I always say that if you want to be fed well, become friends with food writers. @seantimberlake's annual New Year's Day BLT Brunch is the quintessential example of this. Here's what he (and his husband Paul) had to offer at their BLT extravaganza.
  1. Booze - mostly sparkling plus some mixers.
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    And some wine. Also a bottle of sparkling nonalcoholic cider that I brought. I think I might have been the only one to drink it though.
  2. Coffee
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    After all, it is a New Year's DAY brunch. Folks are going to be hungover.
  3. Sichuan Bacon
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    10 pounds of it. Home cured five-spice Sichuan bacon smoked over Japanese plum wood. If you're going to make bacon for a party, go all out! (Recipe can be found at http://foodpreservation.about.com/od/Salt-Cure/r/Sichuan-Bacon-Recipe.htm )
  4. Lettuce
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    Iceberg of course. It's the lettuce of choice for a classic BLT.
  5. Oil packed dried tomatoes
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    Sean and Paul do a massive tomato canning project over the summertime where they process 100 pounds of tomatoes. We get to eat some of the product of their labor!
  6. Tomato jam
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    More product from their summer tomato-fest.
  7. Pullman's loaf bread
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    Paul is the baker. He made 6 loaves for the party!
  8. Plus extra condiments of your choice for the BLT
    Mustard and mayo. I didn't bother to take photos.
  9. Black eyed peas
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    The dish, not the band with Fergie. Its traditional for the New Year's right?
  10. Collard Greens
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    Salty delicious collard greens. So good!
  11. All served on adorable plates
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    Sean and Paul collect this pattern. It's so cute!
  12. This is my BLT
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    I didn't let my bread toast enough because I was impatient and there was a line of folks waiting for the toaster. But otherwise it was perfection.
  13. Also there was a great Brussels sprout salad and cookies that other people had brought to the party.
    I didn't photograph these either. I was too busy stuffing my face.
  14. Yay Sean and Paul!
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    The hosts extraordinaire! Thanks for having @AJ and me over for your amazing New Year's Day BLT brunch. Happy New Years to you all!