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O Organics White Tortilla Chips

I recently brought O Organics White Tortilla Chips to a party.  They were a HIT.  Gone in minutes.

Was it the fact they are over 95% organic?

Was it because they are lightly fried to a perfect crispness?

Was it thanks to their perfect level of saltiness?

Or was it simply a good ol’ case of the munchies?

We will never know.  But does it matter?

“Pick Your Nose” Paper Cups for a Party

Pick Your Nose Cups are the best thing I’ve seen this week.

Who knows how to liven up a party? YOU do! Each of these photo-?realistic paper cups comes emblazoned with a new nose. When ?you tip your head to take a drink – voila – you get an instant nose ?job, and a chuckle from the crowd. Remember, never turn your nose ?up at a good laugh!

  1. There are 24 12-oz. cups in each pack, evenly ?divided between male and female proboscises (errr, noses).
  2. Packed ?in a nice clear box.

Sirtified, $9

POM Pomegranate Margaritas, Salt-Kissed

Whip up a batch of pomegranate margaritas to greet guests during the holidays.  I guarantee everyone will have more fun, sooner!

POM makes fabulous pomegranate juice that’s pretty widely available.  To delight anyone who doesn’t care for a margarita (or is underage), serve it plain or mixed some freshly-squeezed lime juice over ice.

POM Pomegranate Margaritas for 4

Adapted from Southern Living‘s Pomegranate Margaritas

What I Changed (Reflected Here) and Why: Omitted the simple syrup because I hate cocktails that are overly sweet and because making simple syrup seemed like extra work; Maintained liquidity by shaking with ice a bit longer; Rubbed cocktail glass rims with salt.

1 1/2  cups POM pomegranate juice
3/4  cup  tequila
1/2  cup  fresh lime juice (about 6 limes)
1/4  cup  orange liqueur (such as Triple Sec)
Ice cubes

1. Combine pomegranate juice with next 3 ingredients in a pitcher. (This can be done ahead of time.)

2. Rub the rims of 4 cocktail glasses with a wedge of lime and, one at a time, tip upside down into a plate with a shallow level of salt.  Twist cocktail glass until coated, then stand upright.

3. Just before serving, pour desired amount of pomegranate juice mixture into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Cover with lid, and shake 45 seconds.

4. Remove lid, and strain into chilled cocktail glasses. Repeat procedure with remaining pomegranate mixture.

Recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.  You know, if you’re expecting a crowd.

Holiday Party Invitations, Minnie&Emma

The perfect invitations for your holiday party from Minnie&Emma, with cute envelopes to boot.

I want to be the girl on the right with the bubble skirt.  Hopefully the snacks are on that side of the room.

Minnie&Emma, 20 cards for $60 (Friends & Family Sale, 25% off your entire order with Code F2008, through 12/11/08)

Gift: Bamboo Straws from Laos, Fair Trade

Bamboo Party Straws are an eco-conscious gift because they’re made from nature and replace disposable straws.

They are a global-justice-conscious gift because they are Fair Trade.

They’re also a fun gift:

In Laos, the Khamu use bamboo straws during festivals and special occasions. They place a pottery jar full of a local brewed alcohol on the ground and drink it with these straws at a length of 1 meter long.

Gift them so someone who loves to host parties (and invites you to them).

Global Exchange Fair Trade Online Store, $16.95 for 12 straws in a handwoven cotton bag

Casserole Crazy Cook-Off in Brooklyn

Tomorrow night I am going to a party. A party with a lot of rules. But also prizes.

I’ve got my casserole dish washed and ready two-thirds full of bacon cornbread, leftover from last night.

I’ve got my recipe perfected vaguely sorted out in my head, though I’ll inevitably change much of it as I cook.

I’ve got the ingredients lined up on the counter shelves of the grocery store, where I am going now.

Wish me luck.

Party Spread: Labels are helpful

When I throw a party, I like to label the foods in the spread. On a basic level, this communicates to everyone what the foods are (which is especially appreciated by any guests with allergies).

Moreover, labels are a convenient way to show off to your friends certain ingredients or recipe techniques. Certainly not everyone cares enough about food/cooking to do this, but in a circle of friends where crystallized orange peels and homemade crackers could be impressive and/or interesting, labels are good to use.

With labels, you don’t have to spend the party repeating yourself over and over, or trying to remember to tell someone that the dip has ham in itwhoops, too late— is miraculously vegetarian.

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