bumper crop

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Grains and Pasta, Sauces and Such, Posted on October 15, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
One of the joys of summer is an abundance of fresh herbs growing right outside the kitchen door. Toward the end of the season some have gone to seed, others have turned into lanky vines but almost without fail my basil plants seem to vie for a starring role in
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lighten up

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
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.
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nibbles and nuts- one day and counting

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Poultry, Sauces and Such, Dinner Party, Posted on June 19, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (2)
While passed hors d’oeuvres are best for a crowd, it’s prudent to have a few bites purposely positioned during cocktail hour. Strategically place a crisp crudités alongside a light herb mayonnaise. And nothing beats a savory nut alongside a creamy olive. The beauty all can be made a day ahead.
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presto pesto- three weeks and counting

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Grains and Pasta, Sauces and Such, Dinner Party, Posted on May 25, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten
For a large party once you’ve established the guest list, sketched out the menu, and sent out the invites it’s time to make what you can ahead of time to stow in your freezer. Pesto is an invaluable deep freeze staple. It can be made weeks or months ahead of
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new year old favorites

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Veggies and Sides, Sauces and Such, Dinner Party, Posted on January 20, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (2)
What’s better than having a bestie who shares your same culinary craving? One of my favs is equally obsessed with eggplant. The deep fried version can’t be beat. But with people like Paula falling from grace with her fat laden fryer it was time to try to lighten up this
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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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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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don’t choke

what’s for dinner- cooking for the fam
Categories: Veggies and Sides, Sauces and Such, Supper, Sources, Posted on June 19, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
What’s worse than having your house sale fall through? Knowing you have to get back into the fray. Being in the real estate market right now is worse than online dating. My” iron-clad” deal fell through. Just as I was recovering another offer came in. It made me feel like
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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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