simply arranged

entertaining with style- making it work for you
Categories: Setting the Stage, Posted on July 29, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten
Creating a stunning centerpiece for your table couldn’t be simpler. All you need is a bunch of flowers from the grocery store, a square vase, a little scotch tape, and a pair of scissors. If the thought of creating your own arrangement previously put you in a panic, take a
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no baloney

something in a snap
Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Dinner Party, Sources, Posted on July 15, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten
There is something sublime about mortadella, the Italian cold cut made from heat-cured pork often studded with pistachios. I’ve heard it’s a staple in Bologna but in that pass of a name ends the comparison. If you have never had mortadella I invite you to venture into an Italian deli
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just a minute

something in a snap
Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Dinner Party, Posted on July 8, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten
How many times have you needed an appetizer only to find that all your spare time has evaporated into thin air? Lately I’ve been on the run leaving me very little time to cook, let alone photograph and post. But rather than stressing out about it I decided I would
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hump day

food detective
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Veggies and Sides, Supper, Dinner Party, Posted on July 2, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten
One of my favorite things about Wednesday is the dining section in the New York Times. I love how the articles shed new light on many a staple and always seem to transport me out of my humble kitchen. Magically this happened a couple of weeks ago when Section D
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vertical dinner party

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Soups, Meat, Grains and Pasta, Desserts, Cocktail Party, Dinner Party, Sources, Posted on June 22, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten
Just taught my first class at DLM’s Cooking School. What a blast! The theme was a “vertical dinner party”. Many of the students arrived wondering what that term actually meant. Truth is I made it up, but it’s my go-to version of a pumped up cocktail party. When you want
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simple sundays

home is where the heart is
Categories: Eggs, Breakfast/Brunch, Posted on June 17, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten
Is there a better way to start the day than with a big cup of French roast and the Sunday New York Times? How about the simplest of Sunday starts. A three-minute egg. In a time-warp egg cup. Al fresco on a sunny seventy-degree morning. This past Sunday was the
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summer sleuth

food detective
Categories: Grains and Pasta, Veggies and Sides, Supper, Dinner Party, Posted on June 10, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten
I am shameless when in hot pursuit of a recipe. But procuring someone’s secret dish usually takes time and clandestine skill. Most people need to be gently coerced and it often takes several attempts, gleaning small pieces at each swipe until just like a jigsaw it falls perfectly into place.
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fore play

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Fish and Seafood, Veggies and Sides, Dinner for Two, Dinner Party, Posted on June 3, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten
There are things you do when you’re dating that tend to fall by the wayside once you get married. For me that would be golf. I’ve never really warmed to the game. It takes almost all day to play. Those who partake tend to complain afterward about went wrong rather
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three on the side

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Veggies and Sides, Dinner Party, Posted on May 27, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten
In our family the birthday boy (or girl) chooses the menu. So it was only fitting that I serve up three of my husband’s favorite sides along his celebratory strip steak. Not only is this trio a treat for taste buds its also a delight for the eyes with their
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surf and turf

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Fish and Seafood, Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Dinner Party, Sources, Posted on May 20, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten
My hubby just turned another year. He stated he didn’t want any fanfare but I know him well enough to know that he would appreciate a little something special to mark the occasion. So I invited a pair of close friends and put together a menu that would wow without
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