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, January 1, 2010

A New Year's Day Open House

Growing up, New Year's Day Open Houses were the order of the day. Those who didn't have one, did the "rounds" of those who did. Food and drink were available at each and every house. Some were buffets while others were desserts only.

This New Year's Day Open House was not at Linderhof but rather Chez Newsome -- not on the prairie of Kansas but rather in the hills of the Ozarks.

Husband Jim and I traveled to the town that's the gateway to the Ozarks. For a wonderful New Year's Day Open House.
The wonderful buffet table . . . what a great first meal for the New Year!
The best ham (along with biscuits and mustard and mayonnaise). . . .
A cheese and fruit platter . . .
What is New Year's without black eyed peas? . . . and the recipe is on it's way to Linderhof!
And Husband Jim's favorite -- the grits casserole (the recipe for that, too, is on it's way to Linderhof).A beautiful buffet for a beautiful first day of 2010!

Francie (on the left) and I (in the red) became friends about five years ago because we posted on the same food board. We felt a kinship because we both grew up in the Kansas City area and we've met once before.

Francie and her husband Bill invited us to their New Year's Day Open House. Husband Jim and I were pleased to accept the invitation and the warm welcoming hospitality of Francie and her husband.

There is no better way to start the New Year than with friends -- both old and new.

A New Year's Day Open House
The Recipes

Hominy Grits
(Ruth Welliver, Heavenly Repast, A collection of recipes from Calvary Episcopal Church)

6 c. water
2 t. salt
3 eggs
2 t. Lawry's seasoned salt
1 1/2 c. Quaker quick grits
1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, cubed
1 1/2 sticks butter (not oleo)

Heat 6 c water to boiling. Add grits slowly (add no salt at this time). Cook grits from 6 to 10 minutes. Add cut-up cheese, butter, Lawry's salt and regular salt. Then add well-beaten eggs; mix well. Pour into large casserole; cover with wax paper. Let sit overnight in refrigerator. Heat in 350 oven for 45 minutes.

Nice for a brunch with regular or country ham.

Note from Francie: I decreased the butter to 1/2 stick. I added 3 dashes of Cayenne pepper and 1 dash of garlic powder.

Francie's Marinated Blackeyed Peas

4 cans blackeyed peas, drained and rinsed
2 stalks celery, diced finely
1 yellow pepper, diced finely
1 red pepper, diced finely
1/2 red onion, diced finely
1/2 cup chopped, drained pickled banana peppers
1/2 cup olive oil or salad oil, or a combination
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
Freshly chopped cilantro or parsley to garnish

Combine and chill in refrigerator. This keeps a week or more
Salt and freshly ground pepper


The Bramble Patch said...

How lovely! Thanks for sharing and I hope we can also look forward to your sharing those special recipes with us this year. :)

Martha said...

As soon as I get them I WILL pass them on!

Pondside said...

That ham looks yummy! I think an Open House is a great way to greet the New Year - and I look forward to those recipes.

La Table De Nana said...

:) How nice of them to ask you..and of you to go:)

joey said...

How lovely, Martha! I had to laugh seeing your reference to 'making the rounds', exactly how my little hometown celebrated each New Year. Wishing you the best in 2010.

Southerncook said...

Francie's Ham looked so good my mouth started watering. I can't wait to get the recipe for the Grits Casserole and the Pea Salad. The salad looked fabulous.

What a wonderful way to start the New Year.


Linda Q said...

That looks like fun Martha and Happy New Year!
We enjoyed pizza that friends brought over and watched the Rose Bowl. Not quite an open house but still fun.

kellypea said...

What a great idea! I've never heard of that New Year's tradition but would love to start one. Lovely photos, and delicious grits recipe. Happy New Year!

Helen said...

Hello There! I have found your blog while reading Cottage of Stone. I grew up in the Midwest (IL) and lived in MO for years (Lake of the Ozarks the best)prior to a move (24 years) to Minneapolis. Your home is lovely, your recipes are amazing and I will be back. Happy New Year.

house things said...

What a lovely way to start the new year. Thanks for those recipes, too. They look scrumptious.

Happy 2010!

Crystal said...

What a beautiful buffet! These recipes look scrumptious. The Ozarks must be beautiful in the winter time.