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bananie Jan 5, 2007 01:01 AM

I need help with some different ideas for a ladies lunch. It will be small, just me, my mother, aunt and sister. All I can think of is a nice salad and quiche, or maybe salad and soup. Any good recipes or other interesting ideas? Maybe a tea type theme? Thanks, as always!

  1. chowser Jan 5, 2007 06:24 PM

    I love paninis for afternoon lunches. Fresh mozzerella, tomatoes, basil, prosciutto on good bread (maybe the no knead bread!). People can custom make them. That, soup, green salad for a simple lunch. And, brownies. Somehow brownies are always a good addition.

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      lisaf Jan 5, 2007 06:01 PM

      You could always do a nice entree salad, like shrimp or crab louis; chicken casaer salad, or grilled salmon on mixed greens or baby spinach. Get some crusty baquette and an olive oil dipping sauce with some garlic and balsamic vinegar.

      You could also do soup in a bread bowl. Clam chowder or chili work best.

      1. Funwithfood Jan 5, 2007 04:50 PM

        Epicurious has a recipe for fried (goat I think) cheese and a salad that looks beautiful and is highly rated. Glazed berries (with a hard/shiny sugar coating) would be lovely for a light dessert.

        1. LaLa Jan 5, 2007 04:11 PM

          Some fruit would be a lovely addition.

          http://www.shoplateda.com

          1. bryan Jan 5, 2007 08:05 AM

            If you do decide on tea sandwiches, I like to use a slice of wheat and a slice of white for various ones. Makes a nice contrast. Often I'll make cucumber sandwiches and nice unassuming chicken salad sandwiches to go side by side. It's country club, but it works. Dark pumpernickle and light rye is nice for egg salad too. You can take a bagel and cut it into rounds - you'll have leftovers for croutons, and top w/ chive cream cheese and smoked salmon - a little dill or chives is nice on top - or you can guild the lilly w/ a touch of caviar.

            Edited to say that the great thing about the first mentioned sandwiches, is you may make them in advance and cover w/ a slightly damp tea towel. So if you want to make a last minute desert, you're golden. Good luck. Let us know how it comes out.

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              jcanncuk Jan 5, 2007 01:04 AM

              What about tea? Little sandwiches - get creative rather than traditional. Fresh scones, clotted cream, good strawberry jam, some fresh squares for dessert. Yum.

              If you want a change from quiche, but along the same lines, what about a cheese souffle with a salad? Mmmmmmm.

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