party line

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Soups, Meat, Grains and Pasta, Cocktail Party, Dinner Party, Setting the Stage, Kitchen Tenets, Factoids, Posted on July 21, 2014 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
party line

How do you pull a party off in a matter of minutes? The answer is by planning and prepping everything weeks, months and hours ahead of time. The secret to successful entering is in the pre-work. There is actually a direct correlation between the amount of time you put into planning and the ease with which your party comes off. Knowing we wanted to
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cutting corners

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Posted on July 10, 2014 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (1)
cutting corners

Why is it when you want to take in every little minute the pace of life seems to ramp itself into a frenzy. In the past couple weeks my husband had what seemed like the last of an endless array of birthday celebrations, my baby graduated from college, and we held my sweet mom’s memorial service. All milestone moments. To help my youngest daughter
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you say tomato…

food detective
Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Breakfast/Brunch, Posted on June 22, 2014 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
you say tomato…

I’m in the midst of a summer love affair with tomatoes. Can’t tell you how excited I get when I try something new and absolutely adore it. This happened at my husband’s surprise birthday breakfast for his entire office at our home. I usually don’t hire caterers. But because this party was at 8 AM, at my house, AND a surprise I knew I needed
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menu please

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Desserts, Dinner Party, Factoids, Posted on June 6, 2014 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
menu please

Well the last week was filled with activity. Monday night a dinner in honor of our visiting floral design presenters. Thursday morning a surprise birthday brunch at our house for my husband’s entire office. Saturday night- cocktails and a buffet for Dave’s actual 60th birthday. Three parties, three menus, three guest lists, three centerpieces...
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the oscar goes to …

something in a snap
Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Posted on March 2, 2014 by Sandy Bergsten -
the oscar goes to …

Whether you’re throwing a bash for thirty or curling up on the couch in your jammies most everyone who’s watching will want an academy award-winning appetizer for tonight’s festivities. But if the big event has sneaked up on you like it has me you might need something sensational in a snap. Try this bite with guaranteed glam. And while it ensures
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dip week

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Posted on February 5, 2014 by Sandy Bergsten -
dip week

Certain times mark highs and lows. Last week was Dip Week on Living Dayton and they asked me if I would come do a spot on a Super Bowl dip. After I hit the send button on the email confirming my appearance I ran into the kitchen to tell my best friend and sous chef that I was going to be on tv. She wagged her tail and licked my face. You see when
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fresh start

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Dinner Party, Posted on January 12, 2014 by Sandy Bergsten -
fresh start

My husband and I returned to Ohio on the eve of January 6th. We left 74-degree highs in the California desert for wind chills plunging past 38 below. It was a literal shock walking out of the airport. Thankfully we had someone picking us up. Can’t image the state of the cars left at the open lots of Dayton’s International Airport. The next day
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live on living dayton

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Dinner Party, Posted on December 17, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten -
live on living dayton

Last week I taped my first cooking segment on television… live. The folks at Dorothy Lane Market asked me if in two days I would do a piece on holiday entertaining for Living Dayton. I said sure thinking they would be coming to the DLM Cooking School. As it turned out it was at their television studio. I took a deep breath, focused all my nervous
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my cup runneth over

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Dinner Party, Posted on December 3, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten -
my cup runneth over

Thankfully Thanksgiving was a smashing success. The “oven ready” turkey I pre-ordered from Jensen’s that came cleaned, brined, seasoned, already in a bag, and in a pan, was seriously one of the best birds any of us had ever eaten. Not only did my daughter’s cute beau make a trifecta of scratch pies- sweet potato, pecan and buttermilk, he
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fill’er up

something in a snap
Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Dinner Party, Sources, Posted on November 26, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten -
fill’er up

Can’t believe Thanksgiving is just days away. I am so excited to have a full house in the desert. But with that full house brings a lot of opinions. I’m being holiday- shamed into cooking an authentic entirely by scratch multi-dished meal. Really. Must we… Obviously “we” (meaning me) must. While I was sulking and pushing my cart up and down the
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