swing into spring

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Categories: Salads and Dressings, Soups, Fish and Seafood, Grains and Pasta, Veggies and Sides, Desserts, Dinner Party, Fête Fact, Posted on April 18, 2017 by Sandy Bergsten
Just taught an evening class at Dorothy Lane Market’s Culinary Center. The theme was “spring soiree”. While nature is popping up and showing its face, it’s time for us to shake off our winter hibernation and do the same. Spring is the perfect time to reconnect with friends and feature
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soup’s on

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Categories: Soups, Dinner for Two, Supper, Dinner Party, Lunch, Well Equipped, Fête Fact, Posted on January 23, 2017 by Sandy Bergsten
Nothing warms the soul like a hot bowl of homemade soup. You might think making your own, in your home, is beyond your reach. Think again. Making a creamy vegetable soup is as easy as one, two, three. First- begin with a base of sautéed onions. Second- add three to
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a little naughty

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Categories: Desserts, Cocktail Party, Dinner Party, Fête Fact, Posted on December 12, 2016 by Sandy Bergsten
​It’s hard being good when holiday sweets and treats seem to appear at every turn. We know we shouldn’t, but don’t we all want to indulge just a bit? If you are hosting this season why not pass on the usual array of baked goods and offer up a sweet
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back to school

fête fact
Categories: Appetizers, Dinner for Two, Cocktail Party, Fête Fact, Posted on August 20, 2016 by Sandy Bergsten
As an empty nester it’s an odd thing to be waiting behind a school bus. The first thing that comes to my mind is where has the time gone. Then if it’s a particularly long delay with seemingly first-time parents saying good-bye to their little ones I usually get a
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garden party

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Categories: Appetizers, Soups, Grains and Pasta, Cocktail Party, Fête Fact, Posted on July 25, 2016 by Sandy Bergsten
Cocktails in the garden- what fun! But for a midweek party do you simply serve a nibble and a drink or do you offer up something a little more substantial? When you’re having a larger group for cocktails it’s sometimes hard to navigate how much food to serve. The answer
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sweetie pie

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Categories: Desserts, Dinner for Two, Supper, Dinner Party, Lunch, Sources, Fête Fact, Posted on June 11, 2016 by Sandy Bergsten
Lately my husband has been such a sweetheart I thought I’d bake him a pie. Wait a minute- me make a homemade pie? Those of you who know me know that I’m not very skilled when it comes to baking. But just because I’m not terribly accomplished at something doesn’t
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slice of southern

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Categories: Desserts, Supper, Dinner Party, Fête Fact, Posted on April 10, 2016 by Sandy Bergsten
What in the world happened to spring? I just arrived home from meetings in Savannah only to find my daffodils covered in sleet. Snow is in the forecast and the temps are plunging into the 20s. I thought those dark dank days of walking my dog were over. Time to
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pearls of wisdom

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Categories: Grains and Pasta, Veggies and Sides, Supper, Dinner Party, Sources, Fête Fact, Posted on February 27, 2016 by Sandy Bergsten
Want to whip up something extraordinary in no time flat? Simply toss some out of the ordinary ingredients together to create a dish that is sure to impress. If you’ve never tried Israeli couscous you are missing out. Sometimes called pearl couscous or ptitm, these small, round, pasta-like granules are
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of course

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Categories: Salads and Dressings, Dinner Party, Sources, Fête Fact, Posted on February 13, 2016 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (3)
Want to elevate your next dinner party? Simply add a course. Easy to do when you offer a salad of mixed greens and an array of cheeses after the main. Notably French, a salad and cheese course is a wonderful way to extend the festivity, savor that last bit of
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layer up

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Categories: Soups, Supper, Dinner Party, Lunch, Fête Fact, Posted on January 31, 2016 by Sandy Bergsten
What’s the secret to staying warm during the winter weather? Dress in layers. The same holds true when making soup. Start with your base- stir and sauté, and another layer of ingredients- stir and sauté, add your liquids- stir and simmer. Something truly magical happens when you compose a soup
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