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Essential Recipes from our Mexican Dinner Party

Mexican food is not all tacos, salsas and margaritas, of course, but you sure… >

Essential Recipes from our
Mexican Dinner Party

Mexican food is not all tacos, salsas and margaritas, of course, but you sure couldn’t prove it by us. Those classic recipes are classics for a reason: they’re easy to make, go a long way, and are just so satisfying, i.e., tailor-made for a big fiesta. Without further ado: the mouth-watering dishes we whipped up for our Mexican dinner party with The New Potato.

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Classic Guacamole

WHAT YOU’LL NEED
4 ripe avocados
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1 tomato, finely chopped
1 lemon
Salt to taste
Hot sauce to taste 

HOW TO MAKE IT…
Mash the avocados together in a large bowl. Add in the chopped onion and tomato and mix well. Squeeze the juice of one lemon over the mixture, and add salt and a few splashes of hot sauce to taste. Mix well, transfer from the mixing bowl into a pretty serving bowl and serve with crispy tortilla chips or crudité.

 

Slow-Cooked Ancho Pork

WHAT YOU’LL NEED
3 dried ancho chilies, soaked in boiling water
1/2 cup of reserved soaking water
1/4 cup lime juice
2 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp chipotle
1 tbsp oregano
1/2 tbsp salt
4-5 lbs pork shoulder
1 red onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, smashed
2 bay leaves
1 can or bottle of beer

HOW TO MAKE IT…
Drain chilies, reserving 1/2 cup of the soaking water. Add chilies, water, lime juice, and spices to the bowl of a food processor and blend until smooth, creating a marinade. In a large container or bag, add the marinade and pork shoulder, making sure to completely cover the pork. Store in the refrigerator at least one hour, up to overnight.

In a large slow cooker, add the pork shoulder and any remaining marinade, onion, garlic, bay leaves and beer. Set the slow cooker to low, and let cook 5-6 hours. Once cooked, remove bay leaves and shred the meat using two forks. 

 

Pickled Onions

WHAT YOU’LL NEED
One red onion, sliced
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt

HOW TO MAKE IT…
Add all ingredients to a tightly lidded jar and stir to combine. Let sit at least one hour in the refrigerator.


Mango Salsa

WHAT YOU’LL NEED
2 champagne mangoes, peeled and diced
Juice from half a lime
Handful of cilantro, chopped
1/2 jalapeño or more to taste, finely chopped
1/2 tsp cumin
Salt and pepper to taste

HOW TO MAKE IT…
In a large bowl, toss all ingredients until mixed. Adjust seasoning to your taste.

 

Pork Tacos with Mango Salsa

WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Corn tortillas
Slow-Cooked Ancho Pork
Mango Salsa
Pickled Onions
Radish, thinly sliced
Cilantro, chopped
Lime wedges, for garnish

HOW TO MAKE IT…
To assemble tacos, warm your tortillas over open flame a few seconds on each side, using tongs to flip. If making mini tacos, use a small round cookie cutter to punch out your tortillas before warming. Serve immediately, or store the warm tortillas in a deep ceramic dish covered with a cloth or foil. Top each tortilla with the pork, radish, pickled onion, mango salsa and cilantro. Garnish with lime wedges and serve.

 

Classic Margarita

WHAT YOU’LL NEED
2 oz tequila
1 oz Cointreau
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
Salt and lime wedges, for garnish

HOW TO MAKE IT…
Using a wedge of lime, wet the rim of your glass and dip into a plate of salt. Add ice and set aside. In a cocktail shaker, add tequila, Cointreau, lime juice and ice. Shake vigorously and strain into glass. Garnish with extra lime.






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Now That’s Entertaining:
Our Favorite Kind of Fiesta

When we went to Mexico to shoot our May catalog, we were pretty darn excited… >

Now That’s Entertaining:
Our Favorite Kind of Fiesta

When we went to Mexico to shoot our May catalog, we were pretty darn excited. Besides the beautiful weather and can’t-stop-staring scenery, what we were really looking forward to was getting our fill of one of our favorite cuisines, straight from
the source. Back home, we couldn’t get Mexico’s fresh tortillas, savory salsas and succulent slow-roasted meats out of our cabezas, and thanks to our friends at
The New Potato, we didn’t have to. Danielle and Laura whipped up a dinner party
menu of can’t miss Mexican crowd-pleasers, a fiesta in the making for a group of amigas to enjoy together on a warm May night.

