stormy weather

food detective
Categories: Beverages, Cocktail Party, Sources, Posted on October 1, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Just went to a charming wedding in West Chop on Martha’s Vineyard. Everywhere you turned there were the most personable touches. It was the quintessential Nor’easter celebration. Lobster rolls and crab cakes. A killer band under a tent with a remarkable view. A bride as stunningly beautiful and unpretentious as
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lunchbox

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Categories: Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Lunch, Posted on September 24, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Lunch on the go can be a dilemma. On the road options really don’t offer suitable alternatives. We’re faced with a pre-noon departure to kick off a family wedding on the east coast. Time to channel the 4th Earl of Sandwich to concoct a satisfying meal on the fly. Since
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all choked up

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Categories: Fish and Seafood, Grains and Pasta, Veggies and Sides, Dinner Party, Posted on September 17, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Took my baby to the airport. I’m as predictable as Old Faithful. The waterworks starting misting up days ago. My maternal tears can be quite disarming. Pity the person who encountered me on the first day of preschool, the back roads of New Hampshire after I dropped my little ones
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welcome home

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Categories: Salads and Dressings, Grains and Pasta, Supper, Dinner Party, Posted on September 10, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
We all have those meals that conjure up memories of home. It’s usually the first request of one’s first night. I remember being a freshman at the University of Michigan and my dorm mates reminiscing about the first dinner they had when they went home for Thanksgiving break. Meatloaf, spaghetti,
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skaol

food detective
Categories: Appetizers, Fish and Seafood, Cocktail Party, Dinner Party, Lunch, Posted on September 5, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
After an overnight overseas flight we landed in Stockholm, dropped our bags at the Grand Hotel and set off for a tour of the city. Three hours in our energy sank at the Vasamuseet just as the 375 year old war ship had after it tried to set off from
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scandinavian roots

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Categories: Appetizers, Posted on August 26, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Lucky me I’m off to Sweden, Denmark and Norway. For months I’ve been power walking and picking up Pilates so I can be in tiptop dining shape for the trip of a lifetime. I’m looking forward to discovering my Scandinavian roots one bite at a time. While I’m away here’s
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greener pastures

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Categories: Salads and Dressings, Soups, Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Supper, Dinner Party, Posted on August 22, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
With success on the tart front it’s time to round out our lazy august supper. A simple chilled soup is the perfect way to beat the heat and put your guests at ease. All soups should really be made a day in advance to allow the flavors to meld. Doing
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take it for a test drive

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Categories: Soups, Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Supper, Dinner Party, Posted on August 17, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
French fare. While it all looks so easy, tarts can be (pardon my French) a bit of a bitch to make. Most of you know I am not the best of bakers. On my mom’s recent visit she was shocked at the state of my petite fudge cakes. These diminutive
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lighten up

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Categories: Salads and Dressings, Fish and Seafood, Sauces and Such, Supper, Dinner Party, Posted on August 12, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Move over Maryland. Here is a crab cake that is substantial on the jumbo lump and light on the filler. A perfect summer main following a refreshing chilled soup. This runner-up is a breeze to bring to the table because the cakes must be formed and chilled hours in advance.
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in the pink

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Categories: Soups, Dinner Party, Wine Line, Posted on August 7, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Having a business associate over for a midweek dinner. Time to keep it light, fresh and fast. Summer suppers stir up images of chilled soup and garden-fresh greens. How about a flash from the past- chilled borscht coupled with airy crab cakes? Here is a beet soup that has stood
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