Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Iceboxes


Linderhof was built in the 20s
In the back hall, off the kitchen,
there was an


"Icebox"

And ice was delivered regularly -- in the back door (up three steps) and the ice was put in top.

We even had a drain to drain the water from the icebox.

And icebox is what I call the box in the kitchen that keeps food cool.
Because Mom did
Because Grandma did 

Mom never had an "icebox" -- always an electric cooling box
But Grandma did, I am sure, for she was born in 1897
And even though she was old fashioned and called her cooling box
an icebox, I never asked her when she got her first refrigerator!

At Linderhof, I am sure in the late 20s, that there was a fridge . . . 


But whether it remained in the back hall
or got upgraded to the kitchen I don't know!

I do know that in the late 40s
After the war
the owners of Linderhof
updated the house
the light fixtures in all the rooms
And the kitchen went from an unfitted one to
cabinets and the sink was built in
They were wood
And they were PINK!



I wonder if the fridge after that remodel was a pink one!
I'll never know!

Our "icebox" is a big stainless steel one



A French door one
because that's the only way I could get the doors opened
Space is tight in the kitchen!

Back in the day, when Linderhof was young
"icebox" cooking became all the rage
Cookies and cakes

I like icebox cookies -- you can slice and bake
as many as you need
a couple for afternoon tea
A plateful to take somewhere or if you have company for tea

Some of my favorite "Icebox cookies"


Lemon and Basil "Slice and Bakes"
(the 21st century name for "Icebox Cookies!)


Chocolate Shot Icebox Cookies


Orange Ginger Icebox Cookies

And then there are cakes . . . 


Chocolate Mocha Icebox Cake
(I'm particularly fond of this one because it is round and really looks like a cake)


Chocolate Eclair Cake
(Made in a 9 x 13 pan)

Icebox cakes are easy and when summer temps soar are a good dessert to fix for you don't have to heat up the oven!

They're layers of cookies or graham crackers which soften in the icebox since they are enrobed in
a creamy pudding.    After a night in the "icebox", the soften crackers or cookies really taste like cake!

They're old recipes, their icebox desserts . . . dating from that 1920s icebox that once lived at Linderhof.     They were all the rage and housewives proudly served this new type of dessert.

Why "icebox", I wonder . . . for by the time they came along, they were refrigerators and not iceboxes.    Perhaps because icebox seems more descriptive.

Whatever the reason, they are delicious and cool desserts and we love making them
especially in the summer
at Linderhof.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Special Company for Lunch


It was the July Lunch Bunch Lunch
plus one
A very special one

Internet friend Connie came to Linderhof
to lunch!

Earlier this week, we had no air
it wasn't a simple fix but a new unit was needed
The install date was the week of July 16

Thus, when I did the final planning for lunch
it was with the idea of no air conditioning
That there would only be fans

But Linderhof was built in the 20s
When there was no air
Taking a page from some of the early owners of Linderhof
I decided to do a summer ladies lunch
A luncheon that perhaps Mrs. Gunn 
(who lived at Linderhof in the late 20s)
might have served to her "society" friends

The good news, however, is that we got moved up
and yesterday our new air was installed
Working overtime far into the night
by morning, it was "normal" at Linderhof
Cool and dry!

For that I was grateful,
I went ahead, however, with my summer 20s lunch


A tablecloth, flowers, silver  and crystal on the table

Aynsley Pembroke
Jim's grandmother's cutlery
Our French goblets


A bouquet of stargazer lilies as the centerpiece
Which picked up the pink of the Pembroke


A picture of Linderhof taken in 1924
with the menu on the back

A cool lunch for a hot day


Cool and Creamy tomato basil soup
Homecanned tomatoes and garden basil pureed and chilled
Heavy cream added as well as a generous sprinkle of salt and a grind of pepper


A trio salad plate
meat (chicken salad - a simple one, shredded chicken, thin sliced red onion, a good palmful of garden tarragon and half mayonnaise and half sour cream, salt and pepper)
vegetable (spring mix, tomatoes and homemade poppyseed dressing)
fruit (strawberry cranberry jello salad -- jello salads are so 20s!)



The coffee service
Aynsley Pembroke -- some pieces from the turn of the 20th century while other pieces are from the turn of the 21st century
(Can you spot the difference?)


Dessert was chocolate mocha icebox cake

It was wonderful conversation around the luncheon table
and after a tour of Linderhof, Connie headed back north.

We met for tea in Kansas City in June and I was so glad
she could come and share lunch with us.

I've met the best people because of
Lines from Linderhof!



