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Your Must Have Thanksgiving Dish is?

18 Nov

We are winding down, Thanksgiving is next week; so get your mind-set that the supermarkets, butchers and bakeries are going to be packed!

No need to think it’s going to be an in and out kind of day; everyone is on a mission.

For Thanksgiving Day, you may have a full house or you may say skip all that and made reservations at your favorite restaurant.

No matter what you decide, there’s that must Thanksgiving dish, you have to have!

Ok!  Back to MY must have dish, sweet potato souffle, passed down from generation to generation!  It’s the best!

I won’t be able to give you my recipe; in fear of my life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

However, I did find a similar recipe with a twist:


The video was taped during the Wine & Food Festival held in NYC this past October, it was great fun!  Do try to make it next year!

So what about you, what is the one item you MUST have for Thanksgiving?

Letia 🙂

FoodNetworkTV’ Channel via YouTube, photograph provided by fragrantvanillacake.blogspot.com  

Wine & Food Fesitival: Brunch with the Neelys at their Barbecue Parlor in NYC!

1 Oct

The fourth annual Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Food & Wine takes place September 29 – October 2, 2011. Once again, 100% of the net proceeds of the Festival benefit charity.

The Festival is hosted by and benefits the Food Bank For New York City, fighting hunger in the five boroughs; and Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit working to end childhood hunger in America.

In 2010, the Festival raised more than $1.2 million for these charities, helping them better provide for those they serve and closing the gap on hunger in our country.

To help the cause, two of my favorite people, Pat and Gina Neely closed their NYC restaurant, Neely’s Barbecue Parlor and held a beautiful brunch today! The event sponsored by Tropicana and Corona Extra allowed their fans, family and food connoisseurs to help in the cause to raise money to fight hunger.

The menu displayed all the fixings that Pat and Gina have cooked on their Food Network show, Down Home with the Neelys, their cookbooks and family pass down recipes.  Their restaurant is located at 1125 First Ave. New York, NY 10065  212-832-1551 http://neelysbbqparlor.com/

The restaurant opened on 7/11/2011 and the reviews have been fantastic. When entering you feel like you’re home .  “A parlor is not stuffy, it’s supposed to be family”, Gina says.

There are warm wood tones, beautiful wrought iron patterned staircases and a red chandelier which catches your eye! <I said WOW!>  The windows also have the same wrought iron pattern, letting you know the design was carefully thought out.

The seating is comfortable, with the expectancy you are going to stay awhile…be comfortable!  Rooms are divided with a different feel, the wall paper defines it; for each room has a different pattern.  It sets an earthyiness and relaxing tone!

They have just completed their latest cookbook, The Neely’s Celebration Cookbook: Down Home Meals for Every Occasion, will be released in November.   They both are really excited about it.  There are a total of 120 recipes!!!!!

They have also partnered with Kraft for their Kraft Fight Hunger campaign. If you have a Facebook page, go to the Kraft Fight Hunger page and click the LIKE button, Kraft will give a meal for a child.

Now back to the brunch, the menu was superb!

To Start:

  •  Fried green tomatoes with Vidalia Onion Relish
  • Fresh Seasonal Fruit Compote
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Candied Thick Cut Slab Bacon    <——— can’t stop thinking about it!!!!  Gina and Pat were laughing, the Bacon will have you saying OINK!  It is so good!..


  • BBQ Spiced Seared Farm Raised Catfish with Eggs and Wilted Spinach
  • Pat’s Beer Can Chicken
  • “Wet” Memphis Ribs
  • Gina’s Kitchen Sink Quiche
  • Homemade Biscuits with Cream Gravy
  • Hush Puppies
  • Southern Creamed Corn
  • Spicy Pinto Beans with Burnt Ends  <———- had some kick to it!!!

To Finish

  • Blackberry Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream  <—–  WOW!
  • Mississippi Mud Pie with Rich Chocolate Sauce
  • Assorted Wines, Bellini and pomegranate Sour

The atmosphere had a happy buzz, family style, which gave you the opportunity to talk to the person sitting right next to you!  Food does that and good food does it even more!

The manager on hand, Alex Mitow was quite charming and made sure everyone was attended to!  While the fabulous general manager, Chris was making sure things stayed calm! The brunch was very, very nice and I met some wonderful people!

I was so into the food that I found my self daydreaming, thinking maybe…just maybe, I could cook one of the entrees!   I said maybe! Never mind!

If you are interested in the Wine & Food Festival, make sure to look out for the event next year!

Even if you cannot attend, think about giving.  Every dollar donated to the Food Bank helps provide five meals to New Yorkers in need.  If not this organization; you choose one to help in some way!

Here are some photos…please note there are no dessert photos, do I have to say why?  LOL

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Now if you are thinking about BARBECUE!!! And you are in NYC, please visit the Neely restaurant!  I guarantee you, you wont be disappointed at all!

And pssst!  Fellas, there’s a cigar parlor downstairs too!   Ssssh!

Letia 🙂

Photos by Neelys  Barbecue Parlor and Letia Mitchell LifeStyle and Design,

Taking Your Lunch in Style!

16 Feb

“I’ve been brown bagging it! Every morning, making my lunch! It’s boring!  I don’t want to carry a kid lunch tote!  Do you have any  recommendations? Donna from Brooklyn, NY

Like many, you have decided to forgo the highly priced lunches and brown bag it to save money.

I also have done the same thing!  By taking my lunch for 2 – 3 days out of the week, I’m able to put 6 more gallons of gas in the car!

Bringing your lunch….it’s really cool to do so.    And now there are many companies who would like to promote your sandwich in a fashionable stylish way!<smile>.

In late December, I myself did too buy a lunch tote from the Container Store by BUILT NY!

They are known for their stylish laptop slings bags, but have also provided the same fashion statement with their lunch totes.  They also have a lunch combo pack, where you have a lunch tote and bottle holder.

I would recommend you to go to their site and see if you see something you like! http://www.builtny.com/lunch-main-cat.html

After browsing, remember the totes can be used not only for lunch…..baby bottle warmer, hold ice packs and even keeping straight out of the oven muffins warm too!

I hope your brown bagging becomes more fun!  Also, go to www.foodnetwork.com for some great “lunch bag” recipes too!

Letia 🙂


http://www.containerstore.com, Built NY Gourmet Getaway Tote TM Tote.

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