Cookbook Club Luncheon: A Meal for the Soul

May 9, 2016, posted by Gina – Last week I had the pleasure of attending my monthly Cookbook Club luncheon. Our hostess chose typical brunch items for our meal and it was a wonderful treat.  These are the last dishes we’ll be cooking out of the Barefoot Contessa Cookbooks as we’ll be moving on to a new cookbook in the Fall. Ina Garten (a.k.a. Barefoot Contessa) is a true treasure for the everyday home cook. Her recipes are straight forward and always delicious. I truly recommend just about any of her recipes.

Here was our menu with links to each recipe. The first four recipes are from Barefoot Contessa Family Style :

Slow-cooked Scrambled Eggs with Fresh Herbs and Goat Cheese 

Smoked Salmon Frittata

Hashed Browns

Honey Vanilla Yogurt with Fresh Fruit

Grilled Lemon Chicken Salad, from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, pg. 99 (sorry, we could not track down this recipe online)

My favorite dish of the day was the Grilled Lemon Chicken Salad.  This is so fresh and light. The lady who made it substituted asparagus for the snap peas and it worked so well that I will definitely do the same the next time I make this salad.

food collage

The hostess set her tables with her mother’s china mixed with some beautiful Annie Glass and antique gold wooden chargers.  The orange flowers were a cheerful reminder that Spring and Summer are here. Her monogrammed napkins were a nice finishing touch on the beautiful place settings.



My Cookbook Club breaks for the summer.  When we return in September, I will be the hostess and we will be working out of Southern Sideboards, from the Junior League of Jackson, Mississippi, through December. This cookbook was first printed in the 1970’s but was so popular it went through 16 reprints over 20 years. As you can imagine there are some amazing recipes to try and it will be fun going a little old school. Then in January we will start cooking out of Come On In, also from the Junior League of Jackson, Mississippi.

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