Linderhof


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.

18 comments:

relevanttealeaf said...

What a lovely spring luncheon. I know your friend enjoyed every minute around your beautiful table!
The menu is superb!

Deb said...

I want to have lunch at your house. I guess I'll have to move. ;-) Love the photos and that cake...yummo! Deb

lindaraxa said...

I am going to check out that quiche recipe ASAP. She is great. Maybe I will substitute the tart for this quiche in my menu. Thanks!!!

Tricia said...

Love the idea of donating a luncheon! What a treat for the winner and her friends, to enjoy your pretty table and beautifully presented meal! You must tell us more about the bourbon praline cake -- sounds delicious!

Poppy said...

Oh my, what a beautiful luncheon table!Your post makes my mouth water:)Everything looks and sounds delicious! I love your Spode collection! Thanks for sharing lunch with us and for visiting me. Hugs, Poppy

A Haus to Call Home said...

Martha,
It always looks so pretty and yummy at your place!

podso said...

Wishing I could bid on one of your luncheons! And eat carrot soup out of blue spode.

ellen b. said...

Hold everything! I'll be right over. I'm in need of a lovely luncheon like this one. Blessings on you for treating and donating this luncheon to a local charity!

PAT said...

Deliciously beautiful Martha!

Marlis said...

I love risotto and would sign up for your class in a heartbeat.. if only I weren't so far away!! But to your lovely luncheon table. Wow. It's really really pretty with the blue plates and green napkins. Love when garden flowers grace the table.. The menu is wonderful!!! Happy Easter, many blessings, xo marlis

Kathleen said...

Hi Martha! I love the Spode blue plates, so pretty! Lunch looks delicious, I would love a piece of that quiche right now! Looks like a lovely luncheon! Thanks for linking to Let's Dish, and a very happy Easter to you!

Kristen said...

Hi! It's my first visit to your blog, I found you on Tablescape Thursday. I love your idea of donating a lunch to a charity. I remember doing that years ago when I was with PTA, and I might consider bringing it up to our ladies group at church. We are always looking for fun ways to make some money! Anyway, your table and menu was lovely and I enjoyed looking around you blog.

Judy Bigg said...

Oh what a job you have done with your table and all of your dishes of food. I especially like the looks of your Asparagus quiche. Think I may give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

Marigene said...

Your food looks mouthwatering delicious, Martha! You are using those beautiful Spode plates, I see...
Happy Easter.

Creations By Cindy said...

Your Spring luncheon looks delightful! Thanks for sharing! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Scribbler said...

Your table is always such a delight to visit, even if only "virtually." I wish I lived closer because I definitely would join the bidding war for a seat.

Southerncook said...

Bourbon Praline Cake sounds DIVINE. I think I NEED that recipe.

Carolyn

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

I'm always envious of those living close enough to bid on a Linderhof luncheon. Lucky ladies! This luncheon looked and sounded wonderful, as usual. I love cookbooks produced by junior leagues and the like; they seem to have the best tried and true recipes.