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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accept with pleasure

perfecting the done before they arrive dinner party- a work in progress
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Soups, Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Dinner Party, Wine Line, Posted on July 10, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Many dinner guests ask if they can bring something. Don’t be shy- take them up on their kind offer. Consider your weak suit (or as I say to my consulting clients your “growth edge”). Personally I love when a guest brings dessert or an appetizer. With those bookends out of
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big chill

perfecting the done before they arrive dinner party- a work in progress
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Soups, Dinner Party, Posted on July 9, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Tomorrow night is essentially a soup and salad supper with a few embellishments. One of the best things about serving gazpacho is that it really should be made in advance. It needs about a day in the frig for all the flavors to properly meld. Thank goodness for Trader Joe’s.
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setting the date

perfecting the done before they arrive dinner party- a work in progress
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Soups, Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Dinner Party, Eating Out, Posted on July 8, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Sometimes it’s easier to plan a spur of the moment party than trying to get one on the books weeks or months in advance. More often than not the busiest of folks can find a last minute opening in an otherwise over-scheduled calendar. Happily one of these synergetic moments is
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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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have your cake

ripped from the headlines... making it work for you
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Veggies and Sides, Posted on June 9, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Sometimes you find a great recipe you can’t wait to try. And sometimes (often times) it doesn’t work out as expected. My garbage disposal gets a lot of action. Those glossy promises and good intentions don’t always pan out. And when they don’t it’s down the drain!
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going to extremes

what’s for dinner- cooking for two
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Soups, Fish and Seafood, Dinner for Two, Posted on May 31, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
What’s a girl to do? It’s nearly impossible to preplan a season menu given the way these temps are fluctuating. What was I thinking roasting a dinner last night? I literally melted in front of my 450 degree oven, the outside mercury reaching 98. Who would have guessed, given the
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hail hail

out and about
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Soups, Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Posted on May 26, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten
A new factoid about my new hometown- we have civil defense sirens. I had no idea. Obviously I had heard them but didn’t know what they hailed. Last night turns out- hail. This weather has been relentless. It’s hard to complain given what’s happened in Joplin and along the Mississippi
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