if it looks like a duck

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Poultry, Grains and Pasta, Veggies and Sides, Cocktail Party, Sources, Posted on January 27, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Weeknight business dinners call for quick thinking and definite pre-prepping. The key is finding something impressive that won’t wreak havoc on your kitchen or midweek schedule. Duck confit is one of my all time favorites. Before we moved it was my go-to comfort food at Fire, our standing Friday night
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new year old favorites

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Veggies and Sides, Sauces and Such, Dinner Party, Posted on January 20, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (2)
What’s better than having a bestie who shares your same culinary craving? One of my favs is equally obsessed with eggplant. The deep fried version can’t be beat. But with people like Paula falling from grace with her fat laden fryer it was time to try to lighten up this
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pieces and parts

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Dinner Party, Posted on January 13, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
How to tackle a dinner party? Break it down. No better way to impress than to present something made with love and care. Here’s a secret- pull something lovingly homemade out of the deep freeze allowing you to entertain with ease. A perfect example- cheddar cheese tartlets. If you think
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take the wait off

the hostess with the mostest hotel
Categories: Eggs, Breakfast/Brunch, Posted on January 7, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
In the Cayman Islands we had some incredible meals on Seven Mile Beach- Agua, Blue and Luca. It’s funny how memorable dishes are; they sometimes come from the most unexpected of places. This takeaway is from the endless breakfast buffet at the Marriott, with lines almost as ceaseless. Because we
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turning point

the hostess with the mostest hotel
Categories: Appetizers, Fish and Seafood, Grains and Pasta, Desserts, Dinner Party, Posted on January 3, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Can’t believe my baby is turning twenty. To celebrate we are having a houseful in our desert home. Family tradition dictates that the birthday girl picks the meal- or in this case meals. Tonight the request is pistachio pesto with grilled shrimp. One of the challenges of a vacation home
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