nibbles and nuts- one day and counting

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Poultry, Sauces and Such, Dinner Party, Posted on June 19, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (2)
While passed hors d’oeuvres are best for a crowd, it’s prudent to have a few bites purposely positioned during cocktail hour. Strategically place a crisp crudités alongside a light herb mayonnaise. And nothing beats a savory nut alongside a creamy olive. The beauty all can be made a day ahead.
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soup’s on- two days and counting

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Soups, Dinner Party, Posted on June 14, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
A super way to transition from cocktails to dinner- pass soup to your guests in small cups. For my party for twenty I’m serving a cold curried zucchini soup. I was going to use pretty decorative paper cups that I could toss away but because so many in attendance will
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in the bag- one week and counting

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Dinner Party, Posted on June 10, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Entering the homestretch for the big party. Time to make sure the glassware is spot-free (an easy task if care was taken washing and storing it the time before). Check to see if any of the silver needs to be polished. Make sure the linens are clean, pressed and ready
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key component- ten days and counting

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Desserts, Dinner Party, Sources, Posted on June 5, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
When entertaining a crowd it's best to get your “bookends” out of the way. Nothing beats an appetizer or dessert that can be safely stashed in the deep freeze. Because these pretty key lime tarts must be frozen, they are the perfect finish to my dinner for twenty. While impressive
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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
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
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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