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, February 1, 2012

An Italian Kind of Lunch

Friend Shirley Ann invited herself for lunch.    "I've got a new recipe for pasta salad" she said when she called "and it makes a ton.    I'll be happy to share it with you."

I told her that would be great.    That I had a new loaf of crusty bread and that I needed a break as I was baking biscotti for my class at Life+Style and that I could "steal" a few for our dessert.

While she was on her way over, I set the table

The breakfast room is the perfect spot for lunch.

One of my tea cloths and since it was an "Italian" lunch, the Spode blue Italian.

No garden flowers -- and the hyacinths were done and the paperwhites  are still in their infancy -- so the Blue Italian bowl (which resides on the table during winter) with the remainder of this week's apples is the centerpiece as well as the two English barley twist candlesticks.

A simple table for a simple lunch.

A Spode Blue Italian plate for the pasta salad, a white linen napkin in a silver ring, the German knife and fork (laid English style -- upside down), a Spode Blue Italian bread plate and an English butter knife.    A water goblet and wine goblet -- husband Jim got them at an Estate Sale -- 4 big ones and three little ones -- we use them "just for us".

Spode Blue Italian is the perfect china to use for an Italian pasta salad.

A couple of Blue Italian cups and saucers -- all the better to dunk the biscotti in.    

We had a grand time at this impromptu lunch.    Shirley's salad was wonderful and we both felt that the biscotti was the perfect dessert.

And it was a nice respite from biscotti baking!

It's Thursday and I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday


The Tablescaper said...

Looks like the perfect lunch. Amazing how the linens turn it from ordinary to spectacular.

- The Tablescaper

Pondside said...

I can't imagine a nice thing than a call from a friend with lunch in hand, on her way over for a visit.

Carol at Serendipity said...

Sounds like a wonderful lunch. The table is gorgeous and I love your candlesticks!


acorn hollow said...

you had me interested in crusty bread. beautiful setting.

Karen said...

Your tablescape is wonderful!!
I'm curious about your biscotti. Do you share your recipe? I make biscotti every Christmas but don't give it much thought at any other time. My mother was Italian-American and a fabulous cook. I always use her recipe.
Have a great day!
Ladybug Creek

Rebecca said...

Sweet setting for just that kind of lunch!

And I am VERY curious about the pasta salad. Hmmmmmm. Wonder if she'd share the recipe????

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, as always, Martha. I love the blue and white and I do need a nice sized bowl or two!


A beautiful lunch with blue and white and yes, romantic too. A simple table always manages to look amazing with the right accessories, like goblets, candle sticks and linens. Hugs,

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I just love those barley twist candlesticks everytime I see them!

Bernideen said...

Lovely table - AGAIN!

Sandra said...

A perfect table setting for a perfect lunch. I love the blue and white. So calming. Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

What a wonderful way to spend lunchtime! I love that you pulled it all together without alot of fuss and it looks beautiful! Bravo!
Blessings My Friend,

Dianne said...

Seems like bread is the word of the day today! I love those wooden candelsticks.

Meredith said...

Beautiful table. Your stemware is stunning with the Blue Italian.

Marlis said...

Love your spode!! The bowl is perfect for a centerpiece. I am sure you and your friend had a delightful time.. xo marlis

Rushd Lady said...

Sounds yummy! I recently wrote a post on my craft blog that you might find interesting! Come on over!

Entertaining Women said...

Another wonderful setting on the porch. The Blue Italian is so special....the centerpiece is a treasure. Thank you for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Tea in Texas said...

I am visiting you again and love the impromptu tablescape! What a wonderful idea to share food and frienship! The china and linens are so lovely. Happy Tablescaping! Pam