swing into spring

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Categories: Salads and Dressings, Soups, Fish and Seafood, Grains and Pasta, Veggies and Sides, Desserts, Dinner Party, Fête Fact, Posted on April 18, 2017 by Sandy Bergsten
Just taught an evening class at Dorothy Lane Market’s Culinary Center. The theme was “spring soiree”. While nature is popping up and showing its face, it’s time for us to shake off our winter hibernation and do the same. Spring is the perfect time to reconnect with friends and feature some of the best the season has to offer. The class was a
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yam bam

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Categories: Veggies and Sides, Sauces and Such, Dinner for Two, Supper, Dinner Party, Lunch, Breakfast/Brunch, Posted on March 15, 2017 by Sandy Bergsten
​I am completely smitten with these sweet potatoes. I could eat them every day. Truth be told, some days I do. The play between the puff inside verses the crunch outside is heavenly. Then to push it up a notch, these hot wedges get a drizzle of sriracha crème fraiche. Think sweet heat. You’ll be amazed how easy they are to make. Since sweet
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sage advice

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Categories: Grains and Pasta, Veggies and Sides, Dinner for Two, Supper, Dinner Party, Posted on February 6, 2017 by Sandy Bergsten
This year I decided to get a head start on my new year resolutions. Since November I’ve been slowly chipping away at them. I must admit some are going better than others. I’m making real inroads in purging my home of clutter. My goal by the end 0f 2017 is to have all extra drawers and closets completely empty. And I’m trying to do it mindfully
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unwrap this

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Categories: Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Eggs, Veggies and Sides, Lunch, Breakfast/Brunch, Posted on December 25, 2016 by Sandy Bergsten
This Christmas morning I served up one of the best breakfast brunches of all time. A while back I stumbled upon a recipe for hash using leftover stuffing from the night before. I thought how incredible this would this be with my grandmother’s sausage stuffing topped with poached eggs. But let’s be serious who has the time or wherewithal to whip up
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taking sides

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Categories: Veggies and Sides, Sauces and Such, Supper, Dinner Party, Posted on November 13, 2016 by Sandy Bergsten
Many Americans find themselves facing a big decision… what side dishes to serve with their Thanksgiving turkey. Despite all that is going on, the meal must also go on. This holiday season with all that’s in in the air you might want to keep things on the simple side. Here are a few of my favorites for you to consider. Each one can be made well in
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skinny on this

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Categories: Veggies and Sides, Supper, Dinner Party, Posted on October 30, 2016 by Sandy Bergsten
On the news they said that this week is the least that you will weigh all year long. Well if that’s not enough to put the fright into your Halloween I don’t know what is? This past summer the vet said I had to put my little Norwich terrier on a drastic diet. He’s down from 18.6 pounds to 15.4. I had lofty goals that we would both be lean and mean
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in a pickle

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Categories: Salads and Dressings, Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Veggies and Sides, Sauces and Such, Posted on October 4, 2016 by Sandy Bergsten
I have to be honest- my past experience with Ball jars was to either use one as a vase or as a glass for a dark and stormy. Never in my wildest dreams would I ever consider actually canning something. I was afraid that I wouldn’t sterilize the jars properly, seal the lids correctly, and whoever consumed what was in them might
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don’t rest on your laurels

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Categories: Grains and Pasta, Veggies and Sides, Supper, Dinner Party, Posted on May 27, 2016 by Sandy Bergsten
Some times life contains a lot of “too”, as in “and she cooks too”. The national flower show I was co-chairing blew in like a southern storm, then shone brightly on our city, and left as quickly as it came. It was such an incredible event. We had twenty-six judges come in from around the country to judge over two hundred horticulture, floral design
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chop chop

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Categories: Salads and Dressings, Veggies and Sides, Supper, Dinner Party, Lunch, Posted on May 7, 2016 by Sandy Bergsten
Here’s a fresh and vibrant salad that I am going to convert into a side dish. I got the recipe in my daily feed from Bon Appétit; after a couple tweaks it’s sure to be my wingman throughout the summer. While it makes a tremendous luncheon salad, I love it alongside grilled fish, chicken and meat. Because it’s as easy to make as it is fresh
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pearls of wisdom

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Categories: Grains and Pasta, Veggies and Sides, Supper, Dinner Party, Sources, Fête Fact, Posted on February 27, 2016 by Sandy Bergsten
Want to whip up something extraordinary in no time flat? Simply toss some out of the ordinary ingredients together to create a dish that is sure to impress. If you’ve never tried Israeli couscous you are missing out. Sometimes called pearl couscous or ptitm, these small, round, pasta-like granules are made from semolina and wheat flour. Unlike
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