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, August 17, 2011

Shirley Ann Comes for Lunch . . .

Friend Shirley Ann called and said that she had a doctor's appointment in my little town (she lives in the little town 20 miles to the East) and was wondering if after -- we could "do lunch" -- Of course, I said yes. However, instead of eating out, I suggested that she stop by The Lyons Twin Mansions and get two salads to go and that we eat here.

And so I set the table in the breakfast room. . . .

With a wonderful old cloth that was an estate sale find and my Asiatic Pheasant . . . the Royal Staffordshire plate in a dark blue, a Royal Staffordshire salad plate in a lighter bleu that we'd use for the rolls and a Burleigh Asiatic Pheasant cup and saucer.

Some wonderful new napkins from Pottery Barn that are monogramed with an "S" -- our new "everyday" napkins! Placed in silver napkin rings, of course!

The German silver which we use for every day which has my grandmother's initials. Bought at an estate sale but am wondering . . . . for it is my grandmother's initials and she would have had German silver! Monogramed on the back as all European cutlery is for it is always turned upside down when placed on the table.

And a pretty bouquet of garden flowers in a Spode Blue Italian pitchers. They're not blooming as profusely as normal for August so I feel fortunate to have this bouquet!

A simple table -- with the blue and white china (of course) and some silver candlesticks with some new black metal shades that look so English (bought here, at an antique store in our quaint downtown).

Shirley Ann brought the salad and I made iced tea. I also took a couple of Sister Shubert rolls out of the freezer to bake off to go with our salad. One of those "must haves" in our freezer -- Sister Shubert rolls. They are soooo good!

And for dessert -- some cookies that went well with tea. I baked them to take on Thursday but there was plenty for Wednesday lunch. Lemon poppyseed. We love lemon poppyseed cake and lemon poppyseed muffins so what could be bad about lemon poppyseed cookies?

It's a Martha Stewart recipe and I find hers a bit fussy compared to other chefs. But it is a good cookie. Tart but crisp with sugar and lemon. It was perfect with a cup of Earl Grey tea.

The rest are bagged and will be a snack when a group of us make a trip north tomorrow to ee the orchids in the caves.

Shirley Ann and I had a great luncheon. Lots of visiting and we felt that we weren't too "bad" even though we had a roll and some cookies. We were "sort of" celebrating her birthday early -- her real celebration (for the two of us) will be Friday.


1/4 C. fresh lemon juice
3 1/2 t. grated lemon zest
2 sticks unsalted butter
2 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 large egg
2 t. vanilla
1 T. poppy seeds plus more for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 375 Bring lemon juice to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat cook until reduced by half. Add 1 stick butter, stir until melted.

Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Cream remaining stick butter and 1 cup sugar on medium speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix in egg and lemon butter. Mix until pale, about 3 minutes. Mix in vanilla and 2 t. zest. Mix in flour mixture and poppy seeds. Sift together remaining 1/2 cup sugar and 1 1/2 t. lemon zest. Roll spoonfuls of dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, roll them in sugar mixture. Place 1 inches apart on baking sheets. Press each with the flat end of a glass dipped in sugar mixture until 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle with more poppy seeds.

Bake until just browned around bottom edges, 10 to 11 minutes. Transfer to wire racks, let cool completely. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.

It's Thursday and time to join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.


Unknown said...

Love your table setting.The colors looks good and I like the two with the lamps.Neat! I must try the cookies.Thanks for sharing.

Entertaining Women said...

I'm always enchanted by the Asiatic Pheasant patterns...especially in the blue and white. Another lovely table...thank you for sharing your beautiful design and the recipe. Cherry Kay

Pondside said...

Once again you've made something very special out of something that could have been quite ordinary. I love all of your table settings!
I'm wondering about the rolls. I don't think they are to be found up here.

Rose H (UK) said...

