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.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

A January Lunch

Cold has descended on the prairie
Not the cold of the north
For we're not expected to get in the negative temperatures
Only in the single digits

But a cold day
Calls for a warm lunch

In the dining room
Luncheon for four!

No tablecloth
Quaker Lace in the center with candles in silver candleholders
And a crystal vase of pink tulips

Quaker lace placemats
Jim's grandmother's cutlery
Damask napkins in silver rings
Aynsley Pembroke china

On the sideboard, the coffee service awaits dessert

We're all ready for company!

The menu:

Italian salad
Romaine, peppers, cherry tomatoes and black olives
Tossed in an oil and vinegar dressing

Baked ziti
A casserole of Italian sausage and cheeses

Garlic bread
Warm and crusty
buttery garlic goodness

Coffee served with the cannoli tart
A perfect dessert tor an Italian meal.

The menu for this luncheon started with dessert.
I had a container of mascarpone that I needed to use
and I found this tart.
Since cannoli is Italian, 
it came me the theme for my luncheon.
I had Italian sausage in the freezer and decided that I would like
the main course to be a casserole -- it would give me more time with my guests.
And what better start than a simple Italian salad!

The cannoli tart will definitely be made again.
In fact, it may be my go-to dessert whenever I serve pasta!


Zaa said...

Absolutely inviting... Your tablescape is so lovely with the quaker lace and gorgeous china... of course who could resist the pie( ha Ha) ... Not I ... Such a warm post...Hugs

Francie Newcomb said...

This is my favorite kind of table setting, not a "tablescape," but beautiful pieces, some old, in harmony together. The Pembroke china is lovely! And the tulips! I appreciate your restraint! Menu looks yummy. I know everyone loved it. Stay warm!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Cheerful but also elegant and the food looks delicious, as always.

Anonymous said...

So inviting. Will you publish your cannoli tart in the paper?

Pat said...

A heart warming luncheon with baked casserole on a cold Winter's Day. . .perfection!
Your Aynsley Pembroke China is one of my favorites at your table.
The sun shining through radiates the entire room with warmth!
Stay warm, dear one.

Karen said...

A perfect meal in a beautiful setting. Stay warm!