Dear Friend Anne had a birthday today
And we celebrated at lunch
But we also celebrated at Linderhof
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.
A lovely table for an obviously yummy dinner and special celebration! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch
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...
Sorry... Scrumptious. My IPAD plays tricks on me!
Beautiful table and excellent menu. I'm sure a good time was had by all and Happy Birthday to Anne.
What a nice birthday dinner! Everything looks lovely and delicious. Curious to know the wine selection?
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.
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 bread....it a good tea bread in middle of winter.
Love the table and the food looks amazing!
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
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