Summer Luncheon 2011

‘Tis the season for a fun festive luncheon. I love having ladies over for lunch, and a friend’s birthday seemed like the perfect occasion. Since it’s Summer in Texas, we needed something light and fresh. I made the Strawberry Tomato Mozzarella salad that Christina made a few weeks. It really was delicious and very quick and easy to prepare. My friend Anna brought a green salad and rolls. For the main dish I made a goat cheese tart. The great thing about the tart is that it can be served at room temperature. The only thing I wasn’t very fond of was the crust, so I’m not putting a crust recipe here. Normally I use a ready to bake crust, and last week I tried this recipe again with a phyllo crust. The phyllo was amazing. I just used 8 sheets of phyllo and baked normally. Perfect!!

Back to the luncheon. I think the keys to a successful luncheon are to invite people whose company you really enjoy, and to accept help when people offer. There’s something very relaxing about not worrying about everything! The fact that I knew that Anna was going to be at my house early to help set up helped me remain stress free.

The other thing that I really love about having people over is that it makes me tidy up the house. I should probably do it every week!! This is a picture of the party favors. If you’re local to San Antonio, or if you’re just here for a visit, make sure to check out Choicolate. Awesome handmade chocolates, and the best service. Ever!

Come back on Thursday and I’ll show you what we had for dessert!

Goat Cheese Tart with Caramelized Onions


  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 c. cream
  • 8 oz. goat cheese, cut into small pieces
  • 2 onions, caramelized
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp nutmeg


  1. Line a tart pan with a removable bottom with a pie crust or phyllo dough.
  2. Mix together cheese, eggs, cream, onions, parsley and nutmeg.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Fill lined tart pan with egg mixture. Bake at 350º for 25-30 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes and remove from pan

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  1. Hi! So glad to have found your site via Tip Junkie. This brunch idea (and your delicious dish ideas) makes me wonder why we all don’t throw more brunch parties?!

  2. Oops, it’s a luncheon! My mistake…but would make a fabulous brunch, too, don’t you think?