Strawberry Cranberry Jello Salad

1 1/2 c. fresh or frozen cranberries
2 c. diced fresh strawberries
1/2 c. sugar
2 c. boiling water
3 (3 oz) packages strawberry Jello
2 c. cranberry juice, chilled
8 oz. can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 c. diced celery

Process cranberries in a food processor until coarsely chopped, stopping once to scrape down sides.

Stir together cranberries, strawberries and sugar in a medium bowl.

Stir together 2 cups boiling water and jello in a large bowl, stirring 2 minutes or until jello dissolves.    Stir in juice, and chill 30 min or until consistency of unbeaten egg whites.     Stir in cranberry mixture, pineapple and celery.     Pour mixture into lightly greased 9 x 13 pan.    Cover and chill 8 hours or until firm.





Thursday, July 5, 2018

A Return To Sunday Dinner

Our church services are early -- 9 a.m.
Even after a bit of a nosh and fellowship, it's usually 1100 or so when we head home
For a long time we joined friends at noon for a restaurant meal
But we no longer do
Two weeks ago, when we had a "I don't care, you choose".  "I don't care, you choose", "I don't care, you choose."
kind of conversation after church on the way home as to what we want
to do for Sunday Dinner

I decided that Sunday that we would once again have a real
Sunday Dinner
at home!

In the dining room!


So last Sunday, I set the table in the dining room with my Grandmother's china, Jim's Grandmother's cutlery, napkins in silver rings
And made dinner!

To serve family style:


My other grandmother's coleslaw
(a creamy variety -- made with just cabbage!)


Fried chicken.    A whole chicken, which I cut up, which means that there is a wishbone
and therefore one more piece of chicken!
We each had a breast!


And corn on the cob finished out the meal.

A truly summer Sunday dinner!

I'm already planning on this week's dinner --
a roast, I think!


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy Fourth



We at Linderhof

Wish you and yours

A Happy Fourth of July!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Cookbook Book Club - June - Restaurant Food

Our June Cookbook Club's theme was

"Restaurant Food -- Copy Cat Restaurant Recipes"

And for the first time, we had no "assignments"
Because you were supposed to bring a recipe that you liked
from a restaurant that you liked

And the Potluck Gods smiled on us!

Belynda and Michelle were hostesses


A nice welcome

Appetizer:


 Southwestern Egg Rolls
Chili's
Belynda

She loves them, gets them every time she goes
But they were a little fussy to make!
We all pronounced them superb!


Main Course:


Bang Bang Shrimp
Bonefish Grill
Michelle and Belynda

Michelle and Belynda get this every time they go
But this was the first time they made it!
It was wonderful and we ate every crumb!

Salad:


Oriental Chicken Salad
Applebee's
Rita

She gets this salad every time she eats there.   She loves it!
We all thought it was tasty too.    And Rita said that the dressing was so good that she'll keep a jar in her fridge!

Vegetable:


Tiffany Attic's Carrot Casserole
Tiffany's Attic Dinner Theatre
Martha

Having eaten it at Tiffany's Attic, I found the recipe a few months later in the Kansas City Star.
But I never made it . . . . but every time I purged my clipped recipes, this always made the cut.
I cannot believe that it took me 40 years to make this dish!
Everyone thought it was really really good!

Desserts:
(Notice the plural)


Dessert Nachos
The Dog House
Angela

A small Mom and Pop here in our town -- and this was one of Angela's favorite dishes there.     She mourns the fact that they are no longer in business.
The nachos were good and the caramel dipping sauce . . . well it was just plain delicious!



S'mores
Girl Scout Cookies
Donna

There is nothing wrong with Girl Scout Cookies!    And these were excellent!


Samoas/Thin Mints
Girl Scout Cookies
Donna

They were perfect and if you didn't know better you would swear that they were "real" Girl Scout Cookies!


Red Velvet Bundt Cake
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Michelle

It was a good moist cake . . . and several of us took pieces home!

But that's not all!!!

I missed taking pictures of three of the dishes:

Baked Beans
Jack Stack BBQ
Donna

Some of us love the beans
Some of us make them and often
It was the perfect side dish to our meal

Panzanella Salad
Jasper's Restaurant
Rhonda

It was a great salad and went well with our other dishes.

Birthday Cake Ice Cream
Cold Stone Creamery
Sara

She even brought sprinkles and "mix ins" for us to add.
It was good ice cream and really did taste like
the restaurant version.

We had fun with this month's Cookbook Book Club --
it was a great theme
And we all made something new
But something that we were familiar with
(for that often is not the case)
Michelle and Belynda's idea of not having "assignments:
was a good one.
It's better to fix a dish that we've eaten and loved
than finding a dish that we've never tasted before.

