Christmas with the Lunch Bunch is always special. A special lunch and the exchange of gifts. And it's a long and lingering luncheon as well -- as we pour ourselves just one more cup of coffee.
The blue and white bowl was "stolen" from the living room to use as a centerpiece -- filled with pine cones and fresh greens. Blue and white, I feel goes with everything! Their presents from me at their places -- some were a little big -- but like the motto "dessert first" -- we feel that at our Christmas luncheon it should be "presents first!"
It's Christmas and so I use the Royal Doulton Tartan but also Jim's grandmother's silver and sweet napkins from Lunch Buncher Sally -- they were a "get well" gift this summer after surgery (and so much better gift than a cake or a pie) and with their red and green embroidery seemed perfect for Christmas and for use with the Tartan. When I received them, I could hardly wait for Christmas in order to use them!
The menu -- as always at Linderhof.
December 21, 2010
Salad of Mixed Baby Greens
White and Wild Rice
Red Velvet Cake
Freshly Brewed Coffee
The tarragon chicken and white and wild rice. The sauce is perfect over the rice! And it's an easy recipe as well!
Nothing says Christmas like a red velvet cake on the Lennox Holiday plates! (Cake was the chosen dessert because I was also having company for dinner and a cake would feed all -- while a pie or tart would not!)
This cake is usually made for Husband Jim's birthday -- but I do think it's a festive Christmas cake. One year, for Daughter Sarah's December engagement party, we made two -- and baked them in a 9 x 13 pan -- one we colored red and the other we colored green -- we layered them and with the white frosting it was certainly a festive looking cake!
The chicken is easy -- it's an adaptation of Sarah's chicken -- boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a casserole. Mix one can cream of mushroom soup, one soup can of sour cream and one tablespoon of dried tarragon (or if it's summer, use twice as much of fresh). Pour mixture over chicken and bake in a 275 oven for 3 hours. The sauce is perfect over white and wild rice!
It's Thursday, which means that it's time for Tablescape Thursday and since it is still the holiday season, a holiday table is most fitting. Please join Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for other tablescapes this Thursday.
Oh, and my gift from the Lunch Bunch -- the sweetest little monkey (you can see him HERE) and a gift certificate to Life + Style which is our amazing cook shop here in our little town!
They always gift me with the most thoughtful gifts!