contain yourself

entertaining with style- making it work for you
Categories: Setting the Stage, Posted on September 20, 2016 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Sometimes the key to a fabulous flower arrangement is in the container. Right now the sunflowers are in full bloom in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The waves of bright yellow faces looking up are truly a sight to behold. One of the amazing perks of living in Southwest Ohio is that
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… ear today

food detective
Categories: Appetizers, Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Cocktail Party, Breakfast/Brunch, Posted on August 31, 2016 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (7)
Labor Day is upon us and that means that corn season is almost over. I am a huge fan of the Yankee Street Market’s corn cart that’s parked on Stroop Road in Dayton, Ohio. Every day they sell freshly picked sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, zucchinis, and a variety of
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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 - Comments (1)
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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listen up

food detective
Categories: Grains and Pasta, Dinner for Two, Supper, Dinner Party, Posted on August 9, 2016 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (1)
My husband and I could eat fresh-picked sweet corn every single day. But just like those truly vine ripened tomatoes the season will soon be over. So I was super excited when I discovered a new way to enjoy these fresh picked ears in the New York Times. The food
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garden party

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
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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in hot water

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Eggs, Breakfast/Brunch, Posted on July 11, 2016 by Sandy Bergsten
When my adult children come home I find myself wanting to resurrect our old family memories. Breakfasts were always a big deal for my girls growing up at our small breakfast table for three. Chocolate chip pancakes, steel cut oatmeal, smoked salmon on bagels, and the ever-present poached egg. It
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odds are

entertaining with style- making it work for you
Categories: Sources, Setting the Stage, Posted on June 26, 2016 by Sandy Bergsten
The past few months I’ve been on the flower show circuit as a photography judge. Walking through the floral design entries I’m continually blown away by their sheer beauty, creativity and inventiveness. Flower shows for me are what five-star restaurants are to others. I’d love to try to replicate what
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sweetie pie

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
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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don’t rest on your laurels

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Grains and Pasta, Veggies and Sides, Supper, Dinner Party, Posted on May 27, 2016 by Sandy Bergsten
Some times life contains a lot of “too”, as in “and she cooks too”. The national flower show I was co-chairing blew in like a southern storm, then shone brightly on our city, and left as quickly as it came. It was such an incredible event. We had twenty-six judges
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chop chop

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Veggies and Sides, Supper, Dinner Party, Lunch, Posted on May 7, 2016 by Sandy Bergsten
Here’s a fresh and vibrant salad that I am going to convert into a side dish. I got the recipe in my daily feed from Bon Appétit; after a couple tweaks it’s sure to be my wingman throughout the summer. While it makes a tremendous luncheon salad, I love it
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