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.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Friends for Dinner

We invited a dear friend and her two sons for dinner tonight

Dinner in the dining room
Lace tablecloth, damask napkins in silver rings and the Spode Blue Room
(because it's dish washable!)

Peonies from the garden in a crystal vase are the centerpiece

A "homey" dinner filled with foods from the Farmers Market

Nancy Fuller's Farmhouse Rules pot roast and gravy
(It's a keeper of a recipe -- both the pot roast and gravy)

And if you have gravy you have to have mashed potatoes
With a good piece of butter to melt into the hot potatoes and for color a sprinkle of paprika on top!

Baby carrots, real baby carrots, glazed and roasted asparagus
So good, so fresh!

A pre marriage days recipe for fresh strawberry pie
Because I have a goodly amount of local strawberries
I do think it was the best strawberry pie I've ever had
(and I chalk that up to the strawberries rather than the cook!)

We had a delightful evening 
And all too soon they left for home
And I tidied up!

The dishwasher is humming and Jim and I are going to end the evening on the front porch in our rockers.
It's a delightful evening out!

The strawberry pie recipe:


1 baked pie shell
1 quart strawberries
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
3 T. cornstarch
few drops red food color
Whipped cream for serving

Put water, sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan.     Cut up 1 cup of strawberries and add to water, sugar and cornstarch mixture.    Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture is thick and clear. Add a few drops of red food color.    Stir.     Hull the rest of the berries and leave whole.    Put them into a bowl and pour the cooked mixture over.     Stir until all the berries are coated.    Pour into prepared pie shell.    Chill until serving.     Serve with a garnish of whipped cream.

1 comment:

Pondside said...

The strawberry pie looks delicious and makes me think that this would be a better use of my strawberries than a shortcake would. I will be googling the pot roast recipe!