I have a sort of new tradition with my friends where I host "crappy" dinner parties. They're "crappy" in the sense that I am not going to worry over-much about how clean the house is, and the plates will be paper, and you have to bring your own wine, and hopefully some amazing specialty of your own to share -- there's no formal seating, and things will probably start loose and stay loose. ANYWAY. Last time we had a crappy dinner party I got a wild hair to make paella. I had a lb of bomba rice from Kalustyan's in NYC, but you can use arborio. I made up the recipe from looking at several different ones online and adapting for not having a real paella pan. It came out ridic -- a showstopper. It will stay ridic for a good amount of time too as long as you cover it tightly, so you can finish it and put it to the side for a bit. The leftovers are also sooo good. Labor-intensive but fun and worth it. We were having so much fun I forgot to take a picture of the finished product.