seasonal greens

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Categories: Salads and Dressings, Dinner Party, Posted on April 15, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
A salad to span the seasons. Saturday night we were invited to a cozy dinner for four and because the weather was on a downward dip we bypassed the porch and supped in front of a fire. My contribution was a first course salad. I wanted to bring something that was suitable for the chill in the air but hinted at spring which just like the buds on the
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it’s all greek(ish) to me

what's for dinner
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Poultry, Grains and Pasta, Veggies and Sides, Dinner for Two, Supper, Posted on October 22, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Busy week, busy day. What to have for dinner? Greek burgers and Israeli couscous with roasted grape tomatoes and basil. My take on Greek excludes lamb. Not sure why but I can’t stomach it. Lamentably lamb was the celebratory meal of choice in my first husband’s family. Because he was the last of five to marry there was lots to celebrate.
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welcome home

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Categories: Salads and Dressings, Grains and Pasta, Supper, Dinner Party, Posted on September 10, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
We all have those meals that conjure up memories of home. It’s usually the first request of one’s first night. I remember being a freshman at the University of Michigan and my dorm mates reminiscing about the first dinner they had when they went home for Thanksgiving break. Meatloaf, spaghetti, fried chicken. Everyone wanted to know what my mom
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greener pastures

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Categories: Salads and Dressings, Soups, Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Supper, Dinner Party, Posted on August 22, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
With success on the tart front it’s time to round out our lazy august supper. A simple chilled soup is the perfect way to beat the heat and put your guests at ease. All soups should really be made a day in advance to allow the flavors to meld. Doing so means no mess in the kitchen the day of. And with a chilled soup no last minute heat. To kick off
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lighten up

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Categories: Salads and Dressings, Fish and Seafood, Sauces and Such, Supper, Dinner Party, Posted on August 12, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Move over Maryland. Here is a crab cake that is substantial on the jumbo lump and light on the filler. A perfect summer main following a refreshing chilled soup. This runner-up is a breeze to bring to the table because the cakes must be formed and chilled hours in advance. Ideal for a midweek business dinner that is healthy and light but makes a
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the skinny on supper

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Categories: Salads and Dressings, Fish and Seafood, Poultry, Supper, Dinner Party, Sources, Posted on July 20, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Pulling a Friday night party together in a flash. With temps literally off the chart who wants to greet their guests with a blast from the kitchen? Not only is this dinner prepped entirely ahead of time; the grilling is done before the first guests arrive. This light, fresh and super fast meal is the perfect kick-off to the weekend. So beat the
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sliding into second

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Categories: Salads and Dressings, Soups, Fish and Seafood, Supper, Dinner Party, Posted on July 12, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten
Shrimp roll sliders, a downsized version of that northeastern summer staple- the lobster roll. A perfect accompaniment to chilled watercress soup. While top cut hotdog buns are “wicked good” they are almost impossible to find east of I-91. Simply sub bakery fresh slider buns and split them down the top. Continue inland and swap the lobster for
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beat the heat

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Categories: Salads and Dressings, Soups, Fish and Seafood, Dinner Party, Posted on July 8, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
With guests on their way in a day and the heat index expected to reach a staggering 115 degrees in Dayton, it’s time to come up with a refreshing and light menu. Chilled watercress soup is the perfect ticket to escape this oppressive heat. Made a day in advance then served up alongside shrimp roll sliders and a tomato and burrata salad. All will be
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game day

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Categories: Salads and Dressings, Poultry, Grains and Pasta, Desserts, Dinner Party, Posted on June 29, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten
The big day finally arrives. The house is clean, tables set, music laid out, serving dishes in their place, bar is stocked, nametags printed. The freezer and frig hold all the components for tonight’s dinner for twenty. The beauty of this meal is that it is served room temp. Meaning I can set it all out right before the first guests arrive
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post this- the night before

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Categories: Appetizers, Salads and Dressings, Soups, Poultry, Grains and Pasta, Veggies and Sides, Desserts, Dinner Party, Posted on June 24, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (1)
One of the many gifts my mom gave me was showing me the importance of putting everything in its place. There is an air of elegance if everything is exactly where it is supposed to be. For a large party you’ll strike gold if you set out your serving pieces the night before. Marking each piece with an identifying post-it is a certain silver lining.
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