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.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

A Dinner Party

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!


Beth said...

You set such a pretty table, Martha, and your food always looks fantastic! You are the hostess with the most-est!

Francie Newcomb said...

A beautiful table and a great menu! I'm so glad you memorialized it.