southern comfort

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
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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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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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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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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triple crown

perfecting the “done before the arrive” dinner party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Salads and Dressings, Fish and Seafood, Poultry, Grains and Pasta, Veggies and Sides, Dinner Party, Wine Line, Posted on September 25, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Entertaining you want to take some risks but also hedge a few bets. Old wines are a wild card. You can dust them off, stand them up, but until you uncork them what they hold is an unknown- could be a home run or has-been. Most often there is little
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one fish two fish

what's for dinner- cooking for the fam
Categories: Appetizers, Salads and Dressings, Fish and Seafood, Veggies and Sides, Posted on August 5, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
My oldest is flying home today, which is officially now Dayton.A weegie board would have come in handy in booking everyone’s return flights. With home a moving target for the last few months I did my best to guestimate where to pick up my travelers. But with plummeting stocks and
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double feature

perfecting the done before they arrive dinner party- a work in progress
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Fish and Seafood, Veggies and Sides, Desserts, Dinner Party, Posted on July 23, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Drinks were a hit. Almost like train schedules of yore- right on track. Guests arrived at 6:05 and the tracks were clear by 7:09. My new friends and folks loved meeting one another, and the short time frame left everyone wanting more (always a plus). While I knew I didn’t
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double take

perfecting the done before they arrive dinner party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Salads and Dressings, Fish and Seafood, Veggies and Sides, Posted on July 13, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Here’s a secret. If you find yourself having back-to-back parties consider doing the same dinner twice. Tonight we are having a couple over for dinner… and another couple Saturday night. One way to cut the stress in half is to duplicate the menu. Believe it or not most of the
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don’t be crabby

what’s for dinner- cooking for two
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Fish and Seafood, Sauces and Such, Dinner for Two, Well Equipped, Posted on July 5, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
The most challenging thing for me about moving is trying to keep on top of my daily grind while packing up 16 years of a former life, and doing all of it long distance. Not only am I boxing up the home where my two daughters grew up, this blog
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no reservations

what’s for dinner- cooking for two
Categories: Fish and Seafood, Veggies and Sides, Sauces and Such, Posted on June 2, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Certain times call for a little celebration. Getting a signed contract on a house in a declining market is undoubtedly one of those moments. Making reservations is certainly one option but these next few weeks are going to entail an abundance of dining out and carry out. Tonight calls for
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