it’s all greek(ish) to me

what's for dinner
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Poultry, Grains and Pasta, Veggies and Sides, Dinner for Two, Supper, Posted on October 22, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Busy week, busy day. What to have for dinner? Greek burgers and Israeli couscous with roasted grape tomatoes and basil. My take on Greek excludes lamb. Not sure why but I can’t stomach it. Lamentably lamb was the celebratory meal of choice in my first husband’s family. Because he was
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bumper crop

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Grains and Pasta, Sauces and Such, Posted on October 15, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
One of the joys of summer is an abundance of fresh herbs growing right outside the kitchen door. Toward the end of the season some have gone to seed, others have turned into lanky vines but almost without fail my basil plants seem to vie for a starring role in
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homeward bound

what's for dinner
Categories: Meat, Veggies and Sides, Dinner for Two, Supper, Posted on October 8, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
In the past two weeks I’ve been to Chicago, Martha’s Vineyard, Washington DC, New York City, and Cleveland. The food lineup has been impressive. Highlight’s include the signature hamachi sashimi at Macku’s on North Clybourn, the chowder at Larsen’s Fish Market in Chilmark, the six course tasting menu at Marcel’s
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stormy weather

food detective
Categories: Beverages, Cocktail Party, Sources, Posted on October 1, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Just went to a charming wedding in West Chop on Martha’s Vineyard. Everywhere you turned there were the most personable touches. It was the quintessential Nor’easter celebration. Lobster rolls and crab cakes. A killer band under a tent with a remarkable view. A bride as stunningly beautiful and unpretentious as
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lunchbox

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Lunch, Posted on September 24, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Lunch on the go can be a dilemma. On the road options really don’t offer suitable alternatives. We’re faced with a pre-noon departure to kick off a family wedding on the east coast. Time to channel the 4th Earl of Sandwich to concoct a satisfying meal on the fly. Since
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all choked up

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Fish and Seafood, Grains and Pasta, Veggies and Sides, Dinner Party, Posted on September 17, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Took my baby to the airport. I’m as predictable as Old Faithful. The waterworks starting misting up days ago. My maternal tears can be quite disarming. Pity the person who encountered me on the first day of preschool, the back roads of New Hampshire after I dropped my little ones
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welcome home

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Grains and Pasta, Supper, Dinner Party, Posted on September 10, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
We all have those meals that conjure up memories of home. It’s usually the first request of one’s first night. I remember being a freshman at the University of Michigan and my dorm mates reminiscing about the first dinner they had when they went home for Thanksgiving break. Meatloaf, spaghetti,
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skaol

food detective
Categories: Appetizers, Fish and Seafood, Cocktail Party, Dinner Party, Lunch, Posted on September 5, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
After an overnight overseas flight we landed in Stockholm, dropped our bags at the Grand Hotel and set off for a tour of the city. Three hours in our energy sank at the Vasamuseet just as the 375 year old war ship had after it tried to set off from
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scandinavian roots

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Categories: Appetizers, Posted on August 26, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Lucky me I’m off to Sweden, Denmark and Norway. For months I’ve been power walking and picking up Pilates so I can be in tiptop dining shape for the trip of a lifetime. I’m looking forward to discovering my Scandinavian roots one bite at a time. While I’m away here’s
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greener pastures

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Soups, Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Supper, Dinner Party, Posted on August 22, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
With success on the tart front it’s time to round out our lazy august supper. A simple chilled soup is the perfect way to beat the heat and put your guests at ease. All soups should really be made a day in advance to allow the flavors to meld. Doing
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