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

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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

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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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new year old favorites

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Categories: Veggies and Sides, Sauces and Such, Dinner Party, Posted on January 20, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (2)
What’s better than having a bestie who shares your same culinary craving? One of my favs is equally obsessed with eggplant. The deep fried version can’t be beat. But with people like Paula falling from grace with her fat laden fryer it was time to try to lighten up this
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pieces and parts

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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

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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

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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

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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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