As we always do, June's was THE BEST!!!

July's theme is "Beer" for we're meeting in our
local brewery and all food has to be made with beer!
I wonder what dishes we'll have!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Breakfast, Blooms and a Friend . . .

Saturday was the 2018 Breakfast and Booms Garden Tour
Sponsored by the Bingham Waggoner Estate
Friend Priscilla and I had tickets and we headed north



A historical site located in Independence, Missouri
where once both George Caleb Bingham lived
as did the Waggoner family -- who partnered with George Gates
(whose granddaughter was Bess Truman) and formed the Waggoner Gates Milling Company
Queen of the Pantry Flour
was their well known brand

It's called Breakfast and Blooms


And on the lawn on the house, we ate breakfast


Egg casserole, fruit cup, ham, hash browns, juice and cinnamon roll
We sat with a couple whose house was on the garden tour and had a
most delightful breakfast!
They were proud of their garden and we talked tour and gardens all through breakfast.

Our first garden . . . 


A garden at the Bingham-Waggoner House -- coreopsis in the background and iris in the foreground

Our next garden was
Mark and Barb's
(our breakfast companions)


A Kansas City four square shirtwaist house
surrounded by a lovely garden


"THE" wall -- Barb told us the story about this wall.
When you exhaust all other methods for finding what you want,
drive by a house and there it is -- the material -- just laying on the ground
Go to the ask to inquire about it and get it for "free"!!!
It was a great story and a Great Wall!


Loved the bicycle and the flowering basket in the tree

Our next stop was Brian and Marla
A small house with a garden in front


Where we saw the first of many fairy gardens
(I took this picture because I have a bird bath that really too shallow)


And a lovely garden along the side of the house. 
Besides an abundance of flowers, they had a raised bed vegetable garden,
fruit (both trees and berries) and chickens!
Self-sufficiency on a city lot
(although it was a long city lot -- it looked like it went all the way through to the next street)

Sam's small cottage


Ivy covered the hill in front of his hosue
No mowing!


Magnificent trees in back surrounded by gardens
This is a pecan tree and the squirrels get them all, Sam said.
And they like to chatter and throw the shells down at him as he works in his garden!

John's Garden


A parklike garden -- it was hard to tell where his property ended and his neighbor's began.
I'm thinking that with his neighbor's blessing, he tends gardens in more than his yard.
He's "Mr. No Mulch" either.
But not a weed to be seen.
John is an admirable gardener!

Beth and Karl
had a sweet Tudor house
Beth's been tending it's gardens for two years


This was in their backyard.
I feel certain that they had hoped that the shed would have been built
in time for the tour and alas, it wasn't!
Thus, a sign!


And in the corner of her mostly shade garden, a place of respite!

Clint and Aimee's garden was our last stop


Clint has fish.    Koi -- BIG KOI
It was fun to sit with Clint on his back porch
and watch these fish!

It was a great tour.
Priscilla and I have penciled in the date for next year
We'll be back.


Monday, June 11, 2018

We Visit Hoot Owl Gardens

Today was an outing day
Friend Shirley Ann and I traveled North
to Linn County almost smack dab between Paola and Osawatomie
To a farm:




We were there to see the gardens
And owner Brenda was so gracious to give us a tour of her 
remarkable gardens!


The espaliered fruit tree garden . . . espaliered fruit trees form the fence to this garden
And inside there are some herbs . . . 


Good stands of feverfew!

Also, there was a spiral herb garden


You start at the bottom and the herbs spiral up!    Smallest to tallest!

After the tour, we retired to the porch where Hostess Brenda had lunch ready for our group


A farm table on the porch . . . 


Homemade crackers
(which were delicious)


And a chicken Caesar Salad
Which was wonderful!
Lots of garlic and lots of lemon!


Herbal tea, chicken salad and homemade crackers
It can't get much better than that!

Oh, but wait it did!


Dessert -- a rhubarb custard cake topped with a fresh strawberry syrup and coconut
(I've asked for the recipe -- I hope Brenda complies -- it was a good dessert!)

We left with nothing but an admiration for all that Brenda and her husband did to these acres
for besides the gardens there are bees and goats and poultry (chickens, turkey, peacocks) . . . 
But some of our group left with --


Baby chicks!
She was giving them away!
I'm not a chicken keeper and so no babies came home with me (nor with Shirley Ann) but there
was a young girl in our group  who was thrilled that she got to take chicks home!

It was a great way to spend a June Monday morning!