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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pinch me

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Categories: Soups, Fish and Seafood, Veggies and Sides, Dinner Party, Factoids, Posted on August 2, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
With my parents in for the weekend I thought it would be fun to serve several small courses for dinner. I also wanted to wow them with a showstopper. In Dayton Foremost Seafood has the most incredible soft shell crabs. You need to call ahead to see if they’re available
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best laid plans

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Categories: Soups, Dinner Party, Posted on July 29, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
My folks arrive in minutes and of course I had a plan in place. Little did I know that Mother Nature had plans of her own. Yesterday at 3:32 PM after trying to outrun a monster thunderstorm I pulled into the garage when bang the lights went out just as
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craving query

food detective
Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Posted on July 26, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (1)
Ever wonder how they made that? Here’s a game I often play with myself. Break down the essential components of a memorable bite. Piece. By. Piece. Recently I was invited to a progressive dinner party where we were transported from house to house in the back of an enormous pickup
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the skinny on supper

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Categories: Salads and Dressings, Fish and Seafood, Poultry, Supper, Dinner Party, Sources, Posted on July 20, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Pulling a Friday night party together in a flash. With temps literally off the chart who wants to greet their guests with a blast from the kitchen? Not only is this dinner prepped entirely ahead of time; the grilling is done before the first guests arrive. This light, fresh and
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