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, April 4, 2012
A Spring Luncheon
It's Spring! And what better way to celebrate Spring than with a luncheon! I adore having company for luncheon, tea or dinner! And I often will donate a luncheon for 4 to a local charity. It's my way of giving and surprisingly enough the luncheons are usually big money makers! Some organizations, I've donated to for years . . . and if anyone calls and asks, I'm always willing to donate.
Also, whenever I do a program for a group, we often end the program with a drawing for a luncheon at Linderhof!
Therefore, when friend Maybelle called all excited because she was the "victor" in the bidding war for my luncheon, I knew it had to be special.
The table set for four in the breakfast room. A lace cloth -- because lace seems so springy and so feminine for a luncheon.
It is Lent and so my two French lamb molds are on the table -- as they are for the six weeks of Lent. A Spode blue Italian pitcher holds garden flowers. I am also glad when centerpieces can be garden flowers.
Spode Blue Room plates, my hotel silver, and a green napkin in one of my silver napkin rings.
The lunch? A spring menu, of course!
Creamy carrot soup topped with a garden viola.
And the little touches matter -- butter pats in a dish and topped with a rose geranium leaf.
Asparagus quiche -- a new recipe from a cookbook by Susan Mason -- it was very good!
The quiche, a mixed green salad with Linderhof vinaigrette and corn made lines.
But the best part of any luncheon is dessert --
Bourbon Praline Cake . . . it's a great cake and I fancied it up with a shower of powdered sugar and a large luscious strawberry.
The cake is definitely a winner and I will make it again. It's easy to make and only gets better with age.
It came from a newer cookbook of mine . . .
From the Johnson County (Kansas) Young Matrons. Love the title for 50 years ago punch bowls were truly optional! (as were gloves and hats and heels and dresses). The Young Matrons are not so (or at least some of them for I saw plenty of grey haired matrons among those working the event where I bought the cookbook).
It's Spring, we're getting ready for Easter and I'm joining Kathleen at Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish as well as Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.