italian breakdown

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Veggies and Sides, Supper, Dinner Party, Posted on October 21, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten
Homegrown tomatoes still grace the shelves at the market though there is a distinct chill in the air. And while it’s not quite sweater weather I find myself craving comfort food. Time to figure out a way to bridge the seasons with a meal that is as comforting as cashmere
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fall to pieces

entertaining with style- making it work for you
Categories: Setting the Stage, Posted on October 6, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten
My day job has been competing with my care job, leaving little space for anything else. I can tell my battery is really run down. In times like these I know it’s important to carve out a few moments to take a beat and see the beauty that is all
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listen up

food detective
Categories: Veggies and Sides, Supper, Dinner Party, Sources, Posted on September 22, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten
Thomas Keller’s ears should be burning. I have been raving nonstop about his killer creamed corn recipe. It is literally off the chart. The secret it turns out is freshly grated lime zest and big spritz of lime juice. Combine this with just picked sweet corn and you’re hard pressed
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easy as pie

something in a snap
Categories: Desserts, Dinner Party, Posted on September 12, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten
Last night some of our dearest friends from Cleveland came down for dinner and to spend the night. I knew I’d want to maximize catching up and minimize running around. So when it came to dessert I almost bagged it. But for some reason presenting a little something special at
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raise the bar

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Beverages, Cocktail Party, Setting the Stage, Wine Line, Posted on September 3, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten
When entertaining you agree to do three things: provide you guests with something to eat, something to drink, and the opportunity to be merry. The easiest part of planning a party should be the beverages. Most folks make this step complicated by thinking they need to come up with some
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a bite of summer

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Posted on August 29, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten
Fast, fresh and full of color and flavor. One of the best parts of living in Ohio during the summer is the abundance of home grown tomatoes. I can’t get enough of caprese salad. Thick slices of juicy tomatoes, creamy burratta cheese, slivered freshly picked basil, a pinch of kosher
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the show must go on

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Soups, Grains and Pasta, Cocktail Party, Posted on August 19, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten
Entertaining is all about planning an event ahead of time. So when life throws you a curveball or even a cannon ball what’s a hostess to do? The answer often lies in the reason you were having folks over in the first place. If tragedy hits there’s no shame in
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coastal cocktails

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Sources, Posted on August 6, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten
My buddy Rick came in from San Francisco to call on his Midwest clients. I jumped at the chance for him to visit our new home in Dayton. It’s not often we get coastal company, or for that matter any houseguests at all. Southwestern Ohio doesn’t have much destination appeal.
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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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