Not Sad Desk Lunch

Party Leftovers Turn into Lunch

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As a defiant response to Sad Desk Lunches, the Food52 team works to keep our midday meals both interesting and pretty -- even if they're eaten while our eyes are on the screen. Each week, we'll be sharing our happiest desk lunches -- and we want to see yours, too.

Today, Assistant Editor Marian Bull makes a lunch out of leftovers.

Not Sad Desk Lunch from Food52

One thing your office kitchen and your home kitchen likely have in common: they'll be fully stocked with leftovers after a good party. And if you know what's up, you'll piece together a lunch from whatever is packed up in tupperware and cling wrap.

Last week, we hosted a Provisions preview party, and the leftover snacks became lunch the next day: ricotta, hummus, fancy crackers, and olives. It's essentially the summer version of a tricked-out turkey sandwich the day after Thanksgiving. And taking just one minute to prep lunch will make you feel better about breaking your food processor while attempting to make ten batches of hummus the day before.

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about 1 year ago Clou

I love your website. I love hearing about the work (fun) you have in the kitchen. I love the inspired recipes and meals. I do not love the pop-up ads that cover content. When they pop-up, I leave your site, which means I'm not seeing any of the other adds nor am I checking out "Provisions." Sorry, I'm leaving the site right now.


about 1 year ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

I'd really appreciate it if the FOOD52 staff would answer my question, set forth below, about how they broke a food processor making hummus. Thank you. ;o)


about 1 year ago Marian Bull

Marian is Food52's Associate Editor.

I was using a rickety, hand-me-down food processor that was on its last leg. Sorry, but I'm not sure what the model was!


over 1 year ago Hannah Nickerson

That hummus...I couldn't stay away.


over 1 year ago ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I love having leftovers from parties. They make the best impromptu lunches (and sometimes even dinners)!


over 1 year ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Do tell, please, how you broke a food processor while making hummus. What kind of food processor was it, and what was the nature of the damage? Is it reparable? I plan to make the Genius hummus this week for my sons who will be here at the same time for a glorious few days. I don't expect to make ten batches -- though these guys and their friends could probably put that much away -- but I am really curious about food processor durability. Both sons will be buying their own food processors within the next year or two, for making hummus, among other things, so I want to make sure they buy ones that are up to the task! Thank you. ;o)


over 1 year ago ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I haven't bought a food processor in years (actually I didn't strictly "buy" the one I had, because Cuisinart sent it to me and then deducted $3 from my pay for each project I did for them until I'd paid 1/3 the retail price). However, from my experience of using various brands in private kitchens, the only ones I would consider purchasing are Cuisinart and KitchenAid. The other brands I've used are not nearly as reliable or as sturdy, or have as strong of motors.


over 1 year ago Sarah Jampel

Sarah is Food52's assistant editor.

Those crackers were definitely worthy of the ricotta.