a bit grating

cooking for one... or two
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Veggies and Sides, Dinner for Two, Supper, Lunch, Posted on October 12, 2020 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Things feeling a bit harsh? People around you a tad on edge? Maybe it’s time to open the frig and bring out the box grater.  In the spirit of “when life gives you lemons make lemonade”, here you take whatever veggies you have on hand on and with a few quick strokes they’re transformed into lofty comfort food. Crisp on the edge, light and airy
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different can be good

cooking for one... or two
Categories: Fish and Seafood, Grains and Pasta, Dinner for Two, Supper, Posted on September 27, 2020 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (2)
I can’t believe we just celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary. There are days when it seems like we were married yesterday. There are so many things I adore about my husband. His boyish smile and heartfelt laugh certainly top the list. He’s absolutely brilliant and possesses the gentlest and truest of hearts. If I had to pick one of my favorite
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in hot water

food detective
Categories: Meat, Grains and Pasta, Dinner for Two, Supper, Dinner Party, Well Equipped, Posted on September 12, 2020 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (1)
I’m not one for kitchen gadgets. Who needs an Instant Pot when you have a pot? An avocado slicer when you have a knife and spoon. But I have to say my Anova sous vide is a game changer. Anticipating our move back to urban apartment living I wanted to find a way to cook all our favorite proteins that we would typically grill out west.
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into the woods

food detective
Categories: Appetizers, Veggies and Sides, Dinner for Two, Cocktail Party, Sources, Posted on August 31, 2020 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (2)
On a recent trip to the Evanston’s farmers market I spotted these gorgeous “hen of the wood” mushrooms. If they sprouted legs and a beak you could almost imagine they would start to scratch and strut amongst the stands.  Personal disclaimer- what often looks inspirational at the farmers market frequently turns out to be a bomb in my kitchen.
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as the wind blows

a moment in time
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Dinner for Two, Supper, Dinner Party, Lunch, Posted on August 16, 2020 by Sandy Bergsten
Last week in Chicago was one for the books. My husband had meetings out of town, and I was secretly very excited to be alone for the first time since February. As luck would have it my best friend’s husband was also going to be away. We were looking forward to going for long walks, running fun errands in the city (she’s a fellow foodie who knows
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a great take on a classic

cooking for one... or two
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Poultry, Dinner for Two, Supper, Lunch, Posted on July 31, 2020 by Sandy Bergsten
What’s better than chicken Caesar salad? Crunchy romaine, creamy parmesan dressing, crisp croutons, and tender chicken. It’s a quintessential classic for a reason. And a real go-to for lunch or dinner when dining out. But now that we are dining in (once again) how about a way you can whip this up at home in the time it would take to call for carry-
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one and done

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Categories: Grains and Pasta, Dinner for Two, Supper, Dinner Party, Posted on July 17, 2020 by Sandy Bergsten
How about a light and bright summer pasta? Best part it comes together in mere minutes, and all in one pot. The base of this no-cook sauce is simply equal parts creamy ricotta and sharp parmesan. Brightened up with a little zest and juice from a lemon, and a couple handfuls of arugula for color and crunch. Serve it up with a salad of baby greens a
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summer daze

cooking for one... or two
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Fish and Seafood, Dinner for Two, Supper, Lunch, Sources, Eating Out, Posted on June 21, 2020 by Sandy Bergsten
Is July really around the corner? Lately I’ve been reminiscing about summers past. Top on that list were the parents’ weekends at my girls’ summer camp in New Hampshire. Another highpoint- the lobster rolls at George’s. There’s nothing quite like a lobster shack roll. And while they’re almost impossible to replicate, I’ve discovered a suitable home
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an american great

inspiration
Categories: Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Dinner for Two, Supper, Dinner Party, Breakfast/Brunch, Sources, Posted on June 7, 2020 by Sandy Bergsten
“One of the greatest pleasures of my life has been that I have never stopped learning about Good Cooking and Good Food.” ― Edna Lewis. Just as Julia Child enlightened the American home cook to French cuisine, and Marcella Hazan to Italian, Edna Lewis is a central pillar in our culinary landscape, one who helped define the American view of Southern
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no rush

cooking for one... or two
Categories: Soups, Dinner for Two, Supper, Lunch, Posted on May 25, 2020 by Sandy Bergsten
I simply adore French onion soup. Historically what I haven’t been crazy about are the required hours to properly caramelize the onions. But now, like many, I have a bit of time on my hands. And like quite a few, I’m not filling my table the way I used to. And if your freezer is like mine and has precious little real estate to spare the last thing
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