you say tomato…

food detective
Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Breakfast/Brunch, Posted on June 22, 2014 by Sandy Bergsten
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
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simple sundays

home is where the heart is
Categories: Eggs, Breakfast/Brunch, Posted on June 17, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Is there a better way to start the day than with a big cup of French roast and the Sunday New York Times? How about the simplest of Sunday starts. A three-minute egg. In a time-warp egg cup. Al fresco on a sunny seventy-degree morning. This past Sunday was the
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southern solace

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Grains and Pasta, Supper, Dinner Party, Breakfast/Brunch, Posted on April 22, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Family and friends are the best tonic to counter a week of devastating headlines. With our loved ones scattered across the country one of my husband and my biggest blessings is that we have friends nearby that feel just as close as relations. Thankfully this past Saturday night we already
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morning after

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Lunch, Breakfast/Brunch, Posted on November 5, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
I’m having my old Cleveland girlfriends down for a Dayton sleepover to kick off my fiftieth birthday. Cocktails, dinner, and brunch (before I ship them north on their merry way). And to make sure it is a chipper car ride back I want to make sure they have a scrumptious,
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marooned

food detective
Categories: Desserts, Dinner Party, Lunch, Breakfast/Brunch, Posted on October 29, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Just wrapped up a one-week excursion to visit my youngest who is studying abroad in Granada Spain. With planes, trains and automobiles we arrived in this sleepy Andalucía city. As we pulled into the picturesque Hopspes Palacio de los Patos these weary travelers were greeted with one of the best
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creating the playbook

the hostess with the mostest hotel
Categories: Dinner Party, Lunch, Breakfast/Brunch, Kitchen Tenets, Posted on April 24, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
One of the wonderful things about having a vacation spot is that people you love want to come stay with you. The challenge is how to enjoy yourself with a houseful of house guests. Almost anyone can act like a short order cook and housekeeper but who wants to visit
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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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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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