A Goodbye to Summer Lunch

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“Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.” -Orson Welles

Yes. We hoard. When summer ends, we feel the need to layer our bellies with mounds of food, stockpiling for the long, cold winter. Squirrel-like, Lisa sniffs out and creates the finest food. Bear-like, I gather and make a cozy den for all to join.
Together, we create a memorable fall feast for 40 friends and family. Here’s how we did it…

THE FOOD
As people would be arriving at different times, we needed food that would hold well over a period of time. We steered clear of chicken and meat, opting for an assortment of salads, fish and sweet casseroles.

Strawberry Salad with Sugared Almonds
Broccoli Grape and Cranberry Salad
Chopped Greek Salad
Sweet Noodle Pudding
French Toast Soufflé with Candied Rice Krispies
Blintz Soufflé with Sweet Strawberry Sauce

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Dessert

The Best Fudgy Double Chocolate Layer Cake
Light Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
Creamy Blueberry Pie with Sweet Streusel Topping
The Best Chunky, Chewy Blondies

Soft Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

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THE MOOD

Lisa’s allergic to hay and I didn’t want to go pumpkin route- saving that for Halloween/Thanksgiving…my house was going to become a sweet apple orchard. Went to the craft store, bought 2 foam boards, silver lame tissue paper, a Martha Stewart apple hole punch, red stock, glittery trees and some raffia. Then, went to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and got my red classic candy apples (note: keep these in the fridge until ready to use…they start to melt once at room temperature) and to the fruit store and bought 12 bags of mini Macintosh apples. The fall harvest was lookin’ bountiful and needless to say, everyone grabbed an apple (candied and otherwise) on their way out the door.

THE CUED

A meal is not complete without music to munch to. Here’s the playlist for our so-long summer:

Autumn Almanac – The Kinks
Harvest Moon – Neil Young
Autumn in New York – Billie Holiday
September Song – Willie Nelson
Fall in Philadelphia – Hall & Oates
Autumn Sweater – Yo La Tengo
September in the Rain – Sarah Vaughan
Autumn – Paolo Nutini
October – U2
California Dreamin’ – The Mamas & The Papas
Early Autumn – Ella Fitzgerald
When September Ends – Green Day
September – Earth, Wind & Fire

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