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, January 16, 2013

First Lunch Bunch of 2013

The Lunch Bunch
A group of women who have become dear friends
over the last 13 years as once a month we meet for lunch

And usually at Linderhof

It was my idea --
For I love to try new recipes 
And have an appreciative audience to serve them to

Our first lunch of 2013, at Linderhof . . . 

In the dining room this winter,
because the breakfast room is too full of plants

And then, I thought, as I was setting the table
that perhaps we should lunch more often in the dining room

For it seems more proper

No tablecloth, but a lacy runner
And matching placemats
It lets the glow of the wood shine through

My Aynsley old Pembroke plates, Jim's grandmother's silver, white damask napkins in silver napkin rings, the French water goblets . . . and, of course, a menu!

The centerpiece, three of the hyacinths that I'm forcing that are budded and almost ready to bloom.
And two wee lead birds -- which were a Christmas gift from The Lunch Bunch
(and in the background . . . a Christmas poinsettia still leads color to the dining room!)

The Menu at each place

Carrot and coriander soup to start
served in Spode Famille Rose cups with a garnish of cilantro 

Creamy Herb Baked Chicken
(from Sweet Remembrances Recipe Collection cookbook that I bought from Sweet Remembrances Tea Room) (Nancy shares a blog with her sister -- visit them at The Rosemary House)
salad of mixed baby greens with vinaigrette
Herbed biscuit

Cookbooks on the island -- the ones I used for the chicken and dessert.

Ina's Pear, Apple and Cranberry Crisp
Still warm from the oven
Served on a Royal Stafford Rock Bird plate
A small Waterford pitcher holds heavy cream
Which was perfect poured over the crisp.

It's Thursday and I'm joining Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish and Susan at Between Naps On the Porch  for Tablescape Thursday.


Anonymous said...

Would you believe I have Lunch Bunch once each month? Ours is a group who has met since our kids were young, and now that they are grown it's a wonderful way to keep in touch. I like knowing you share time with special friends as well.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Martha, Ina's crisp looks delicious!! And your table setting is beautiful. I think lunch with girlfriends is really important to our mental well-being. Your friends must feel very special when they come to this table. I always like to see a printed menu--it shows so much thought. Linda

Antiques And Teacups said...

That looks like a marvelous menu. And the dining room looks so warm and inviting. Wonderful!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Ina's crisp looks delicious! I know my girlfriends would love it too. I took note of the printed menu. Great idea.

Tricia said...

I am ready to move to your town and join the Lunch Bunch! What a pretty table for January, and I love the different china patterns you used for the different courses. As always, the food looks divine! said...

I love your hyacinth bulb vases -- such beautiful colors even before the bulbs bloom! Isn't it fun to use the heirloom china and linens when you have a smaller group? Lovely.

On Crooked Creek said...

From the table linens, to the dinnerware, placemats, flatware and stemware...what an exquisite tablescape for your first Lunch Bunch of 2013!!!The menu sounds delicious!
I adore the photo of your place setting with the sun steaming through on the china! Such lovely hues in this china pattern!!!Thanks for sharing the number of years of your friendships...13 for 2013...amazing!!!

Shirley said...

A lovely menu and a beautiful table setting. I bet the girls really appreciate your efforts. What fun!

The Style Sisters said...

I used to have a lunch bunch when we lived in Texas...I miss that! Really pretty tablesacpe! Come link up to centerpiece Wed and share your post.

Penny said...

I know I would love this lunch. Lovely menu and beautiful table. I have made Ina's crisp before so there is no doubt that it is absolutely delicious. You have lucky friends.

Scribbler said...

I wanna join this lunch bunch! You always leave me slobbering on my computer!

Phyllis @Around the House said...

lunch looks wonderful and the table is so the pictures..thanks for sharing

Marigene said...

Lovely china...the food looks delicious!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hello Martha
I like how you tied in the shadow of a hyacinth on the menu and the portion sizes are perfect for a ladies luncheon. Well done, with the details for an enjoyable gathering.

Rosemary and Thyme said...

How nice that you host a lunch each month. I know your girlfriends must love it. And the table setting is just beautiful. How inviting. The food looks yummy too.


Sarah said...

Pretty table for your Lunch Bunch. What a fun idea for getting together regularly.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a wonderful menu, Martha! I know I would love to be a guest at your table. I'd be savoring every morsel.

Kathleen said...

So pretty! Lunch looks delicious, making me hungry!
Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!