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Ladie’s Luncheon

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I had so many friends help us move out of our old home and into our new home that I wanted to thank them all by throwing a lunch for them! I tried my hardest to keep it simple and CASUAL- so bottled sodas and a simple lunch were the way to go.img_6740

I had all of the salad plates set up with a wedge salad when my friends arrived- iceberg lettuce, crumbled bacon, diced tomatoes, bleu cheese and topped with ranch dressing. The perfect starter for a light lunch.

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As they finished their salads we cleared their salad plates and brought them grilled cheese sandwiches made with cheddar and mozzarella cheeses and spread with an herbed butter- 1/2 c. softened butter blended with 1 tsp. lemon lemon juice, 1 T. diced fresh parsley, 1 t. diced garlic and salt and pepper to taste. The tomato soup stole the show though- fresh tomatoes blended with cream and served hot.

Cream of Fresh Tomato Soup

3 T. olive oil                                                                                        1 T. tomato paste

1 1/2 c. chopped red onions (2 onions)                                          1/4 c. packed fresh basil leaves

2 carrots, unpeeled and chopped                                                    3 c. chicken stock or chicken broth

1 T. minced garlic (3 cloves)                                                             1 T. salt

2 large vine-ripened tomatoes, coarsely  chopped                      2 t. ground black pepper

1 1/2 t. sugar                                                                                        3/4 c. heavy cream

Heat the olive oil in large, heavy bottomed pot over medium-low heat. Add the onions and carrots and sauce for about 10 min., until very tender. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, sugar, tomato paste, basil, chicken stock, salt and pepper and stir well. Bring the soup to a boil, lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30-40 min., until tomatoes are very tender.

Add the cream to the soup and process in a blender or food processor.

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Serving 14 women was kind of tricky getting us all into the same room but 2 tables held us perfectly and we were still close enough to talk. Putting a tablecloth onto an 8 ft. card table was the perfect solution.

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We ended the lunch with snickerdoodle ice-cream sandwiches- something small and sweet!

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Around Eatery Food Styling

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Around Eatery is a fast casual restaurant opening this spring in Holladay and and another location soon thereafter in Lehi. Styling these food items was so much fun because the ingredients they use are healthy but creative, colorful and delicious! Which made making them look good on camera a cinch.

What I love the most about their menu is that they offer a hint of familiarity with a fancy twist. This might look like your typical tomato and mozzarella sandwich but it’s called the Veggitalian and in addition to the tomato and mozzarella they’ve added ricotta, smoked provolone, red peppers and toasted pine nuts on fresh baked focaccia- so yum!!

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The Porker- no explanation needed.

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Chicken Ranch Coconut Pita- the dressing is a coconut ranch- so unique and so good!

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They make these pretzels from scratch everyday for their Pretzel Grilled Cheese filled with local cheeses and a slow-cooked tomato jam. It’s literally like biting into a grilled cheese sandwich that’s been dipped into tomato soup- the perfect pairing.

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Their Cobb Salad is almost too pretty to eat.

food12 This is the Asian Kale Salad- delicious topped with shredded pork.

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Moroccan Chickpea Kale soup- vibrant and satisfying.

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And they serve breakfast!! Hot blueberry honey oatmeal- mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

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I saved the best for last- this Brioche French Toast Bananas Foster is possibly the best thing I’ve ever eaten. Every bite I took was like a party in my mouth. It will for sure be the first thing I order when they open!!

I couldn’t give away all of their surprises but I promise you won’t be disappointed with a single menu item. Your welcome in advance:)