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, October 26, 2011

An Autumn Luncheon

The Lunch Bunch came to Linderhof last week for our October Lunch.    It is always fun to have these friends come for lunch.    We get to catch up on what we've done the month before and give updates on children and grandchildren!

Fall is one of my favorite times and I love autumnal tables.    Lunch, as usual, was served in the breakfast room overlooking the garden.

Setting the table is one of the first things I do whenever I have company.

The breakfast room table set for luncheon . . .

A fabulous set of vintage linens at a ridiculously low price -- you couldn't get a new set for the $12 that I paid for these at an antique shop in New York.

With my newest tablecloth bought at an antique shop in New York.    I loved the embroidered acorns -- what a perfect tablecloth for fall!

A little small for a luncheon napkin much better for dessert and coffee or afternoon tea.

They're wee napkins with the same embroidery and a wonderful detail to the edge.    It's really a bridge set methinks because the cloth is square and the napkins are small.

And for the centerpiece . . .

The pumpkins are faux but don't tell -- they last longer and you don't have to worry about stains on furniture or linens!

Bittersweet in a blue and white vase and wound around pumpkins on the table.

Spode Blue Room always sets a pretty table no matter what the season!

My beloved blue and white, a menu with a pumpkin picture, my Hotel cutlery.    The tablecloth has the same edge detail as the napkins.

Looking from the back of the breakfast room .

Table set and all ready for company.    At each place, a New England gift . . .

I'm in love with the Bar Harbor Tea Company -- their blueberry is wonderful and their Christmas Tea (yes, I rushed the season) is full of Christmas flavor!
A tin of Bar Harbor Blueberry Tea.

And the menu . . .

I love the red, white and blue!

Roasted caprese salad with fresh mozzarella and the last of the basil from the garden.

Moments before the guest arrive!

All set in place before the guests arrived.  

The entree . . .

Eggplant Parmesan with penne pasta with homemade marinara sauce and a fresh basil leaf.

And for dessert . . .

I love fresh raspberries but they are dearer than blueberries or strawberries but decided to splurge for The Lunch Bunch.

A raspberry tart.    Glazed raspberries over a white chocolate filling.

Four for lunch means there's two pieces for dinner dessert!

Which went perfectly with the blueberry tea that I brewed for dessert.    A taste of the tea in their tin!

The white chocolate raspberry tart was embarrassingly simple -- a white chocolate filling topped with fresh raspberries.     With a Pillsbury crust, it was an easy dessert . . and an elegant dessert.


1 pie crust, baked
1 box instant white chocolate instant pudding
3 cups raspberries
1/2 c. seedless raspberry preserves
1 T. water or Frambois

Prepare pudding according to package directions and pour into pre baked pie crust.     Refrigerate until firm.    Put raspberries on top of filling (I made rings).    Mix raspberry preserves with water or Frambois and heat until preserves are melted.    Brush onto the raspberries.    Refrigerate pie until serving time.


I just slice my eggplant, dip in egg and then roll in Italian seasoned bread crumbs.   I brown the eggplant slices.    Put some marinara sauce in the bottom of a pan, lay the eggplant on top, add a slice of fresh mozzarella on top of each eggplant slice, pour the rest of the marinara sauce over all and then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.    I baked at 350 for about a half hour or so.

It's Thursday and I'm joining Susan and all the other sweet ladies at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday!


On Crooked Creek said...

Lovely tablescape! That orange bittersweet is quite striking with your blue & white dinnerware! Your gifts are precious! I've already copied your recipes...can't wait to try them! Divinely delicious!!!

Jocelyn said...

What a lovely table! And the food looks so delicious. The red, white salad on the blue plate is so stunning.

Jocelyn @

Entertaining Women said...

Another beautiful table dressed in blue and white. The touches of orange are just perfect. Thank you for the wonderful recipes! Cherry Kay

Linda said...

I love your linens. I have some of my Mother's from Wales. It reminds me of them...such a beautiful table. Linda

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Really lovely! And delicious recipes.

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

Martha, I think you give the most elegant lunches imaginable. Your tablescapes are always so elegant. What a treat to be one of the attendees. Love the idea of the Bar Harbour tea too.

Kerin said...

How lovely. You always set a table in the most beautiful manner.
The food that you served looks to die for too. Thanks for sharing your recipes. I'm going to have to give that tart a try.
Have a wonderful day.

56steps said...

What a feast! For the eyes and the belly.

Carrie said...

Ahh, you've prepared a wonderful spread for your guests...the food looks absolutely mouth-watering, and I enjoy seeing the lovely linens, Spode, and hotel flatware.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Wow -- the orange and blue go together SO beautifully! Aren't they opposite one another on the color wheel? I guess they should do well cozied up together then ... but it's a combination I don't normally think of using. Gorgeous.

And Martha, you have the BEST LOOKING food ... and I'll bet it tastes even better. Fabulous.

The cloth and napkins probably are a bridge set, and are certainly early 20th century. So cute. I love to see old hand done linens being used and appreciated!

and last night's chat was great -- even if a little late ... sorry about that!

Bernideen said...

I am sure they all left very content and feeling spoiled!

Maura @ Kisiwa Creek Photography said...

As if I wasn't hungry enough...then I come to this post Martha! :) Oooo this looks so good...ALL of it. Beautiful tablecloth and napkins and dishes too...LOVE the blue and white. I'm going to have to come back and write out these recipes and give them a try when my sister is here! Have a wonderful weekend.
Maura :)

Bonnie said...

What a nice luncheon down to every detail! I am definitely copying your recipes. You have fortunate friends to have such a lovely lunch. Is the bittersweet faux too? I haven't seen any but I have not been to Michaels this fall. I hope your guests reciprocate and have you for such a nice luncheon Thanks for sharing.