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, March 28, 2018

Holy Week Lunch

It's Holy Week
Easter will be celebrated Sunday . . . 
And although it's not a special lunch
(for it was a regular Lunch Bunch luncheon)
but it was a special lunch

The table is set in the dining room
(and a new addition is the shades on the scones -- to help defuse the light)

Since it is almost Easter . . . bunnies made their appearance on the dining room table
"chocolate" ones bought long ago on sale after Easter
A vase of garden forsythia lends a spring touch to the table
And candles in the silver candlesticks

All set and ready for company --
food aromas wafting through the house
lamps and sconces lit
A fire in the fireplace (for it's a cold and rainy day)
A candle lending it's fragrance

A Quaker Lace cloth
Jim's grandmother's cutlery
Damask napkins in silver rings
The Aynsley Pembroke
(the 1900 era plates)

The menu:

A salad of romaine, sliced strawberries, red onion and pecans
with Ms. Gilmore's raspberry cream dressing
(Ms. Gilmore's is a tea room in Springfield -- their raspberry cream dressing is AMAZING)

JoAnn's Chicken With Artichokes
(an easy but yet elegant recipe)

Served with roasted asparagus and a crescent roll

Dessert anyone?

In the cookbook, it was called "Lemon Delight" but I renamed it
"Lemonade Pie"
It's tart, cool, tangy and sweet
And easy!

Decorated with lemon zest and a slice of lemon!
Served with coffee

The recipes all came from:

This cookbook
Not bought in 1976
(for I didn't live in Fort Scott then)
but had we lived here, I certainly would have bought the cookbook!
The irony?
I know so many of the contributors to this cookbook
I didn't know they were involved in Jaycees -- it's something they have never talked about
And husband Jim and I were also involved with Jaycees at the same time
Only in Missouri -- Nevada to be exact
Our women's auxiliary were not called "Jaynes" but rather simply "Wives"

We never published a cookbook
But a lot of my recipes in my own cookbook
are from those Jaycee days.
We worked hard, we partied hard
We ate a lot
And the wives were great cooks!

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