layer up

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Soups, Supper, Dinner Party, Lunch, Fête Fact, Posted on January 31, 2016 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (1)
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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sunny side up

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Eggs, Supper, Lunch, Breakfast/Brunch, Posted on December 31, 2015 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (6)
Another holiday weekend is upon us, happily for some of us that means another full house. Which most likely means offering up breakfast, lunch and dinner, several days in a row. The trick is figuring out a way to show your guests you care while not pushing yourself over the
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ladies’ lunch

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Soups, Supper, Dinner Party, Lunch, Eating Out, Fête Fact, Posted on September 26, 2015 by Sandy Bergsten
Last Wednesday I invited Carrie Walters, from the DLM Culinary Center, Liz Valenti, from Wheat Penny, and Wiley, from Meadowlark, over for lunch. I knew I wanted to serve something seasonal, but also something with a bit of flair. Let’s be honest how often do these three top Dayton chefs
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major coup

food detective
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Dinner for Two, Supper, Dinner Party, Lunch, Posted on November 5, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten
Nothing beats Saturday night supper for four. As fortune would have it my husband and I were invited for such a dinner last weekend. And to up the ante, not only were our host and hostess delightful friends but incredible cooks. Simmering bolognese greeted us we entered, letting us know
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morning after

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Lunch, Breakfast/Brunch, Posted on November 5, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
I’m having my old Cleveland girlfriends down for a Dayton sleepover to kick off my fiftieth birthday. Cocktails, dinner, and brunch (before I ship them north on their merry way). And to make sure it is a chipper car ride back I want to make sure they have a scrumptious,
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marooned

food detective
Categories: Desserts, Dinner Party, Lunch, Breakfast/Brunch, Posted on October 29, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Just wrapped up a one-week excursion to visit my youngest who is studying abroad in Granada Spain. With planes, trains and automobiles we arrived in this sleepy Andalucía city. As we pulled into the picturesque Hopspes Palacio de los Patos these weary travelers were greeted with one of the best
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lunchbox

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Lunch, Posted on September 24, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Lunch on the go can be a dilemma. On the road options really don’t offer suitable alternatives. We’re faced with a pre-noon departure to kick off a family wedding on the east coast. Time to channel the 4th Earl of Sandwich to concoct a satisfying meal on the fly. Since
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skaol

food detective
Categories: Appetizers, Fish and Seafood, Cocktail Party, Dinner Party, Lunch, Posted on September 5, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
After an overnight overseas flight we landed in Stockholm, dropped our bags at the Grand Hotel and set off for a tour of the city. Three hours in our energy sank at the Vasamuseet just as the 375 year old war ship had after it tried to set off from
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ladies lunch and the cabana boy

the hostess with the mostest hotel
Categories: Poultry, Lunch, Posted on April 28, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Today marks the arrival of my college roommates. Not a typical fan of girls’ night out, and certainly not of its extended version (women being best served with a generous dose of men) this trio is an exceptional exception. My hubby was supposed to be away for business but changed
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creating the playbook

the hostess with the mostest hotel
Categories: Dinner Party, Lunch, Breakfast/Brunch, Posted on April 24, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
One of the wonderful things about having a vacation spot is that people you love want to come stay with you. The challenge is how to enjoy yourself with a houseful of house guests. Almost anyone can act like a short order cook and housekeeper but who wants to visit
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