I love January . . .
for whatever your do, it's always the first
Friday night we hosted the first dinner party of 2016
The sun was finally shinning
And as it came in our south dining room windows
And I loved the shadows of the lace on the armoire!
The table is all set
The lace tablecloth
fresh flowers in an antique Depression glass blue Mayfair sweetie vase
The tables at Linderhof are never "exciting"
They're just classic
As my mother or grandmother would have done
And as I continue to do
Jim's job is always beverages
He was ready for company
Who were Scotch drinkers
The dogs hunkered down
And I always love the house just before guests arrive
there is just an anticipation that a room seems to have when you're expecting company!
Drinks and appetizers are always in the parlor
Two old favorites:
Hot cheese puffs
Both were well received!
A Greek salad for a first course
What makes it Greek?
Why the addition of oregano and feta cheese!
Salads placed, candles lit
Dinner is Served!
The main course was Moussaka
A favorite for dinner parties for almost our entire marriage!
Jim had been to Greece, ate lots of moussaka and hoped I could replicate it after we married
I could and did
And it became the "exotic" entree whenever we had a dinner party
One of the guests favors crisps and crumbles
So I did an apple one
From a New York cookbook
(where this guest is from -- New York. Albany, actually)
It has calvados soaked cherries in with the apples and no cinnamon or nutmeg
It's a refreshing crisp
Topped with a honey lemon cream
Which was perfect with the boozy apples and cherries
I love the table after everyone has gone
It proves that a good time was had by all!
And before I can go to bed,
all the dishes are cleared and hand washing is done
the dishwasher is loaded and turned on
And the tablecloth and napkins are put in the washer
(And those bottles of Scotch are put away!)
So when I come downstairs in the morning
It looks normal!
Jim and I love to host dinner parties and Linderhof has seen a fair share.
My ideal party is 6 but last night we had 7
I do eight on occasion but I think the conversation flows better when there are six
We prefer a diverse guest list too
The dinner conversation is much more lively
If we don't all work at the same place or go to the same church or even are the same political party!