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, August 3, 2016

An August Lunch

Every year, I donate a luncheon to the "other" PEO chapter in town
for their fundraiser auction.
"You and two friends are invited to join me for lunch"

Today, was the day that Marcy and her two friends joined me

Such a grand occasion called for the lace tablecloth

Real flowers
(but really, when did you ever see me using faux?)

 And the "good"china
Noritake Marcsite
I think everyone needs at least one set of white/cream china with a gold band
So classy!

Of course, I always do a  menu

The first course was my favorite blue and bleu salad
blueberries, bleu cheese and pecans
over romaine dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette
(homemade, of course!)

The entree was called "Apricot Chicken"
I've seen it forever and never made it --
it's always in church cookbooks from the late 70s and 80s
usually right before or right after the chicken dish we call "Sarah's Chicken"

It's an old recipe you can tell because it calls for a whole chicken
That was back in the day when your choice of chicken was whole or cut up
Rarely, did you find packages of special pieces!

You mix a cup of apricot jam, 1/2 package of onion soup mix, 1/4 bottle of Russian dressing (again, showing the age of the recipe -- I subbed Ott's) and 2 T. mayonnaise.    Mix together, pour over chicken and bake at 350 for 1 hour.


Especially when served with white and wild rice with more of the sauce drizzled over!

Dessert was classic and simple

A cherry pie
Made from local cherries from the freezer
And my own pie crust
A lattice crust because Mom always made cherry pie with a lattice crust.

A simple pie just cherries, sugar, butter, flour and a bit of almond flavoring.
So you can taste the cherries

But what pie doesn't taste better with a little ice cream?
(Not homemade)

And friend Marcy who bought the lunch as a fundraiser brought me a hostess gift

A wonderful heart with a great message

Which goes perfectly in my breakfast room
What a great way to start the day!


Pondside said...

Oh my goodness, Martha, this was NOT a good post to read as I try to stay away from an evening snack! What a delicious lunch you prepared!

Pat said...

The apricot chicken and rice looks wonderful. I copied the recipe and will make it soon. Too many cold meals this summer. I want some comfort food!

Beth said...

Martha, I really enjoy reading about and seeing photos when you entertain. You are a great and imaginative cook and your tables are lovely. I don't recall seeing this china before. It's pretty, and it sure is nice to have several sets of dinnerware to select from.
Blessings, Beth

Anonymous said...

It looks and sounds wonderful. Lucky ladies who got invited! xoxoxo

Miss Jane said...


I very much enjoy your blog. I love seeing your beautiful tables and all the delicious good you prepare for friends and other visitors. I also enjoy entertaining but often feel like it's too much work for one person to get everything to the table on time without (me) looking like a melted mess. Thanks for the inspiration!

Rosemary said...

Beautiful! and looks delicious!