Golden Globes Life Lesson: Always Have a Bottle of Champagne Chilled

By Cate Wells

I haven’t learned much from celebrities in life (definitely not good relationship role models), but they do know how to throw a good party. This Sunday night is our chance to get a live peek into their revelry, and not just on some a B-list reality show. I’m talking about the 67th Annual Golden Globes presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and if you’ve never seen them, trust me, it’s way more fun and relaxed than the Academy Awards.

To watch the Oscars with friends, you need to get organized with movie-themed nibbles and even paper ballots to mark your predictions. To enjoy the Golden Globes, you need just one thing—a bottle of bubbly! (OK, a friend or two would help, as sparkling wine doesn’t really keep.) As you’ll see, the Hollywood Foreign Press knows that food and drink are a must for any gathering, so stars from film and tv are seated at round tables like at a dinner party. Viewers get to wonder what they are whispering to one another and watch as they consume copious amounts of champagne. And, not just any champagne, but Moët & Chandon—the official champagne of the event.

Even if you can’t afford the good stuff, start chilling a bottle of champagne today for Sunday eve and grab some non-famous girlfriends for the show. It starts at 8pm Eastern on January 7th. It’s important to remember that bubbly is not just for dewey-eyed couples. Every lady should always have a bottle of champagne chilled—you never know when you might have something to celebrate!

Salsa Verde with Roasted Tomatillos

By Cate Wells
Bored by the same old chip and dip routine? First lose any dips you might be dating, skip the store-bought salsa, then add some zest to your apps with my favorite green salsa. The star ingredient is tomatillos, green fruit with a papery husk that are related to tomatoes and gooseberries and have a tangy taste. If you don’t have a food processor, you can chop all ingredients more finely and mix by hand. And feel free to up the heat factor with more jalapenos and blend more finely. Like any salsa, it’s easy to make it to match your tastes.

3/4 pound tomatillos
1 bunch green onions
1 jalapeno pepper
1/2 cup cilantro

1. Preheat broiler. Prepare tomatillos: Remove papery husk and rinse well. Cut into quarters, or halves if large. Broil tomatillos for 5-8 minutes until soft and slightly blackened.
2. While tomatillos are broiling, prepare the green onions by removing dark green part and roots and jalapeno pepper by removing stem and seeds.
3. In food processor, blend tomatillos, green onions, peppers, and cilantro until coarsely chopped.

Host a Perfect Party: Holiday Cookie Exchange

by Cate Wells

Cookies packaged to exchange‘Tis the season for a girls-only get-together: no drama of who will be your plus one, no office hijinks, no dressing to impress, and no healthy food. We all love to bake but who has time or patience to crank out a variety of cookies for a magazine-worthy display tray? I’m lucky enough to know an organized lady who has kept a Holiday Cookie Exchange tradition going strong for 16 years now. (Thanks Aunt Wendy!) Every guest brings one type of treat but you all go home with a variety sweet drops, bars, and truffles—so you get to become your neighborhood’s new Sugar Mama.

Holiday cookiesYou’re Invited . . .
When: During the holiday season—whether you celebrate Christmukkah or Kwanzaa.
Where: At the home of a hostess with the mostess.
Who: The more ladies invited, the more everyone has to bake so consider a guest list of 6-12 people and be sure to get firm RSVPs.
How: Ask each guest to bring one dozen wrapped for each person plus one extra dozen for nibbling. Supplement some savory snacks and drinks, music, and voila! Festive packaging also doubles as decoration.