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, August 27, 2014

Happy Birthday . . . Dear Anne

Dear Friend Anne had a birthday today
And we celebrated at lunch
But we also celebrated at Linderhof

With dinner
In the dining room

The blue and white always sets a pretty table
And Husband Jim takes great pains on the wines we will serve

Linderhof's table for company
A lace cloth, damask napkins in silver rings, Jim's grandmother's cutlery, and blue and white transfer ware

And I love these shots
When the guests are gone
When the candles have burned low
When there are empty plates, wine glasses and wine bottles
It's a picture of a fun time!

And we served . . . 

Bruchetta in the parlor with pre dinner drinks
A simple tomato, basil, garlic and olive oil on grilled bread

After the salads . . .

Ina Garten's eggplant gratin
(the guest of honor is a eggplant parmesan fan
This is a close second
And I recipe that I make a lot of in the summer
It is so good!

And all Italian meals should have a pasta course

Gina Stipos bolognese sauce over penne pasta
(for dinner parties I prefer "formable" pasta
No "slurps" at Linderhof!

And the honoree' favorite dessert -- anything lemon!

A Provencal lemon cake filled with lemon curd, another dollop of curd on top, whipped cream and a lemon slice
It's a very fine cake!

And of course, for birthdays there needs to be gifts . . . 

A tin of Opera Fudge
A conectionary treat from her childhood home in Lebanon, Pennsylvania
She was surprised not only at the tin of fudge
But that I had made it!

It's Thursday and I'm sharing my table with Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.


Rosie M. said...

A lovely table for an obviously yummy dinner and special celebration! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

The Quintessential Magpie said...

How very blessed Anne is to have you as a friend! This is lovely... From the cloth to the china to the crystal to the flatware to that s run,pious meal... Perfection.

That meal made me so hungry I guess I will go forage for food!

Thanks for sharing...



The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sorry... Scrumptious. My IPAD plays tricks on me!

Southerncook said...

Beautiful table and excellent menu. I'm sure a good time was had by all and Happy Birthday to Anne.


Kay said...

What a nice birthday dinner! Everything looks lovely and delicious. Curious to know the wine selection?

Balisha said...

Such an elegant table. I love your comment on the picture of the table after the meal is over. I feel that way too... but never thought of taking a picture. I will look for the recipe for eggplant.
Have a grand weekend.

Bookie said...

I made your tomato spice bread and it is a wonder! Of course it uses sugar which we aren't to have here so it was extra sweet to us. Have you ever made molasses a good tea bread in middle of winter.

Anonymous said...

Love the table and the food looks amazing!

Deb said...

What a scrumptious birthday dinner, Martha. Your friend is a very lucky lady to have such a friend in you. Love your blue and white dishes and I would ask for anything lemon, too. :) Deb