Some good foods to serve for a ladies luncheon include tomato-basil bisque, tarragon chicken salad, caramelized onion quiche and tea sandwiches. Some good desserts are banana pudding cheesecake and vanilla-buttermilk tarts.
Start out the luncheon with some tomato-basil bisque, a dish that only calls for tomato soup, tomatoes, buttermilk and basil. Pour two cans of tomato soup, one can of diced tomatoes, 2 1/2 cups of buttermilk, 2 tablespoons of fresh basil and 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper in a saucepan, and heat it for eight minutes at medium heat. Serve the soup garnished with freshly ground Parmesan cheese.
For the next dish, whip up tarragon chicken salad by cooking 3/4 cup of chopped pecans in 1 tablespoon of butter in a pan at medium-low heat for eight minutes. Meanwhile, combine 1 cup of mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons of fresh tarragon, 1 teaspoon of lemon zest and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in a bowl. Fold 4 cups of chopped cooked chicken, 1 cup of chopped celery, 1/4 cup of chopped red onion and 1 1/2 cups of chopped Granny Smith apples into the mayonnaise mixture. After chilling the salad, add the pecans, and serve.
For dessert, make vanilla-buttermilk tarts by mixing together 2/3 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour and adding the mixture to a saucepan along with 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk and three eggs. Heat the mixture to medium, stirring constantly until it thickens into a custard. Remove the filling from the heat, and add 2 teaspoons of vanilla bean paste. Bake frozen, ready-made tart shells in the oven until they are browned, and spoon in the custard. Top the tarts with fresh fruit.