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.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

An Indoor Outdoor Dinner for the Swedes

The Swedes came to visit -- Erik and Anna and sons William and Arvid. They lived here eons ago and William was born in our little town on the prairie. But they moved back home to Sweden when William was small.

And finally, they came back for a visit -- and a visit to our little town on the prairie would not be complete without a visit to Linderhof. When they lived here, they were often dinner guests and when their parents came for a visit, the parents, too, had dinner at Linderhof.

What fun it would be to have the third generation around our table.

To show the boys real American food, we planned a BBQ -- husband Jim spent the day before slow smoking a brisket -- outside!

But, alas, the weather did not cooperative -- high heat and high humidity made for uncomfortable Swedes. It doesn't get in the mid 90's in Sweden -- and the humidity is not 100%.

So inside the party came!

We still used our outdoor cotton tableclothes, however -- the rectangular green ones.
A simple table -- for the wine glasses and wine bottles are still in the living room -- we often start our evening there with wine and snacks and the glasses and the bottles come to the table when we move to the dining room for dinner.
A menu at every place -- and the menu was also the placecard -- their name being at the top.
Garden flowers -- the same we would have used had we been outside -- and to bring the outside in -- some ceramic birds in green. The green and white of the lacecap hydrangeas go well with the green tablecloth. And for candlelight, some silver votive holders -- the best kind of candle to use outside -- they don't blow out!
The blue and white "outside" dishes -- Johnson Brothers Asiatic Pheasant -- bought, really, to use outside, although we sometimes use them inside as well for a change of pace! And gold napkins (in my silver rings) -- which pick up the gold in the tablecloth.

Served family style in the breakfast room -- Jim's heavenly smoked brisket, a platter of shredded lettuce and onion and dill pickles -- in case anyone wants to use the roll for a sandwich, a casserole of cheesy grits (which they don't have in Sweden), and no BBQ would be without coleslaw -- my grandmother's oil and vinegar coleslaw. And to top the brisket, the last bottle of the best BBQ sauce in the world -- Old Fort BBQ Sauce -- once made right here i Fort Scott -- alas, no longer! Saved for a special meal, we felt that this meal was special enough to use that very last bottle!

For dessert, that heavenly strawberry pie -- and not a crumb of that was left! Arvid even had two pieces!

It was a great night of visiting and catching up and we were sorry to see them go. The boys were very good and acted so very grown up. Friends Anne and Tim and his brother, David, also joined us for the evening for they, too, were good friends with Anna and Erik during their stay here. And Anne and Tim had joined us when The Parents came so long ago. It was only fitting when the children came that they also joined us.

It's Thursday and so I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch with my Indoor Outdoor Dinner. See what other fascinating tables there are this Thursday as you join Susan (whose tables are always the best)


Pondside said...

What a lovely dinner you put on for your friends, Martha. If I tell you a secret, will you promise not to let it out? The Great Dane was actually born (to his chagrin!) in Sweden...because his mother was visiting there and went into labour surprisingly he had Danish citizenship, a Swedish birth certificate and now a Canadian passport!
That brisket...we don't have that up here and I am dying to know just what it is.

D.B. said...

Yuuuuuummeeee! What a perfect dinner party. So lovely, relaxed and delicious. I'm sure it was a very special evening. You are definitely the hostess with the mostest!

Cass @ That Old House said...

Hi Martha -- what a pretty table, and Mmmmm.... delicious choice in menu! I think it's lovely that you cooked real summertime American dishes for your guests.

In the past few years we've had houseguests from Bosnia, Italy, Scotland, France and Germany, and we always try and do the same -- in July '08 we actually made a full course, all-out Thanksgiving turkey dinner for an Italian houseguest who wanted so much to experience a "real" American Thanksgiving. I even invited relatives so we'd have a full table!

I'm sure your guests loved the evening -- I know I would! Brisket is delicious! I would love to come to dinner (or lunch!) at Linderhof!

Pondside said...

Thanks, Martha - I'd love the recipe. I've emailed you my email address to the address on your profile.

From the Kitchen said...

Martha: As always, your table is so inviting. How lovely to renew friendships around good food. I think the tradition of providing menus is such a special touch--something to take along as a reminder of a special meal.


The Charm of Home said...

What a fabulous dinner. I love that you have a menu. I also love the tablecloth with the silver it looks lovely. Have a great weekend.

Rettabug said...

This looks like such a special occasion with old friends! You did a great job, especially on all that food. YUMMO!

I went searching to see if I could find Old Fort BBQ sauce available for purchase...none to be had. So sad. :-(

I'm curious about your Mom's recipe for the coleslaw. Is it here on your blog someplace? I'll go hunting in a minute but if not, would you consider sharing? I hate the soggy-sweet dripping kind that KFC sells. We usually end up using Marzetti's to make our own but a change would be nice.

Have a Happy 4th of July!
The Gazebo House

Rettabug said...

Thanks for the recipe, Martha!!! I bet you get more requests.

I forgot to tell you how much I liked your personalized menu cards. I always forget to do that & it is such a nice touch. I laughed out loud when I read that you TOLD them it was the last bottle of Old Fort BBQ. :D

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful visit with your dear friends. The table looks fabulous and the menu is sounds delicious. You really know how to attend to every detail. Thanks for sharing.

Tricia said...

What a great occasion, getting to visit with old friends! Your table looks so inviting, and I love the pop of gold the napkins add to the blue and white plates. The menu sounds wonderful!

Mary Bergfeld said...

Your tables are always so welcoming, Martha. It is no wonder that there are always people at your table. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Barbara said...

What a wonderful dinner! The setting is beautiful and the food looks delicious. I know what you mean about having to adjust to the temperatures. It looks like everything turned out perfectly, indoors or out.

craftyles said...

The table looks great and the food looks delicious!

Bill said...

Dear Martha,

What a perfect indoor/outdoor table you've set! Your menu (as yours always do) sounds marvelous. I'm glad your evening was such a great success. You, and your husband, obviously worked hard to make it special and enjoyable.

I like your solution to the "too many wine glasses at once" problem. I've made the mistake of using different glasses for before dinner wine from those already on the dinner table. It can be an awkward transition if people are sipping the first glass slowly and want to bring that to the table.

Have a happy 4th!

Warmest regards,

morninglorycottage said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yes we are owned by a corgi named Trigger. LOL! He's a sweetie though and we love him. Your house is gorgeous and so are your gardens. I like to garden but don't seem to get enough time to do it properly as my grandma would say. ;) Hope you have a fabulous 4th!

Marlis said...

love the table and the food looks scrumptious!