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, May 18, 2016

Back to Back -- Guests for Lunch

Two luncheons
Two days
Six guests

We start with the centerpiece

Garden wisteria

On Monday . . . 

The lace tablecloth
Jim's grandmother's cutlery
white damask napkins in silver rings
Spode Blue Room plates

On Tuesday . . . 

Lace tablecloth
white damask napkins in silver rings 
(different napkins than Mondays)
Spode Blue Room Plates
(different plates because Mondays were still in the dishwasher!)
Jim's grandmother's cutlery
(the same ones I used Monday because those got washed by hand)

Monday's Menu . . . 

A salad trio --
Fresh fruit salad with maple nutmeg cinnamon syrup
Christmas Broccoli Salad
(Also known at Linderhof as "Plan B" salad and the "B" isn't for broccoli)
Oven Chicken Salad
(the one my Mom always served when "the ladies" came to her house for lunch)

Served with corn madeleines

Strawberry fool for dessert
And if you haven't had a fool, you should!
It's a great light dessert
And what isn't there to like about fresh local strawberries and whipped cream
(With a little bourbon thrown in!)

Tuesday's Menu . . .

The last of the strawberries in a strawberry salad
with onion and home candied pecans
and homemade poppy seed dressing

Sarah's Chicken
(which is what we call it -- every single time I see the recipe, it's got a different name -- but to us it's Sarah's Chicken because it's Daughter Sarah's favorite chicken dish)

Rhubarb meringue pie
I was going to do the fool again because it was so good . . . 
But when I went to get the needed orange for the fool recipe there was
fresh local rhubarb in the store . . . 
I love rhubarb but had never made a meringue pie with it --
it was good!

And on Friday . . . 
I have another and bigger group of ladies coming for lunch
It's one of those old fashioned
"Salad Luncheons"
where everyone brings a salad
(and I'll provide also bread, drink and dessert)

It's certainly been a company week at Linderhof!

I'm sharing with Susan at Between Naps On the Porch and Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm


Francie Newcomb said...

You are an entertaining genius! I just think about it and you actually do it!

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Beautiful table, love the blue plates. Perfect for entertaining.

Pondside said...

I love back to back parties - the centrepiece is re-used and all the cleaning and tidying gets to do double duty!