key component- ten days and counting

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Desserts, Dinner Party, Sources, Posted on June 5, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
When entertaining a crowd it's best to get your “bookends” out of the way. Nothing beats an appetizer or dessert that can be safely stashed in the deep freeze. Because these pretty key lime tarts must be frozen, they are the perfect finish to my dinner for twenty. While impressive
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judge this

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Dinner Party, Sources, Well Equipped, Posted on May 21, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten
Tonight I am having twenty over for dinner. And to raise the bar these guests are some of the leading horticulture, flower arranging and photography judges in our country. So not only do I need to have an expert meal for this esteemed group everything inside and outside needs to
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if it looks like a duck

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Poultry, Grains and Pasta, Veggies and Sides, Cocktail Party, Sources, Posted on January 27, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Weeknight business dinners call for quick thinking and definite pre-prepping. The key is finding something impressive that won’t wreak havoc on your kitchen or midweek schedule. Duck confit is one of my all time favorites. Before we moved it was my go-to comfort food at Fire, our standing Friday night
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excess baggage

what's for dinner- cooking for two
Categories: Meat, Dinner for Two, Sources, Posted on November 29, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (1)
Who thought it was possible for me to OD on unpasteurized cheese, foie gras, wild mushrooms and eggs. A reality check when we returned to US Customs and the only thing I had to declare was approximately seven pounds. The meals we had (twenty-three in all) have left me satiated.
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liar’s poker

what's for dinner- cooking for two
Categories: Dinner for Two, Cocktail Party, Sources, Posted on June 20, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Some days it’s hard to channel your inner June Cleaver. When I am completely downtrodden. I cheer myself up by pretending to make dinner. We all have our quirks and this is undoubtedly one of mine.
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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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