hosted a Girl’s Night Out cooking class with Dorothy Lane Market’s wine expert Teresa Kearney. The topic was holiday canapés. And the point was to learn how to make an array of nibbles that would impress without any stress. Have to
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bright spot

food detective
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Posted on December 3, 2014 by Sandy Bergsten
It’s been a crazy few weeks. Outpatient surgery, flying out west with my puppy, celebrating my birthday in LA with my wonderful girls, Thanksgiving full house in our desert home, then a puddle jump back across the county to attend a business meeting in New York City. We had dinner
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pick your battles

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Veggies and Sides, Sauces and Such, Supper, Dinner Party, Posted on November 23, 2014 by Sandy Bergsten
When my husband and I are empty nesters for Thanksgiving we have a “poultry-free” meal. It is extravagant and decadent. When our offspring come home to roost for the holiday it is a full out Norman-Rockwell-esque extravaganza. Cooking a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is not my idea of a fun time.
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If it looks like a duck…

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Poultry, Veggies and Sides, Sauces and Such, Supper, Dinner Party, Sources, Posted on November 9, 2014 by Sandy Bergsten
The October issue of Bon Appetit had a feature article on partying like our parents. The take away was that entertaining matters—“that rallying your friends together is essential, that being a generous host is one of the most fulfilling things you can do, and that at the end of the
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center stage

entertaining with style- making it work for you
Categories: Sources, Setting the Stage, Posted on October 26, 2014 by Sandy Bergsten
Every year I tag along on my husband’s business retreat to DC. While he is toiling away in meetings and conferences I’ve perfected the art of perusing the boutiques. I adore Georgetown’s interior design and antique shops. One of my absolute favorites is Frank Milwee’s on M Street. He collects
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seven year itch

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Meat, Grains and Pasta, Veggies and Sides, Dinner for Two, Dinner Party, Sources, Posted on October 12, 2014 by Sandy Bergsten
My hubby and I just celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary. I can’t tell you how fortunate I am to be able to spend my days with such a remarkable person. Years ago I thought a solid marriage filled with unconditional love would be just beyond my reach. But then almost
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dessert in perspective

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Desserts, Eating Out, Posted on September 28, 2014 by Sandy Bergsten
Ok- I am now longer on safari in South Africa but that doesn’t mean one can’t find some sweet inspiration a little closer to home. The other week I took a group of aspiring photographers and art lovers up to the Springfield Art Museum to see the “Ohio Perspective” exhibit.
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