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, December 29, 2010

Christmas With The Lunch Bunch

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.

Christmas Luncheon
December 21, 2010


Salad of Mixed Baby Greens

Tarragon Chicken
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!


Alycia Nichols said...

VERY pretty! You are absolutely right: blue & white goes with EVERYTHING! I love it! What a fresh look it takes on with the boughs and pinecones!!! Glad you had a wonderful luncheon with your friends. That's always a nice tradition! Have a happy New Year!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

That recipe wounds wonderful -- your table is beautiful (as always) and I loved the little monkeys -- They would have been darling sitting beside everyone's places! Happy New Year.

Entertaining Women said...

Aren't special times with close friends just the very best! I agree...presents first...followed closely by dessert! Thank you for sharing your charming design and wonderful recipe. Happy New Year! Cherry Kay

The Tablescaper said...

Love those plaid plates!!!!

Happy New Year. Hope to see you at Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Marlis said...

I love your blue and white.. every piece is as stunning as the last and the next. You certainly know how to have fun. Your table is quite wonderful. And I love tarragon chicken and red velvet cake is my absolute favorite!

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

It certainly looked like a lovely lunch! I love the Tartan plates!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Christmas meals are so special, especially with friends!
I love your table and the plaid dishes makes my heart sing!
Happy, Happy New Year!

Pondside said...

What a pleasant way to spend a December afternoon. Once again, your table finds the perfect mark between elegant and welcoming.

Jacqueline said...

How fun to be invited in for the wonderful meal. The chicken looks and sounds delish! I agree, the red velvet cake on the Lenox dishes looks amazing. Thanks for sharing with us, have a wonderful New Year too!

Mary Bergfeld said...

What a scrumptious meal. Everything sounds delightful and looks quite festive. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Chubby Chieque said...

OMG! What a luncheon.

Love your gatherings & your Christmas treasures are absolutely gorgeous.

Hope you had a great time on Yuletide 2010 & will have a wonderful & bountiful NY to come.

Happy TS...
Greetings from freezing Stockholm,

Donnie said...

Love all your photos. Just gorgeous. Hope you and yours have a Healthy and Happy New Year.

Scribbler said...

You do everything with such flair!

Love the Tartan plates -- did not know RD made some, too. I think they are going on my wish list for next Christmas!

Happy New Year. So glad your knees are better -- it's giving me encouragement.

Miss Merry said...

What a pretty table - and what a fun lunch for the lunch-bunch! Your chicken sounds delicious, I can't wait to try it.