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.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Cookbook Book Club, Vol VI -- RED, WHITE AND BLUE

This month the hostess was Michelle and she chose a

"RED, WHITE, and BLUE" theme

We ended up at Linderhof with Michelle and I working together
on the table!

In the dining room

A table of red white and blue!
A great table for our Cookbook Club and a great table for the Fourth of July!

Blue transfer ware is a natural for a patriotic table!
Red and blue bandana napkins
Some red, white and blue "fireworks"
And vintage flag glasses!

All of the Fourth of July "bling" came from Michelle
I provided the blue and white plates and the chargers!

An easy centerpiece --
red carnations in a blue and white pitcher
And a few patriotic pinwheels to take it up a notch!
(Again the "bling" was provided by Michelle!)

We've been starting with cocktails
And this Volume was no different
It was a nice night and so we gathered on the porch

For watermelon mojitos
They were really good!
And I will make them again
And (aghast) some guests had more than one!

Dinner --

Smoked chicken quarters
(done by Michelle's husband David)
along with your choice of sauce
From Joe's (you can call it Oklahoma or Kansas City -- but it's still Joe's!)


The best strawberries
dipped first in white chocolate
And then dipped in blue sugar!

They were pretty and really looked magazine worthy!

Rita's contribution


A bleu cheese coleslaw with red pepper and green onion top.
An old recipe of mine that I've been making for at least 30 years.
From a Nevada Thalia's Tasting Tour
And our third favorite coleslaw recipe


Twice Baked potatoes.   Red potatoes and the white flesh held plenty of blue cheese.
Angela brought them and we all agreed that the smaller size was a great idea
And they were good -- I ate two!

We served buffet style in the breakfast room.   A paper tablecloth from Wal Mart covered the table and a blue and white sugar bowl full of little flags completed the "red, white and blue" theme.

No Cookbook Club dinner is complete until we've had


Donna's contribution, a no bake cheesecake which was delicious and refreshing and we loved her red white and blue decorations!

It was a fun evening, after dinner we talked about food and other things until almost 10:30!

July's theme is "All Things Ina" and we're looking forward to that one!
Me, I've got desert and I know what I'm bringing!

On Thursday I'm sharing my table with Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday and on Friday I'm sharing the delicious food with Michael at Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday.


Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Martha,
Everything looks so patriotic, especially those strawberries! I'll have to remember those. The food all looks so good! How fun to get together with friends and share such yummy food!

Sarah said...

A Cookbook Club ~ what a great idea! Your red, white, and blue theme is perfectly patriotically. '-)
Happy 4th of July!

Bernideen said...

The food looks wonderful as well as the darling table!

Pat said...

What an elegant red, white and blue tablescape, dear friend!!!
I love the coleslaw photo, twice baked potatoes in smaller portions
and individual desserts!!! Everything looked divinely decadent!!!
The pinwheels are my favorite decoration. . .
these were my first experience of my childhood Fourth of July's!!!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

What a delightful table and what delicious looking food. I'm always inspired by your posts!

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Oh boy the food looks so delicious! Lucky the book club members getting to dine on all this yummy food! Love the patriotic table! Have a wonderful 4th!

Chloe Crabtree said...

What a fun get-together, with everyone contributing. I love your tablescape, I think my mother had those same glasses once upon a time! I would love it if you would stop by and share this over at my new link party at:

Wishing you a wonderful 4th! Hugs! Chloe

Canadian Chickadee said...

It all looks wonderful. I particularly like the patriotic flag glasses. What a find!
The food looks terrific too. I especially like the look of the chocolate dipped strawberries with the blue sugar on the tips. I tried to make some chocolate dipped strawberries a few weeks ago, but they turned out to be a bit of a disaster. Not sure just what I did wrong, but obviously something! However, they tasted okay. As my friend Lucie said, "How can anything with chocolate and strawberries be bad!?!"

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

Those red, white and blue strawberries are my favorite photo of the bunch. It all looks very delicious, though, and sounds like a very lovely gathering.