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.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Cooking With Herbs - Fire Lake Camp Style

Today I traveled north
Paola, Kansas


a wonderful place where friend Julie
hosts all kinds of great events.

And in her terrific kitchen . . .

We cooked with herbs this morning.

Fresh herbs, dried herbs, my Herbes de Provence and French lavender
and two favorite herb books,
The Herbfarm Cookbook
Betty Crocker's Kitchen Gardens
a well used book that I've had "forever"
and really is my herbal bible.

Another favorite, Cooking with Herbs,  by Emilie Tolley
and my lavender sugar and my jar of herbal flour

Julie set lovely tables for her guests.

The dining table set for ten.

And the smaller table set for six.

With a wonderful centerpiece of moss and eggs

And at each place . . . 

A viola.   Decorative and to take home.
A remembrance of an event at Fire Lake Camp

It was an herbal lunch

Chicken salad three ways (plain, with tarragon, and with dill)
pasta salad with oregano
fruit salad with basil cinnamon dressing
chive madeleine 

And at a Cooking With Herbs class
There is always dessert

Ina Garten's Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes
with the addition of lavender

And each guest got to take home . . .

Two lavender sugar cookies
for afternoon tea

It was a fun day, a great group, and Julie is a wonderful hostess.
She told me that next week, the asparagus should be ready to pick.
I may head north again
for I adore fresh picked asparagus.

And after class, I headed north
to two of my favorite garden centers.
My car was full when I came home!

It was a beautiful April day on the prairie.

It is Sunday and I'm joining the Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday for it's Spring and the herb garden is awakening and although the clippings are not as lush in summer, it's good to have a nice supply of fresh herbs in the kitchen again!


Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

What a nice treat. Thanks for sharing.

The Tablescaper said...

Super to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

MarmePurl said...

Lavender Sugar. I must add that to my to-make list this year. I love the 'fire camp' stamp on the cookies. Do you know how that was done?

Southerncook said...

Martha, I was able to access with my iPad. Your herb class looked like so much fun. What a fabulous venue and I loved her tables.


Pondside said...

What a lovely day that must have been - for guests and instructors!

Bernideen said...

I had missed all these wonderful posts!

On Crooked Creek said...

Love this amazing kitchen!!!
Those tables simply, yet elegantly set for your Herb Cooking Class!!!
Every dish looked delicious!!!
Thanks for sharing!!!

GardenOfDaisies said...

It sounds like a really wonderful day! I've been looking at the various dinners they do over the summer and am hoping to get to one soon.