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.

Friday, May 9, 2008

A peek into Linderhof's kitchen

Linderhof's kitchen is small -- it's footprint is only 10 by 10 and into the middle we've put an island topped with a 125 year old piece of marble.

But the kitchen is the heart of the home and Linderhof's kitchen definitely is.

It's a working kitchen -- not a "decorated" one, although there are pictures hanging on the doors and cabinets and what little wall space there is. Pictures that please me.

In the winter plants live on the windowsill above the sink. Bay and the scented geraniums. Their fragrance reminds me that soon spring will be around the corner and the herb garden will be lush again.

Pots and pans hang from the ceiling. Within easy reach for storage is at a premium in this tiny kitchen.

There is 3 feet of butcher's block next to the stove. The stove my pride and joy -- a 30 inch professional Thermador. It's a stainless steel monster and although I can't believe how much I paid for it, I'm never sorry that I did.

Out of this tiny kitchen, I like to think, comes great food. For us and for friends.

Last week when I had company for lunch, I made a strawberry cake. It's an old recipe often found at potlucks baked in a 9 x 13 pan. I made it my own by using fresh strawberries instead of frozen and by baking it in three layers and instead of frosting the entire cake, I frosted the top of each layer and let the icing drip down over the sides. The company pronounced the cake divine!


1 package white cake mix

1 package (3 ounces) strawberry-flavored gelatin powder

1 cup vegetable oil

4 eggs, lightly beaten

1/4 cup water

3/4 cup fresh strawberries, cut up



1/2 cup butter

1 pound confectioners' sugar

1/4 cup fresh strawberries, cut up

Combine cake mix and gelatin powder in a large bowl. Beat in oil, eggs, water, and strawberries. Pour into 3 8-inch round greased and floured cake pans. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool and frost with strawberry icing.

For icing, beat the butter and confectioners' sugar together until smooth. Add strawberries. Spread between cake layers, then frost top. I added a bit of milk so the icing wasn’t so stiff. I let mine ooze down the sides but did not frost sides.


French By Design said...

Thanks for sharing the strawberry cake recipe...I was going to ask!
Can't wait to serve your tart and cake to friends!

Mary Buek said...

I found your new blog through Mrs. Blandings's blog. Welcome. I, too, am a new blogger. . . please stop by and visit my art and inspiration. I live in Olathe, my son played basketball at Ft. Scott a few years ago. He lived in an apartment in wonderful huge old house there. . . and there are so many. I always like going to Ft. Scott. And, as I am no cook, I love your recipes . . . they sound doable.

pve design said...

I am so making tis tonight for our neighbors who shall be coming to dinner. I am known as Gladys Kravitz to them. I work from home and know all the goings and comings on of our avenue. We have saved a bottle of Strawberry Wine from one of the said neighbors that will be coming. I think I shall play the Beatles, "Strawberry Fields Forever."

Kristen said...

I loved this post. I too have a small, modest kitchen... but yes, it's a working kitchen!

I know lots of wonderful recipes come out of the Kitchen at Linderhof!

Have a great day!

Shelley said...

Hello, Martha

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you'll come back often. Being originally from Oklahoma and having grown up with my fill of Prarieland, I've never been a great fan of Kansas. That said, when we drove through on our last holiday in that part of the US all the Brits with me thought I was very unfair and loved Kansas -- we even found a few hills.

I love your house -- I suspect you hear that often -- but mainly the screened porch. I have many happy memories of time spent in my Grandma and Grandpa's screened porch. These days, Bill and I have discovered a passion for the 1920s-30s and so I know he would also love your house.

I'll be back...

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