Your friends are so fortunate to be treated regally when they visit! The table setting is as always exquisite :o)
Enjoy your weekend.
Rose H

From the Kitchen said...

Seems like a nice treat for both of you! I realized reading your post that I rarely hear "breakfast room" used. I grew up in a house that had one. In fact, we used it for more than breakfast. There was also an eat-in kitchen and a dining room. The dining room was for holidays and Sundays--an occasional Saturday dinner for my parents and their friends too. Nice memory!


Maggie said...

Hi Martha,
You made a simple lunch with a friend into a special occasion, how lovely. The blue & white table setting is delightful

Unknown said...

Happy birthday early, Shirley Ann.
What a great table set for a tasty lunch. Looks like you ladies had a wonderful time.

Southerncook said...

Love, love, love the tablsetting, your garden bouquet, and the recipe for the cookies sound delish. Now, I hope you plan to take your camera with you, YIKES, today. I stopped cold reading when you mentioned you were going to see some orchids growing in a cave today.

BTW, oh how I wish I had been present for luncheon with you and Shirley Ann.


Mary Bergfeld said...

Your table looks wonderful, Martha. Have you ever, even once, in your adult life used a paper napkin :-) Your tables always look wonderful and I'll wager those cookies are delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Barbara said...

What a pretty table! I picked up some of those napkins too. I just love your silver. I have been looking around quite a bit lately. Your friends must feel so treasured each time they sit at your table.

Bernideen said...

Beautiful table as always and great cookie recipe! Good job Martha!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

How lovely and what a memorable lunch setting...better than any resteraunt!

afternoon tea said...

Your making me hungry! I think I need to go find a snack.

Babs said...

HOw much fun to have a special friend come for lunch and for her to find your beautiful tablescape. I must make her feel very special. The lemon poppyseed cooks look and sound delicious. As soon as the weather gets cooler I'll make your/Martha's recipe.
Thanks for sharing your lovely table and recipe.

Modern Country Lady said...

What a lovely table- it must be a pleasure to visit you- gorgeous!
By the way, thank you for your commments about my green walnut liqueur- If you have no access to green walnuts,( you wrote you only have black walnuts ) but only to pecan nuts, you could try the recipe below which is very similar to the green walnut liqeur recipe as far as ingredients are concerned!

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup water
750ml good brandy
1 cup lightly chopped and well toasted pecans
1 1/2tsp vanilla
1/4tsp cinnamon

Heat sugar and water until sugar is dissolved and let cool. Add all other ingredients and let seep for 6weeks then strain into appropriate container.

Have a great weekend.

Modern Country Lady said...

Hi Martha- thanks again for the commentabout your black walnuts... I would be inclined to try the walnut liquer with the black walnuts- and would just run a trial -killner jar with not too big a quantity of spirits, so you don't " waste " too much precious brandy ( or wodka incase you use that instead ) and would just give it a go.You may stumble on something delicious! :-)

niartist said...

Martha, if you promise to make those cookies, I'll give you a call tomorrow and we can "do lunch" LOL!

What a stunning display! Truly love every piece, and I can totally see why you'd be happy to share it with all of us! BRAVO! Can't wait to see more!

I hope you'll stop by my blog to check out my new feature. I've gone back to doing posts on my home, and I've got my newly styled "bar" in the dining room up. Would love to know what you think!

Thanks again for sharing! Stunning.

On Crooked Creek said...

What a lovely "lunch to go"! Time spent with a "friend" is surely over far too soon. I am smitten with your black lamp shades...must stop by the shop next time I'm in town!

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

Love it all, especially the monogrammed linens!

Karin Şen Cankan said...

Such a perfect table for lunch.

Love blue and white.

Have a good weekend.

Karin Şen Cankan

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

The table set for your guest is very nice, especially with your new monogrammed napkins.
Hope you two had a good visit.

Marigene said...

Ahh, more classic blue and white!

Barbara said...

Best of both worlds, eating at home but without the preparation.