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 23, 2013

Italian on the Terrace

Is it a patio or a terrace?
And what exactly is the difference
Patio sounds more 50s California ranch house
While terrace is European, Italian, French

We have one at Linderhof
put there years ago
And it's big!
Big enough for a big party
But small enough, too,
that on a nice fall evening

We can dine on our terrace

When we eat outside,
there are still candles
And tablecloths
And napkins

We favor lace
both inside and out
And white napkins
There is just something so classy about white napkins
(and if someone uses one to mop up spilled wine
you can bleach the heck out of it!)

And we move from salad course
to entree
Just because we're outside doesn't mean that there isn't courses!

And the blue and white looks as good outside and it does in!

And a centerpiece, always
A Guy Wolff pot with a white geranium
It's the summer centerpiece on the table
sans cloth most of the time
And a lantern for candlelight

And the food?

A simple pasta supper of penne, Italian sausage, sauce and Parmesan
A slice of ciabatta with tomatoes and cheese on top.

Alas, no dessert!

But perhaps a stroll around the garden after dinner
The dogs are shameless beggars
especially outside
And Husband Jim
feeds their cause!
They hang around him,
not me!
For I'm not as generous as he is!

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


Pat said...

I could hear the violins sweetly playing as I read your post today, dear friend!!!
Lovely tablescape in a lovely setting with a lovely meal. . .simply divine!!!

GardenOfDaisies said...

An italian dinner on the terrace sounds delightful!! I love that you still make your table look pretty, even if you are eating outdoors.

Canadian Chickadee said...

Yum, the pasta looks and sounds delicious...maybe I'll have to fix some for dinner tonight. xoxox

From the Kitchen said...

It's a terrace. I love the idea of an Italian dinner on the terrace with good wine, good food and good friends!!


Rebecca said...

Charming! Why we don't dine outdoors more is a mystery to me :)