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 1, 2010

A November Luncheon

It's Thursday and since it may be December and Christmas will abound on tabletops, Linderhof's table is all about Thanksgiving and November!

Please join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for other Tablescape Thursday posts!

Just before Thanksgiving and just before I left for points South, I entertained the Lunch Bunch. And since it was November, it was a luncheon of Thanksgiving plates and Thanksgiving flavors!

But in my beloved blue and white! The table set for lunch.
The centerpiece -- fall leaves in a Spode blue and white pitcher and pheasant salt and pepper shakers which were a Christmas gift from "The Bunch" a couple of years ago. They are the salt and peppers for the Breakfast Room.
A white tablecloth, the Spode turkey plates, the menu (the turkey plates echoed on the menu), a blue linen napkin and my hotel silver.

And since it was November, the flavors of Thanksgiving for lunch! With sherried cream of mushroom soup to start and then . . .
A salad of chunks of turkey, roasted sweet potatoes, sliced celery and dried cranberries in a vinaigrette. With a hot roll topped with minced sage from the garden.
More cranberries but this time for dessert -- a cranberry crumb tart served with whipped cream flavored with Grand Marnier and a peel of orange. Served with coffee, of course!

The salad would be good to serve anytime in the fall or it would be a good use of leftover Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey. I used a rotisserie turkey breast from the grocery store rather than deli turkey. I think it made a difference.


Deanna said...

Cranberry Crumb Tart! Oh, yummmmm.
Wonderful and delicious.

Lovely Luncheon.

God bless and may you have a delightful Holiday Season,
d from homehaven

Anonymous said...

What a lovely setting and your food looks so delicious!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oooo... Grand Marnier in whipped cream. Martha, you are brilliant. I love it in black coffee, but never thought to add it to cream.

I see a new accompaniment for my Thanksgiving dessert pies next year!

As always, the table is lovely -- the branches, so simple, in that gorgeous blue and white ... just perfect!

Dion says Hi to Oliver!
Our old fellow is still recovering from all the company and hub-bub this past week. He was exhausted!

A Toile Tale said...

Martha --
Can't beat blue and white, any time, any dish, any pattern, any holiday. Your turkey dishes are wonderful and this luncheon looked divine. (I had to enlarge your menu card till I could read it!)
Thanks for sharing.
Linda @ A Toile Tale

Pondside said...

That lucky Lunch Bunch! That lunch looked delicious - and the thought of a gentle pause at this busy time is very tempting.

Dan said...

Mmmm, the food looks delicious. As always, I love the tablesettings and your attention to detail with the little things like putting a picture of the turkey plates on your menus.
PS. I managed to get a couple of Barefoot Contessa cookbooks from the library.

Tricia said...

What a beautiful table, Martha! The blue and white turkey plates are gorgeous -- and we all adore blue and white! The menu sounded divine, especially that dessert!

Erica (Irene) said...

Beautiful table Martha.......gorgeous dishes. thanks for sharing.

Chubby Chieque said...

YOur blue & white is perfect for a great luncheon.

Can I jump to your cranberry desset, pls? Yummy...

HOpe you had a great time during your Thanksgiving Day and a great week-end ahead.


Debbie said...

I love those blue turkey plates. What a perfect way to have a Thanksgiving table yet step out of the brown box.

I am in a luncheon club, and we considered calling ourselves the Lunch Bunch too.

So far, we still don't have a name.

Debbie said...

And I also read your Savannah post but was afraid you wouldn't see this comment.

I live near and love Savannah. You and I think alike. The Davenport house is WAY better to see than the Mercer house.

So glad you liked it too. And Elizabeths is awesome.

Scribbler said...

Your table and your food always inspire me.

Entertaining Women said...

Another lovely party for your friends...I always love your blue and white tablescapes. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay