healthy start

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Categories: Appetizers, Sauces and Such, Cocktail Party, Well Equipped, Posted on January 7, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
New year, new resolutions. Who doesn’t have lightening up on their docket? The trick to making it stick is to load up on flavor and texture. Santa brought my girls a slow extraction juicer. We’ve been whirling and pulverizing spinach, kale, turnips, carrots and the like. It certainly tastes healthy-
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roll the dice

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Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Posted on December 31, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Santa thought my hubby could use diversion so he brought him a backgammon board down our desert chimney. While my husband didn’t seem overly amused with the prospects the big guy in red was confident he’d be up to the challenge. And as luck would have it the hostess from
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night before christmas

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Fish and Seafood, Poultry, Grains and Pasta, Veggies and Sides, Desserts, Dinner Party, Sources, Posted on December 24, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
As for many with adult children our holidays are looking more like a sprawl. This year we must divide and conquer. All this entertaining demands that memorable meals come together with a minimum of last minute effort. For selfishly I want to be with those I love, not tied to
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twinkle twinkle

what to bring
Categories: Appetizers, Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Cocktail Party, Posted on December 17, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Some nights are sure to sparkle and last weekend my husband and I were fortunate to be included in such an evening. Our host and hostess had coolers of oysters shipped in and as these pearly beauties lay open in their newly shucked half shells flights of champagne were passed
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sweet treat

what to bring
Categories: Sauces and Such, Desserts, Posted on December 9, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Tis the season to share with those you care. And what better way than with a homemade token of your appreciation? I find sweets are best delivered in small packages. Here is a rich indulgence that’s guaranteed to delight, super dark and slightly salty. The best thing- you can whip
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let the games begin

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Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Eating Out, Posted on December 3, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (1)
Good friends invited us over for “game night”. I squashed my inner reluctance, being a party game novice, and said we’d love to. When my husband asked what were doing Friday night he was thrilled with where we were going but baulked at the evening’s scheduled activities. I tried to
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all the trimmings

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Categories: Veggies and Sides, Desserts, Supper, Dinner Party, Posted on November 26, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (1)
Traditionally my husband and I celebrate a poultry-free Thanksgiving. Oft times we find ourselves flying solo, usually at our desert home near Palm Springs. On such an iconic Thursday night we will sit among the stars with our pool lights twinkling and feast on something spectacular. But this year heralded
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two from the sidelines

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Categories: Veggies and Sides, Sauces and Such, Dinner Party, Posted on November 18, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
It’s that time of year. People you love gather. And whether you are hosting a turkey dinner for twenty or a more intimate affair here are a couple tried and true sides guaranteed to add holiday sparkle to any table. No one needs to know you can make these both
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the big… countdown

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Categories: Appetizers, Fish and Seafood, Meat, Veggies and Sides, Sauces and Such, Desserts, Beverages, Dinner Party, Wine Line, Posted on November 11, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Saturday I turned the big five-oh. And what better way to herald this milestone then a cozy dinner for twelve the night before. One of the best presents this girl could ask for is a table full of dear friends laughing, toasting and thoroughly enjoying themselves. Want to know a
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morning after

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Categories: Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Lunch, Breakfast/Brunch, Posted on November 5, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
I’m having my old Cleveland girlfriends down for a Dayton sleepover to kick off my fiftieth birthday. Cocktails, dinner, and brunch (before I ship them north on their merry way). And to make sure it is a chipper car ride back I want to make sure they have a scrumptious,
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