girlfriend lunch clubI’d rather have lunch with my friends than go to a gym. ~Adele

We know the importance of getting together with girlfriends, right? We also know that sometimes finding the time in our busy schedules can make getting together challenging. This week turns in to next week turns into the weekend after..

Girlfriend Guru LINDA STEELE shares her latest idea for getting together: Girlfriend Lunch Club. (She’s even included some amazing recipes!) It makes us think we should get some friends together for lunch…

I recently started hosting regular lunch clubs. I host them once a month on a Friday because that’s when I’m free. I don’t teach then and my kids are usually in school. But you can have them any day of the week that works for you. The point is to have regular available time for girlfriends, let go of our many responsibilities, and just have a chance to catch up with each other, share a few laughs and have fun.

I love how much I can learn from friends too. One friend at a recent lunch club told me how I can find exercise videos on demand for free right through my TV. I had no idea and now that has become a fun part of my early morning routine. Another friend lent me a book I wanted to read. And Lunch Club can be as fancy or as simple as you want to make it. You can decorate a themed centerpiece with hand written cards and buy fresh flowers or you can simply ask everyone to bring a small dish to share and eat on paper plates. The point is that no matter what you still make time for getting together with girlfriends to catch up over lunch.

I talked with a friend of a friend at a Holiday Christmas party last season and she shared her experience of hosting regular lunch clubs. I was interested because I’m always looking for new and creative ways to get girlfriends together. Book clubs are great but we don’t always have time to read the same book and then have time to gather to discuss it. But we all have to eat lunch.

What better way to welcome friends to a lunch club than with a Butterfly Cake dipped in Ganache? (Pictured below.) It’s easier to make than it looks. You simply mix a butter flavored cake, pour into a pre-made butterfly shaped pan and bake, after it cools you pour Ganache over it and let it set before serving.

At a recent lunch club, I knew an old friend would be attending that particular day and I hadn’t yet had a chance to celebrate her birthday. I thought it’d be fun to have a butterfly cake ready upon her arrival. Earlier in the week, I’d stopped by a cute little gift shop in Mashpee Commons on the Cape and picked out a really sweet card that had two women on the front laughing and the caption said “Everything is more fun when shared with friends.” And, it is.

On my most recent hosting of lunch club I decided to serve French Dip Sandwiches. They’re really easy to make and if you take a minute to stop by my blog you can find a quick and easy recipe for the Sandwiches. I want to share a quick side dish in case you decide to  make them anytime soon because these Roasted red potatoes go great with them. Also here’s  a recipe for how to make the Ganache just  in case you ever make a Butterfly cake of your own!

How to Make Ganachegirlfriend lunch club, gno, friendship

3 Tbsp. corn syrup
6 oz. heavy cream
12 oz. dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

In a small sauce pan add the corn syrup and the heavy cream, combine. Bring to a simmer and add the chocolate. Stir with a wire whisk until smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Let cool slightly. Drizzle on cake by pouring gently. Place a sheet of wax paper under cake to contain chocolate. Tip: Sprinkle a bit of light powdered sugar on top then use a blow dryer to dust off extra. It helps to make the Ganache even.

Roasted Red Potatoes with Rosemary and Garlic

1 lb. red potatoes (scrub clean and cut in half)

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh garlic, diced fine

2 Tbsp. fresh rosemary springs, chopped fine

Salt and pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and allow the oil, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper to coat the potatoes well. Place potatoes on a baking sheet and place on the bottom oven rack and roast at 400 degrees for about twenty minutes. Serve with your favorite sandwich.

Lunch Club Hosting Tip:friendship, Adele

When hosting a lunch club of your own remember to always send your guests home with copies of what you served in case they are inspired to go home and make for their own families.

LINDA STEELE knows how important maintaining supportive friendships are. She’s an avid baker, Professor, writer, and mom. Her first fun and personalized recipe collection called “Meet Me in My Cape Cod Kitchen” can now be purchased in e-book form. She loves to inspire people to always share fun times with friends while eating good food. You are invited to like her on Facebook at Sweeter by the Beach and become a follower of her blog.

What do you serve at girlfriend get-togethers?

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