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New Year's Eve Party Food: Reheated

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New Year's Eve Party Food: Reheated

SamuelAt | Jan 8, 2016 06:00 PM

After a slow season for holiday parties, my GF and I were delighted to be invited to a "New Year's Blowout" party by our friend "Roz". "Roz" had mentioned a Christmas party, but was "too busy shopping, as it turns out" to have one. We understood, but as a click, my other friends and I wish we had known, since we would have had a party.

Work parties, even with some of the same people, are not the same, since there's a controlled environment by our employer, who warns us not to "have too much to drink since Beth will be there" (our boss's boss.)

So, on New Year's Eve, my GF and I arrived to "Roz's" and were warmly greeted by "Roz", but less so by her BF "Jim" who had perhaps had a spat with Roz (?) and was on the couch with a can of beer and sulky.

This was a "Pot Luck" so we were asked to "bring a dish, and be creative" My GF brought Crudites on a platter, having already ruled out Swedish Meatballs, or a hot dip which she calculated would be what most brought. She also had a special dip - her own invention - which was a centerpiece along with not just the usual suspects on the vegetable plate (jicama, large white beans, and fennel were some "new ideas".)

When we walked in, "Roz" did not see what we brought because it was covered. Later, when we revealed it, "Roz" said "Oh, a soup starter, but we're not making soup tonight, food is meant to be eaten right away!". My GF laughed, and said, "Oh no, this is Crudites, and try my dip", but "Roz" said we should "put it out" and "Let people graze".

I'm not sure if "graze" was an insult, but we did just that, to make the case it was delicious.

Later, "Roz" mentioned to a friend "I can make soup with the leftovers", and it did seem to be neglected next to the other appetizers - but it was a cool night and perhaps the warm and heartier fare were just better suited.

We ignored this and had a decent night - glad we were not in Times Sqaure (!) watching the shows, and warmed by the libations and food, but my GF was irritated by a "thank you" note telling her that "Roz" had made some delicious vegetable soup with the leftovers, even if "Jim boiled hot dogs instead when she served it."

I know, "Roz" is rude, but I told my GF to lighten up, and be glad the food went to good use. Now she is mad at me.

What do you guys think?

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