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Danielle in the Slub Scoop Tank and Paz Joggers, Laura in the Estrella Maxi Dress.



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Amp up the party vibe with a colorful table featuring lush flowers, mini-cacti and textural place settings (like the Pearl-Drop Dinnerware and Whitley Napkins).


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The Reina Chair is a perfect place to sip a cocktail.


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What’s better than mini pork tacos, spicy-sweet mango salsa and fresh guacamole?


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Pre-party prep: avocados in the Loreto Mixing Bowl and the
Sun Palette Barware at the ready.



Ready to get cooking? Get all of our dinner party recipes here. Need a soundtrack? We’ve got the perfect playlist, ready to go.


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Personal Styling:
Five Tees You Need

Few things feel better than giving the ol’ wardrobe a good spring cleaning. But… >

Personal Styling: Five Tees You Need

Few things feel better than giving the ol’ wardrobe a good spring cleaning. But after the keep-ditch-donate dust settles, one might find her closet a bit lacking in areas where there was once abundance. Enter Christina, our Personal Stylist extraordinaire, who has some tee-rific recommendations for topping off your tee-shirt drawer.

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1. No-Sweat Sweatshirt
"Sure, you could wear this hoodie to the gym, but wouldn’t it look fantastic with white jeans and sparkly slides?"

2. Boyish Charm
"As much as we love borrowing his tees, we love them even more when they’re
cut for us.”

3. Let-It-Show Layer
"Slipped under a cardi at work, on the beach, or running around town, a breezy tank keeps you cool and collected.”

4. Curated Classic
"When looking polished is necessary, but keeping things easy is key, this tee is the perfect throw-on-and-go number.”

5. Fresh-Picked Floral
"These flowers fall on the bolder side of sweet; in a nutshell, they’re made for summer.”



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#TuesdayShoesday:
Picnic-Ready Pumps

#TuesdayShoesday: Picnic-Ready Pumps

Spring picnic plans afoot? Pack up our Gingham Clogs and Pumps to go along with that wine and cheese. Spread your blanket on a sunny patch of grass, kick back and watch the blue skies go by.

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Make It Happen:
Strawberries in a Small Space

We know what you’re thinking: you’d love to grow your own produce, but darn it, you… >

Make It Happen: Strawberries in a Small Space

We know what you’re thinking: you’d love to grow your own produce, but darn it, you just don’t have the outdoor space. But before you resign yourself to another summer of suspiciously super-sized supermarket strawberries, consider green thumb Marie Viljoen, who turned her teeny Brooklyn terrace into an urban garden, and then penned a cookbook, 66 Square Feet: A Delicious Life, based on her experience. Marie generously provided a step-by-step guide to growing strawberries in a less-than-sprawling space. Follow her tips and you’ll be enjoying the perennial fruits, ahem, of your labor all summer long.

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“April is an excellent time to plant this undemanding fruit, whose first flush of berries will ripen around late May. Strawberries are perennials—they will return year after year. They also reproduce freely, so if you start with one or two plants, you’ll have a few dozen in a couple of years.”

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“When shopping for plants, look for the word “everbearing,” like the Alpine variety. This means that they will produce flowers and fruit throughout the year.”

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“Plant your strawberries in organic potting soil, in containers with drainage holes. They grow happily in containers as small as 6” across, but smaller pots mean you will need to divide and repot your plants more frequently; a 10” pot is more ideal. Place your newly planted strawberries in full sun, meaning six hours of direct sunlight.”

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“If critter control is an issue, protect the plants with a loose covering of chicken wire. This deters squirrels, cats and thieving blue jays.”

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“Feed the plants every week with a granular organic fertilizer, liquid seaweed or fish fertilizer (don’t worry, the smell only lasts a day!). Mix a small bit into the soil every time you harvest a flush of ripe berries. Water them thoroughly when the top half inch of soil is dry. This will be daily in summer—do not rely on rainfall for potted plants.”

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“Pick the berries when they are plump and a bright, scarlet red. They last longer if you include a short piece of stem.”

