odds are

entertaining with style- making it work for you
Categories: Sources, Setting the Stage, Posted on June 26, 2016 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
The past few months I’ve been on the flower show circuit as a photography judge. Walking through the floral design entries I’m continually blown away by their sheer beauty, creativity and inventiveness. Flower shows for me are what five-star restaurants are to others. I’d love to try to replicate what
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sweetie pie

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Desserts, Dinner for Two, Supper, Dinner Party, Lunch, Sources, Fête Fact, Posted on June 11, 2016 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (3)
Lately my husband has been such a sweetheart I thought I’d bake him a pie. Wait a minute- me make a homemade pie? Those of you who know me know that I’m not very skilled when it comes to baking. But just because I’m not terribly accomplished at something doesn’t
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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 - Comments (5)
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
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chop chop

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Veggies and Sides, Supper, Dinner Party, Lunch, Posted on May 7, 2016 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (4)
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
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top this

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Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Sources, Posted on April 23, 2016 by Sandy Bergsten
​Need a fresh app in a flash? Try this spin-off of grilled flatbread with lightly seasoned cucumber, creamy burrata, and slivered basil. Forego the grill by picking up a box of amazing pita crackers. In less than five minutes you’ll have a crispy, creamy, bright and fresh appetizer that will
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slice of southern

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Categories: Desserts, Supper, Dinner Party, Fête Fact, Posted on April 10, 2016 by Sandy Bergsten
What in the world happened to spring? I just arrived home from meetings in Savannah only to find my daffodils covered in sleet. Snow is in the forecast and the temps are plunging into the 20s. I thought those dark dank days of walking my dog were over. Time to
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get to the point

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Lunch, Breakfast/Brunch, Sources, Posted on March 26, 2016 by Sandy Bergsten
The inn is full for Easter! With hikers, bikers, sun seekers, and sleepers- breakfast for a crew can be a challenge. Out in California “toast” continues to reign. So I figured I would hop on that train and make it the centerpiece of my Saturday breakfast/brunch/lunch. A grab-and-go affair that
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dolce vita

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Sauces and Such, Desserts, Supper, Dinner Party, Sources, Posted on March 13, 2016 by Sandy Bergsten
One of the best parts of throwing a party is in the planning. I get a certain thrill when all the components begin to come together. From the menu to the seating chart, it’s a culinary “words with friends”. I knew I wanted to do something a little different for
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pearls of wisdom

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
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
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of course

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Categories: Salads and Dressings, Dinner Party, Sources, Fête Fact, Posted on February 13, 2016 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (3)
Want to elevate your next dinner party? Simply add a course. Easy to do when you offer a salad of mixed greens and an array of cheeses after the main. Notably French, a salad and cheese course is a wonderful way to extend the festivity, savor that last bit of
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