warmest of welcomes- two weeks and counting

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Dinner Party, Posted on May 30, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
There is no better way to give your guests a warm welcome than with a hot canapé. No one needs to know that your toasty little treats have been stowed in your freezer for weeks. What’s better than a cheese puff? Here’s an easy twist on this classic hors d’oeuvre.
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presto pesto- three weeks and counting

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Grains and Pasta, Sauces and Such, Dinner Party, Posted on May 25, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
For a large party once you’ve established the guest list, sketched out the menu, and sent out the invites it’s time to make what you can ahead of time to stow in your freezer. Pesto is an invaluable deep freeze staple. It can be made weeks or months ahead of
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judge this

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Dinner Party, Sources, Well Equipped, Kitchen Tenets, Posted on May 21, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (1)
Tonight I am having twenty over for dinner. And to raise the bar these guests are some of the leading horticulture, flower arranging and photography judges in our country. So not only do I need to have an expert meal for this esteemed group everything inside and outside needs to
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in like a lamb

food detective
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Posted on May 17, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Some of the best things in life are the simplest. This holds true for the tender gentle green- mache. Also known as lamb’s lettuce this tiny dark green leaf from France with it’s nutty flavor is making a big flavor splash here in the United States. Because it is a
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circle that date

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Soups, Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Dinner Party, Well Equipped, Posted on May 10, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Months ago we inquired if friends could come over for dinner. As we scrolled through our collective calendars weeks turned into months, we finally settled on Saturday May 5th. In February when I tapped the event into my iPhone who knew that our date harbored two minor holidays- Cinco de
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don’t let the sunshine fool you

the hostess with the mostest hotel
Categories: Fish and Seafood, Veggies and Sides, Dinner Party, Wine Line, Posted on May 3, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Loaded into the Mercury Grand Marquis, armed with water and sunglasses we headed west to Joshua Tree Park. Past the alien-like windmills of Whitewater and north toward the national park the temperature readout on our dash the size of a park bench dropped with each mile. A quick pit stop
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first night post flight

the hostess with the mostest hotel
Categories: Appetizers, Meat, Grains and Pasta, Desserts, Dinner Party, Posted on May 1, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
The afternoon’s conversations drift from children to jobs and table to lounge chairs. Minted Arnold Palmers give way to Pete’s 22 Ice Cube Margaritas. And if you know my dad, as these girls most certainly do, when he says twenty-two ice cubes he means it. Guac and my food detective’s
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ladies lunch and the cabana boy

the hostess with the mostest hotel
Categories: Poultry, Lunch, Posted on April 28, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Today marks the arrival of my college roommates. Not a typical fan of girls’ night out, and certainly not of its extended version (women being best served with a generous dose of men) this trio is an exceptional exception. My hubby was supposed to be away for business but changed
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say it isn’t soy

the hostess with the mostest hotel
Categories: Grains and Pasta, Supper, Dinner Party, Factoids, Posted on April 26, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
One of our house guests observes a gluten free diet. Being out of the gluten loop I decided to go to the source. The Mayo Clinic defines a gluten-free diet as one that excludes the protein gluten found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye. The prohibited list went
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creating the playbook

the hostess with the mostest hotel
Categories: Dinner Party, Lunch, Breakfast/Brunch, Kitchen Tenets, Posted on April 24, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
One of the wonderful things about having a vacation spot is that people you love want to come stay with you. The challenge is how to enjoy yourself with a houseful of house guests. Almost anyone can act like a short order cook and housekeeper but who wants to visit
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