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“Savor them as a simple picnic dessert, or with a decadent splash of cold prosecco.”



 

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Thinking Pink
(and Mint and Lavender, Too)

Could be the warming temperatures, the brightening sun or the blue-again sky… >

Thinking Pink (and Mint and Lavender, Too)

Could be the warming temperatures, the brightening sun or the blue-again sky, but suddenly everything in our world is coming up pastels. To find out who else was feeling similarly peachy-keen, we asked our pals around the Home Office to share some of their personal pastel thingamajigs. Here’s the happy-go-lucky scoop.

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"My favorite pastel items remind me of home: these mini paper lanterns are from a Savannah flea market." 
— Halligan N., art director

"The stamps have been passed down through my family; most have come from old letters and postcards that my grandfather, who traveled quite a bit, sent to my grandmother. Some of the letters are mine now, and I have loved learning about my grandparents through their correspondence." 
— Christine K., prop stylist

"Mint reminds me of summers growing up on the beaches of Southern California. After playing in the water all day, we’d go to the ice cream parlor and I’d get two scoops of mint chocolate chip goodness in a waffle cone. It was a race against the heat to eat it before it melted all over my hands."
— Jen B., studio coordinator

"This vintage radio was handed down to me by my great auntie. She used to have fabulous dinner parties where it played all night in the background."
— Bryanna M., content marketing manager

"Every Easter, I look forward to two things: scouring our family room for handpainted eggs, and nearly cracking my teeth on handfuls (and handfuls) of Jordan almonds. The pink ones are the best!"
— Emily F., copywriter

"I used to live next-door to a woman who had an amazing collection of vintage things. I used to go over for tea and admire everything. Once, I told her I liked this comb and mirror set and she sent me home with it! She was very generous, and it always reminds me of that way of being in the world."
— Allison D., copywriter

"I lived on Lake Erie growing up, and almost every evening in the summer my parents and I would take a walks on the beach to collect sea glass. I keep jars of it in my apartment as a reminder of home."
— Maddie B., merchandiser

"About five years ago my older sister moved from Pennsylvania to Colorado and my mom and I drove her out there. We found the milkshake blender at a vintage shop on the way. Just so happens I love ice cream!"
— Katie H., stylist




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Make It Happen:
Flower Pots, Four Ways

Flower pots are so darn pretty—the brilliant colors, the crackly glazes—that… >

Make It Happen: Flower Pots, Four Ways

Flower pots are so darn pretty—the brilliant colors, the crackly glazes—that it seems a shame to let the plants they hold steal all the attention. If you’re looking for something different to do with those pots (or if your thumb just isn’t green enough to keep plants alive in them for long), take a look at the alternative uses we’ve dreamed up for your garden vessels that will guarantee they get the oohs and ahhs they so deserve.

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Use it to serve up those other greens, as in a leafy, lovely salad
(just be sure to line the pot with parchment paper first).


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Few sights are more welcome at a party than an icy, overflowing tub of tipples.


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In the mood for a mini DIY? Flip the pot upside down,
install a light kit and—voila!—insta-lamp.


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Already growing tiny succulents? Perfect. Nestle place cards into their
structured leaves for uncommonly pretty holders.





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A Collection Most Curious

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We’ve seen some pretty nifty collections from our magpie employees so far—travel pens, brooches and even faux food—but today we bring you the most curious one yet: flower frogs. Flower what? Yep, we had the same question. Flower frogs are what florists used to hold stems in place before floral foam was invented. Spiky, patinated and strangely beautiful, our creative director Carolyn has dozens of these antiques on display in her New Jersey lakefront home.


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“The obsession began with my grandma. She had a glass flower frog that she passed onto me. Since then, I’ve picked up one every time I’ve visited an antiques
shop on my travels.”



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“I love that they look like medieval torture devices, but are still somehow strikingly pretty. All of the different greens are just gorgeous.”

 

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“They are incredibly versatile. I use them as toothbrush holders, office organizers, jewelry stands, photo frames and, of course, for displaying flowers.”


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“Everyone has a collection in this house, even my dog, Mr. T. I’ve lost count of how many toys he’s in amassed in the four years he’s been a part of our family.”