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X-Files Season Finale Viewing Party

As we get ready for the final episode of season 10, we will be sharing some X-Files themed recipes that will help make your viewing party out of this world!

Wow (or perhaps repulse) your guests with this series of specimen-themed drinks and treats that taste waaaay better than they look. Your guests will be amazed that these aren’t only for display.

IMG_9098Taking inspiration from this post by Evil Mad Scientist we scoured the grocery store for ideas and inspiration.

You will need:

  • A selection of jars and other sealed glass containers.
  • A selection of canned fruits, broths, noodles, teas, etc. depending on what you want to combine.
  • Paper labels

Since we are all fans of bubble tea, our first thought was that we needed some tapioca pearls. We’re lucky enough to frequent a fabulous place called ViVi Bubble Tea and they were nice enough to give us a big scoop of already softened large, black pearls.

You can make your own by cooking 1 1/2 cups large black tapioca in boiling water for about 6 minutes. Then turn off heat, cover and let sit for 30 minutes. Make simple syrup by bringing a cup each of water and sugar to a boil.  Once all the sugar is dissolved, transfer the syrup to a bowl. Then drain the tapioca pearls and soak them in the simple syrup.X-Files specimen jars

For our specimens, we added the pearls to cucumber flavored Gatorade, and our homemade lychee tea.

Lychee tea


  • Black or green tea sweetened or unsweetened, your choice
  • Canned lychees in syrup
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Prepared tapioca pearls, strained from syrup
  • Ice if desired

Add the prepared tapioca pearls to the bottom of your jars and pour the tea over it. Add some of the lychee syrup and condensed sweetened milk to taste and ice if desired.  Attach the specimen label of your choice with a dab of glue.

X-Files specimen jars

For the other jars, we used: canned plums in some of their syrup, the remaining lychees in their syrup, canned herbal jelly from Asian market also in tea, chicken noodle soup we bought pre-made from the grocery store, black bean noodles sautéed with garlic, olive oil, basil and red pepper and chicken sausage in chicken broth.


From here the only limit is your imagination.  Any number of different canned fruits, pickled vegetables, soups and drinks can be combined for a colorful array of edible treats for your more adventurous guests to try.



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Mad Men Inspired Fare for the Modern Gal

MM CollageMad Men. We love the style. The booze, the décor, the food… or well, we WANT to love the food.

We love the look and the idea of the food – the eye-catching, bite-sized canapés with their olive and radish garnishes, the tangy creaminess of a good deviled egg, and even the occasional miniature hot dog floating in a sea of sweet and sour sauce.

But let’s be honest here… how much cream cheese and processed meat can one girl eat in the name of being social?!? Especially now that at least half, if not every 3rd person in your circle of friends is on the: eat-like-a-caveman-cauliflower-is-a-reasonable-substitute-for-all-food-groups-diet.  (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!)

For the next few weeks, during the run of this final season of Mad Men – yes, we are still trying to come to terms at the thought of a future with no Joan(!) – we are going to be running a series of recipes and tips on how to throw a totally modern and yet totally retro cocktail party, that ALL your friends will enjoy.

So without any further delay, here is the first recipe in our series so that you can enjoy all the food, and the fun, of the Mad Men era with decidedly less of the cream cheese that comes along with it!

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