Because I love Christmas
and Bite-Sized Foods,
every year, I throw a holiday party.
I ask guests to bring unwrapped toys, which get delivered to the San Francisco Fire Department's Annual Toy Drive post-party.
The thought of kids getting these toys simultaneously breaks and warms my heart. It feels like the least, the very least, that I can do in a season when I’m so continually reminded of how incredibly lucky I am, and how grateful I am (and should be) for everything in my life.
Sigh. I've really got to start volunteering again. It's time. Well past, actually.
Anyway, that’s how the holiday party works. I invite friends over. I feed them and ply them with drinks. And in exchange, they bring toys. Lots and lots of toys.
I think it’s a pretty good deal.
Kate's "2011 Ploy to Meet a Firefighter" Holiday Party Menu
Nuts, Olives, Spiced Chickpeas (The chickpeas were an experiment and a fail. Oh well.)
Spicy Spinach Dip & Crudites & Crackers
Christmas Torta & Crackers (Torta = layered goat cheese, pesto, pureed sun-dried tomato)
Spicy Chicken Tortilla Cups (This empanada filling, in Tostitos Scoops, with melted pepperjack on top)
Peanut Butter & Ganache Cookies (except instead of the "fudge", I did a basic ganache)
Meyer Lemon Bars (Recipe forthcoming in another post, I promise)
Spiced Cider + Rum
Wine, Beer, Pellegrino
|It's a sign of a good party when I have to refresh the tray of clean wineglasses. Twice.|
|This party is always a great excuse to wear my grandmother's Christmas apron. Also, the pockets are super handy.|
Miracle on California Street?