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.

Friday, December 30, 2016

A Tale of Three Luncheons

It's been quite a week for company at Linderhof
I had guests for lunch Wednesday (which I've already told you about),
Thursday and Friday

It's kind of a swan song for Christmas decorations
For soon they're go in their boxes --
Scott City, too
We love our tree and like to share
Because we have a real tree, it doesn't go up too early
And then we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations
Therefore, the best time for us to entertain during the Christmas season
is after Christmas

The week between Christmas and New Year's!

Luncheon One on Wednesday
Friends - Kate, Jeffrey and Shaun joined me for lunch

Luncheon Two on Thursday
Maxine Zimmerman, her daughter and her grade school great-granddaughters had luncheon at Linderhof

Luncheon Three on Friday - dear Nevada friends joined me for luncheon
I used the same lace tablecloth for all three luncheons,
white damask napkins in silver rings
And Jim's grandmother's cutlery

Wednesday, the centerpiece was at the end of the table

Because there was just four
A red poinsettia, candles and the Santa and toys salt and pepper

Thursday and Friday
the centerpiece was in the middle of the table

White mums and Christmas greens in a Waterford bowl

The Christmas dishes were used for all three luncheons,
The Royal Dolton Tartan that we bought on a trip to England from the Royal Dolton factory

The luncheons were all three courses -
Salads, entree and dessert
And mostly each day was different


Wednesday, we had a Maple Roasted Carrot Salad

Thursday, a strawberry salad with poppyseed dressing

Friday, my favorite tossed salad with an oil and vinegar dressing

The entrees:

Wednesday - Ina Garten's Chicken With 40 Cloves of Garlic and white and wild rice

Thursday - Chicken Spaghetti and Garlic Cheese Biscuits

Friday - Ina Garten's Rotini with spinach and tomatoes in a creamy lemon sauce
I decided that I was tired of cinnamon and nutmeg flavors
and other flavors associated with Christmas, so I chose very
non-Christmasy desserts

Wednesday - Ina Garten's French Apple Tart
 One of my favorite desserts of Ina's
Very refreshing and not a cinnamon or nutmeg anywhere -
just pure apple flavor with a crisp crust
It was a fitting ending to Wednesday's luncheon
which was "all Ina"

Thursday - Fairy cupcakes with sugared cranberries and rosemary
 Since some of my guests were young, I decided to do a cupcake
for dessert for every kid loves cupcakes
But I "kicked them up a notch" by adding the sugared fruit and herb

Friday - Ina Garten's Apple Tart -- AGAIN!

I had some apples left and the tart is so good . . . my guests thought so too!

Entertaining during the Christmas season -
The tree and the dining room table

The table and the tree!

Our entertaining is done for the year,
We'll preparing for New Year's Eve
Which will be a quiet night for us
As it usually is
We're not NYE party people
preparing to have our own quiet celebration at home
Perhaps, because, of all the years that we worked and worked hard
at our wine and spirit shop on New Year's Eve

Thus, we enjoy just the two of us to ring in the New Year!

1 comment:

Southerncook said...

Martha, I so enjoyed your post of your three luncheons, everything was just beautiful. I haven't posted a comment in a long time because when I come to your blog I'm having trouble scrolling down. I get half through your post and it almost comes to a stop. I was able to slowly scroll through to the end of this post though. I have no idea what's up with that, technology????

We too are not NYE people any longer. I'm making a homemade pizza with a Caesar Salad and we will begin watching the college playoff football games starting at 3:00. Roll Tide!!!!!

Hope you and Jim have a wonderful New Year. BTW, Scarlet shares your birthday and I appreciate your comment on IG. {{{HUGS}}} to you.