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 31, 2012

The Cape Codders Come for Dinner

Halloween Eve
The Cape Codders
came for dinner
Three couples, who with us, shared a house for a week on Cape Cod

We haven't been all together since the Friday before we left Cape Cod
to come home

It was good to see them again.

And since it was fall . . . 

A fall tablecloth -- bronzy and gold

The blue and white china, of course.
White damask napkins in silver napkin rings, of course
A Halloween card as both place card

And menu card

The blue and white bowl filled with pumpkins and fall leaves

But we need flowers too -- mums from the garden in crystal rose bowls
Small sterling candlesticks -- 4 of them.
I like the simplicity of these low candleholders.

And before dinner

We gather in the living room for drinks and appetizer.

Cheese in the shape of pumpkins with a parsley leaf and a pretzel stem

And the table awaits

The menu?

Salad of roasted apple, roasted pecans, blue cheese and greens with a apple cider vinaigrette

Pork tenderloin with a cranberry balsamic sauce (there has to be one cranberry dish for the Cape Codders!), butternut squash risotto with saffron and a hasselback potato

Chocolate Mousse Torte with a small candy pumpkin which I made

Good food, good friends, a good evening . . .

And when everyone is gone . . . 

It's Thursday and I'm sharing my fall dinner party with Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish and with Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.


Southerncook said...

Beautiful table, sumptious menu and it looks as though everyone had a fabulous time.


Pondside said...

Lucky guests! As if it isn't amazing enough to share a holiday with the two of you - they have the thrill of a dinner at Linderhof too! It just looks delicious!

Petra said...

What a great blog you have! Very inspirational :)
Greetings from The Netherlands!

Rose H (UK) said...

What a wonderful cosy setting, delightful food and I'm sure fabulous company :o) Your friends are very lucky.
Rose H

On Crooked Creek said...

Your menu sounds and looks delicious, dear friend!!! The tablescape was exquisite!!! Your personal touches of menu card and "pumpkin" foods made this a magical evening for all, indeed! Thank you for you continued inspirations!!!

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Fabulous table! Love those gorgeous fall colors.
Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Carolyn said...

Beautiful!!! Those lucky Cape Codders -it looks so cosy.


Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Cute to see the after too.
You certainly know how to have a dinner party!

Custom Comforts said...

What a lovely dinner you have prepared. What lucky friends you have. Your home looks like pictures from a magazine.

Susan Freeman said...

What a beautiful table and the menu is just perfect for a fall celebration. I am so happy to meet you and am now your newest follower. Stop by for a chat when you have a chance.

Susan and Bentley

Marlis said...

a wonderful menu at a beautifully set table. You've inspired me to set a blue and orange table for thanksgivings as your blue china always is so pretty on your table. I love the after shots too.. xo marlis

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

Lovely table and another scrumptious menu!

Michelle said...

Amazing! All of it...the colors, the food, the decor...