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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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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leg up

perfecting the done before they arrive dinner party- a work in progress
Categories: Poultry, Veggies and Sides, Desserts, Dinner Party, Posted on December 16, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Here’s one to wrap up and put under your tree. A scrumptious supper where the prep is practically done the night before. Having family friends over to take in the lights and exchange a gift or two. The best present for the hostess is spending time in front of the
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that elusive date

perfecting the done before they arrive dinner party- a work in progress
Categories: Meat, Veggies and Sides, Desserts, Dinner Party, Posted on November 18, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (2)
We’ve all said it, “would love to have you over for dinner- let’s get a date on the calendar”. With each additional couple the improbability of finding an open night increases exponentially. Instead of settling on a common weekend in a month, we find ourselves flipping through the seasons. Last
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down to business

perfecting the “done before they arrive” dinner party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Salads and Dressings, Fish and Seafood, Meat, Veggies and Sides, Sauces and Such, Desserts, Dinner Party, Well Equipped, Posted on November 9, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
When faced with a big event it’s best to break it down into manageable pieces. Hosting a large party can be daunting, if it’s for business the stakes can feel higher. There are certain expectations for a work-related affair such as a prompt schedule, accommodating a range of diets, and
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friendly fire

perfecting the “done before they arrive” dinner party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Soups, Meat, Desserts, Dinner Party, Wine Line, Posted on November 5, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Blue jeans, a roaring fire and just one other couple. Now that’s my kind of Friday night. After a flurry of business it’s great to be able to let down your hair and soak in your company. It’s also a perfect opportunity to do a test run on any key
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chill out

perfecting the “done before they arrive” dinner party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Poultry, Desserts, Dinner Party, Posted on November 2, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (1)
The old saying a stitch in time saves nine holds true when entertaining multiple gatherings. Tonight’s dinner is the first of four. I’ve been strategically stocking the freezer with key components. These designated hitters when brought in from the cold will hit a homer each time they come up to
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rains it pours

perfecting the “done before they arrive” dinner party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Soups, Dinner Party, Posted on October 29, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (1)
Entertaining can be a bit like dating. One minute you’re happily adjusting to a short dry spell when suddenly you get hit with a deluge. The floodgates open here for the next eight days. Time to grab an umbrella and put the “done before they arrive” plan in high gear.
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in good company

perfecting the “done before they arrive” dinner party- a work in progress
Categories: Meat, Grains and Pasta, Desserts, Dinner Party, Posted on October 14, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Tonight I am having some new friends who are on the fast track to becoming dear ones. Thought it only appropriate to pull a treasured cookbook off the shelf. Opening one of Marcella Hazan’s invaluable references is like having an Italian great-aunt guiding you in the kitchen. For the American
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focus on the positive

perfecting the “done before the arrive” dinner party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Soups, Fish and Seafood, Veggies and Sides, Desserts, Dinner Party, Posted on September 30, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
The other night we had some dear friends over for dinner that have some significant dietary restrictions. When I first surveyed the list Billy Preston’s “nothing from nothing” ran through my head. Then I spied this past Sunday’s New York Times Week in Review on the kitchen table. Mark Bittman’s
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