It's been a while since we've had company for dinner
But Saturday night we had two favorite friends for dinner
The table set in the dining room
Spode Blue Room, Grandmother's Cutlery, Fresh flowers in an etched ice bucket, etched glass candleholders
In lieu of a table cloth, a runner, placemats and napkins
All matching, all linen, vintage from the 50s and never used until last night!
We start all dinner parties in the parlor
With drinks and a nibble
We chose to start the evening with wine
And we like simple snacks -- we've learned that fussy appetizers are not a good idea
Cheese and crackers and smoked prosciutto
We started with a salad
And then moved on to the main course . . .
A smoked pork butt
(Husband Jim spent all day tending his pork)
Fresh asparagus roasted and then a drizzle of lemon juice over all, a lump of butter
and lemon zest to finish
Cheese Grits from the Louisville Junior League Cookbook
a recipe found by Daughter Sarah and served by both of us . . . often
Called Grits Gruyere -- we make it with any kind of cheese
This one is smoked Gouda -- a recommendation by same Daughter Sarah
It was outstanding and grits loathing guests often take seconds!
Often instead of serving plates, we put the main course on the table
in the breakfast room so guests can help themselves
Rolls, butter and wine are passed at table
An apricot cheesecake -- the crust was made from cornflakes
The cheese cake was good. I was not enamored with the cornflake crust
and if I make it again, I will use a regular graham cracker crust.
(especially since I had to buy a whole box of cornflakes for 1 1/2 cups of crumbs!)
It was a fun party,
lots of good conversation
And I enjoy a dinner party of six
For everyone can participate in the conversation
When you get 8, you often have two conversations going
And with 10 or 12, you definitely do.
They left late but both dining room and kitchen were tidy before we went to bed.
It was fun to have company again!