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Thanksgiving 2010 - in pictures

Dear readers,

I hope that you had a fantastic Thanksgiving holiday!  Can you believe that it was almost one week ago? 

I celebrated my favorite holiday of the year with my little sister + six friends at my apartment.  Cooking and hosting was a bit of an undertaking, but I actually enjoyed every laborious moment.  And speaking of, I'd like to share some of my favorite photos from each of the dishes that I prepared for Thanksgiving 2010.  Recipes to follow!

Read it & eat,

The Lunch Belle


My Thanksgiving guests nibbling on some hors d'oeuvresThe Lunch Belle's handmade tortilla chipsThe Lunch Belle's handmade tortilla chips and cold chile-con-queso, Xochitl SalsaPuff pastry-wrapped brie cheese, pistachios and preserves - note that the decoration on top of the pastry is a bowA look at the ooey, gooey interior of the puff pastry-wrapped briePan-seared turkey cutlets served with homemade gravy4-hour brisketMama's green bean casserole"White trash" pistachio salad


Gobble, gobble! 

The Thanksgiving meal prep-work has begun!

Dear readers,

Allow me to be the first to wish you and yours the happiest Thanksgiving!  I would love, nothing more, than to hear about your plans for the day-of and, most importantly, what will be served on your holiday table.  

As for me?  Well, I'll be spending my Thanksgiving as a first-time hostess, surrounded by eight dear friends and my lil' sister, who flew in from Los Angeles this morning.  Here's a look at what I'm serving - recipes to follow:

*Starred-items will be made by my guests


  • Cold chile-con-queso (dip), homemade tostados
  • Puff pastry-wrapped brie, four-fruits preserves


  • Pan-sautéed turkey breast cutlets, homemade gravy
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Brisket
  • Southern green-bean casserole
  • *Dana’s potatoes
  • *Ceci’s stuffing
  • "White trash" pistachio fruit salad
  • Biscuits, butter and preserves


  • *Pumpkin pie, apple-crumb pie


Read it & eat...and may your bellies be filled with an abundance of deliciousness,

The Lunch Belle 


Happy New Year!

To all of my fellow "tribe" members:

May your New Year be filled with an abundance of health, love, success, happiness and, most importantly, delicious culinary experiences.  Happy Rosh Hashanah to all!

שנה טובה ומתוקה

The Lunch Belle

P.S. Don't forget to eat apples n' honey for a sweet New year!


Saveur Magazine's Holiday Pot-Luck Dinner

Just after the preview party at The Wright (restaurant at the Guggenheim), Saveur Magazine's Holiday Pot-Luck Dinner was our second stop of the evening. Given an inconspicuous address on 32nd Street, we were led to an elevator via the lobby of a random office building. When the doors opened on to the 12th floor, we found ourselves in Saveur's weekday work space, which had been transformed in to a culinary labyrinth.  Upon turning each corner of the pseudo-maze, delicious surprises were divulged in the form of a sweet hors d'oeuvre (think Pichet Ong's chocolate cupcakes with caramel-bacon buttercream), or the pot-luck creation being plated by its celebrity-chef mastermind. 

Aside from the cupcakes mentioned above, some of my favorite samples included:


From the left: Saveur Magazine's publisher, Merri Lee Kingsley, poses for a photo. *Check out the smiling local-yokel just behind her in the charcoal sweater...that's your's truly!


THIS, my friends, is a tangible piece of heaven. Note the crunchy, chopped pieces of bacon and delicate sprinkle of sea salt crowning the top of the caramel buttercream schmear.