cheering from the sideline

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Meat, Grains and Pasta, Veggies and Sides, Dinner Party, Posted on April 20, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
cheering from the sideline

Time to sing the Italian praises of Marcella Hazan once again. Not only does she hold your hand though each intricate step of Italian prep, she walks you through the entire menu offering suitable sides for each dish. When you have lovingly basted and braised for half a day (as with ossobuco) the last thing you want are complicated accompaniments.
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merci buco

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Meat, Grains and Pasta, Veggies and Sides, Dinner Party, Well Equipped, Wine Line, Posted on April 13, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
merci buco

With a momentary chill in the air and foodies on the calendar this might be the last possible weekend to serve up ossobuco. Big note- the following is not for the faint of heart. These braised veal shanks take most of the day to prepare. But while you will spend more hours in the kitchen then out the beauty of these tender cuts is that they can
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no (ex)cuses

ripped from the ... making it work for you
Categories: Fish and Seafood, Dinner for Two, Dinner Party, Posted on April 5, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (2)
no (ex)cuses

Dining in one of Suzanne Goin’s restaurants in LA is truly a treat. Her recipes on the other hand should come with a disclaimer. Pay close attention to the timeline. I adore her cookbook, Sunday Suppers at Lucques, and was excited to see one of her recipes in Bon Appetit’s RSVP section. When I see recipe from a place I’ve actually been a patron
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lower the steaks

the hostess with the mostest hotel
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Lunch, Posted on March 30, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
lower the steaks

Just because your weekend is busy doesn’t mean you can’t serve up a delicious and healthy lunch at home. Flank steak salad is the prefect fast and fresh pick. Because the meat marinates hours before grilling and the sliced steak can be served chilled or at room temp the entire prep can be done entirely before hand. All you need to do is toss and
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easy as pie

the hostess with the mostest hotel
Categories: Desserts, Dinner Party, Posted on March 23, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
easy as pie

My mom is quite the baker. Not sure how her grandmother nickname, Yum, originated but it must have had a thing or two to do with all the incredible sweets that came out of her kitchen. I on the other hand would never be confused with a baker. They are a different breed. Perhaps it’s because they are meticulous measurers where I am more of a
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italian lifeline

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Meat, Grains and Pasta, Dinner Party, Wine Line, Posted on March 18, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
italian lifeline

Nothing beats having a top chef on speed dial. Lucky for me mine is a die-hard Italian with a prowess for texting. When I’m in a Tuscan pinch I can always count on Paul Minnillo to lend me a virtual hand. For a small dinner party it can be fun to reach out of your comfort zone and take a culinary excursion to a different time zone. Tonight we’re
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spring forward

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Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Dinner Party, Posted on March 13, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
spring forward

Having some fun friends over for Sunday supper. Just happens to be the day we set the clocks ahead an hour. Thought it would be entertaining to look back at some of my oldies but goodies that I haven’t made in a while. One of the benefits of having foodies over is that they immediately recalled these more than a decade old recipes, proving that
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dine in

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Categories: Appetizers, Soups, Fish and Seafood, Veggies and Sides, Desserts, Dinner Party, Posted on March 8, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
dine in

Living in a smaller town has certain limitations; one is a wide selection of restaurants. Thankfully Dayton has a profusion of purveyors with top-notch butchers, fishmongers and an abundance of specialty food items. Making business entertaining at home a more than viable option. Such weeknight dinners need to have a minimum of muss and fuss.
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perfectly aligned

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Soups, Fish and Seafood, Veggies and Sides, Desserts, Dinner Party, Posted on March 1, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (1)
perfectly aligned

Sometimes things just come together. The right people. The perfect meal. The planets. This past Saturday was one of those cosmically aligned nights. At twilight our guests arrived and with drinks in hand we ventured out to see the crescent moon forming a perfect triangle with Venus and Jupiter. Easy to enjoy this stellar company because all of the
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anticipate the end

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Posted on February 24, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (1)
anticipate the end

Here’s an entertaining maxim- minimize the last minute fuss. Make as much as possible ahead of time. This blue ribbon winner can be made three days in advance. What party wouldn’t want a sweet ending like this? The secret ingredient…
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