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 3, 2012

A Rotarian For Dinner

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.
Cruise Critic!

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.



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.


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,

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

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

Pondside said...

Cruise Critic is great for connecting with like-souls before the trip. I'll bet the conversation was great during your dinner!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

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.

The Tablescaper said...

Love the concept of individual pies.

- The Tablescaper

podso said...

I'm sure there was no better restaurant than yours! What a nice surprise for your friends!

Bernideen said...

You have done it again! This looks wonderful!

Lemon Verbena Lady said...

I'm sorry for your loss of Oliver, Martha. I'm glad you have Dolly to cheer you up! xxoo Nancy

Southerncook said...

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.


Rissy Anne said...

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.

Marigene said...

Love your blue and white!

Kathleen said...

The ribs and pie look delicious!
Thanks so much for linking to Let's Dish!