anticipate the end

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Posted on February 24, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (1)
Here’s an entertaining maxim- minimize the last minute fuss. Make as much as possible ahead of time. This blue ribbon winner can be made three days in advance. What party wouldn’t want a sweet ending like this? The secret ingredient…
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tie one on

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Fish and Seafood, Veggies and Sides, Desserts, Dinner Party, Posted on February 20, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
One of the best things about our place in the desert (and there are many) is our local market. The produce, meat, and seafood at Jensen’s are all superior. Out west my hubby and I share a car and easily slip into our future roles as retirees. Each morning I
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surf and turf

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Salads and Dressings, Poultry, Desserts, Dinner for Two, Dinner Party, Posted on February 14, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Who dares venture out for dinner on Valentine’s Day, appropriately dubbed Amateur Night. Dining in one can splurge with a plethora of the best ingredients simply prepared. Foie gras, salmon roe, black truffles, and chocolate- now that if that doesn’t put you in the mood what else will. My Valentine
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southern comfort

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Fish and Seafood, Dinner Party, Posted on February 10, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Growing accustom to my southern environs I find myself leaning into their creature comforts. While dressing for the grocery store continues to throw me for a loop, the prospect of grits on the menu has been a delight. In Minnesota you were lucky if your cream of wheat had a
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birds of a feather

what’s old is new again- round two
Categories: Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Supper, Posted on February 2, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
What’s better than a great dinner party? Being left with the stars for an encore performance in a whole new role. One of my top craves in Palm Desert is Three Corner Bistro’s duck confit pizza. While theirs is made with brie and arugula, I decided I’d toss my lone
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