Paul and his wife Pat
are from Colorado -- Colorado Springs to be exact
They're going on the same cruise next year as we are
and that's how we got acquainted with them.
Paul is a Rotarian and he and Husband Jim "connected"
Paul emailed and was driving through our part of the
prairie and wondered if we would be free for dinner Sunday night.
They would take us out, his email said.
So we said okay to Paul
That we would be happy to have them stop by
He, however, doesn't know our little town on the prairie
There isn't much open on Sunday night here
but Mexican, Chinese and Fast Food.
Husband Jim and I, however, knew that dinner would be at Linderhof.
|A casual table in the dining room for an early Sunday evening dinner.|
In the dining room
A casual dinner
|The sunflower is our State flower|
With garden sunflowers for a centerpiece
A gift from the birds
|We served family style so left plenty of room for the bowl, casserole and platter.|
With four in the dining room we like to sit two by two
With our blue and white transfer ware, a Williams Sonoma Provencal tablecloth and green napkins
|There can never be too many ribs. We always serve them "bare" and let people sauce there own.|
A big platter of ribs smoked by Husband Jim
|A recipe from Daughter Sarah and both she and I vary the cheese -- this night I made them|
with Pepper Jack and a sprinkle of Cheddar on top.
A casserole of cheesy grits made by me!
(for we like either crispy fried or soft, creamy and cheese with ribs)
|I love individual desserts -- everyone gets a whole one!|
And individual apple tarts topped with cinnamon and Calvados flavored whipped cream.
INDIVIDUAL APPLE TARTS
1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 t. salt
1 stick cold butter, cut into cubes
2 T sugar
1 egg yolk
2 to 3 T. very cold water
In large bowl mix together flour, sugar and salt. Using your hand or pastry cutter, rub the cold butter into the flour until it resembles coarse cornmeal or breadcrumbs (I used my food processor).
Add in egg yolk and cold water and mix until dough comes together (again I used the food processor). Form it into a disk and chill the dough for an hour before using.
FOR THE APPLE FILLING:
4 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and slice thinly
4 T. brown sugar (more if you like sweeter)
1 T. butter
1 t. cinnamon
1 egg beaten
In a pan, warm up butter and add in the apple and sugar. Cook until the apple soften and juice reduced. Turn off heat and add in cinnamon. Let it cool.
Grease tart molds with some butter. Roll out the pastry to about 1/8 inch and line the pastry into the tart pan.
Put the filling into the tart pan and cover the top with the balance of the pastry.
Brush the top with beaten egg and bake in a preheated 350 oven for 45 minutes or until golden.
It's Thursday and I'm sharing my Sunday Dinner with Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday and Kathleen at Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish.
Beautiful table with delish food, what else can your guests ask for?! Wow, those ribs look fabulous! Hugs,
Yum--the apple tarts look delicious, and so do the ribs!! So nice of you to prepare this delightful meal for your new friends. Hope you have a wonderful cruise. My Dad was president of his Rotary Club, and he really enjoyed the activities. Linda
Cruise Critic is great for connecting with like-souls before the trip. I'll bet the conversation was great during your dinner!
Ooh Martha, your menu sounds wonderful! I'll bet your new friends ate it up!!! The individual tarts were the perfect ending. What fun to go on a cruise with your new friends.
Love the concept of individual pies.
- The Tablescaper
I'm sure there was no better restaurant than yours! What a nice surprise for your friends!
You have done it again! This looks wonderful!
I'm sorry for your loss of Oliver, Martha. I'm glad you have Dolly to cheer you up! xxoo Nancy
Your dinner party looked lovely as always and the food looks absolutely delicious. I was so saddened to read about Ollie. I know you will miss him but how fortunate that Dolly came into your life when she did. I'm sure it will lessen the pain of losing Ollie somewhat since I know he was well loved. I tried to send you an email but it bounced back to me and I read at the Cafe that you were having some issues with your email and you mentioned something about your blog that I didn't quite understand. It must be fixed since you are posting again. Let me know when you get your email back up I have some things to tell you.
These look delicious. I am heading to the apple orchard today and this has inspired me to see if I can work in a "healthy" breakfast torte using apples.
Love your blue and white!
The ribs and pie look delicious!
Thanks so much for linking to Let's Dish!
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