toasting in the new year

perfecting the done before they arrive party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Wine Line, Posted on December 29, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Nothing quite wraps up the old and heralds in the new like caviar and champagne. Who can resist this dynamic duo. Whether it’s for a crowd or for something a little more intimate.Trader Joe’s does a bang up job on delivering bling without breaking the bank. I am impressed with
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christmas on the fly

perfecting the done before they arrive party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Meat, Breakfast/Brunch, Posted on December 24, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
About to kidnap all five kids for our first destination holiday, really shaking things up this holiday season. That said there are circumstances that are certainly sacrosanct, so stockings are stuffed and tucked in my bag (six in all because the big guy would be bummed if he was left
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tis the season

what to bring
Categories: Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Breakfast/Brunch, Posted on December 19, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (3)
Here’s a sweet holiday/hostess treat that’s sure to cheer up the chilliest of mornings. There is nothing quite like pure maple syrup, especially if you know the trees that were tapped. Last weekend my husband went back to his family farm and picked up several pints of this year’s yield.
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leg up

perfecting the done before they arrive dinner party- a work in progress
Categories: Poultry, Veggies and Sides, Desserts, Dinner Party, Posted on December 16, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Here’s one to wrap up and put under your tree. A scrumptious supper where the prep is practically done the night before. Having family friends over to take in the lights and exchange a gift or two. The best present for the hostess is spending time in front of the
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lose the cookies

what to bring
Categories: Grains and Pasta, Posted on December 10, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Seriously who needs another plate of sweets. Next time think outside of the bakery box when it comes to hostess treats. Remember this summer’s bumper crop of basil, and its subsequent marathon session of pesto? Try reaching into your freezer and bring a present that will truly delight. During the
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double dip

what to bring
Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Posted on December 4, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Bringing an appetizer to a special friend’s party calls for something a little exceptional. Nothing says "home" like a dip, though there is certainly nothing humdrum about this one. First glances are deceiving, this concoction is sophisticated and sublime. Smoked salmon and salmon roe. Don’t skimp on the ingredients
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