cookie crumbles

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Desserts, Dinner Party, Posted on July 4, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
The party doesn’t stop just because the lights go out. Last Friday we got slammed with an unbelievable storm. Winds over 100 miles an hour and temps in the triple digits. Like many we lost power. Five days later and it’s still out. Weather be damned an invitation still stands
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game day

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Poultry, Grains and Pasta, Desserts, Dinner Party, Kitchen Tenets, Posted on June 29, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten
The big day finally arrives. The house is clean, tables set, music laid out, serving dishes in their place, bar is stocked, nametags printed. The freezer and frig hold all the components for tonight’s dinner for twenty. The beauty of this meal is that it is served room temp. Meaning
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post this- the night before

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Salads and Dressings, Soups, Poultry, Grains and Pasta, Veggies and Sides, Desserts, Dinner Party, Kitchen Tenets, Posted on June 24, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (1)
One of the many gifts my mom gave me was showing me the importance of putting everything in its place. There is an air of elegance if everything is exactly where it is supposed to be. For a large party you’ll strike gold if you set out your serving pieces
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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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