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.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

An August Dinner Party

We've not had company for dinner in a long time
A very long time

It feel good having dinner guests share our table!

My two favorite parts of having company are:

The anticipatory look of the dining room just before the guests arrive --
where everything is ready -- just waiting to light the candles and the guests sit down!

And the table after everyone has gone.
Where it shows burned down candles and empty plates and the fact that everyone had a good time!

A family table -- my grandmother's china, Jim's grandmother's cutlery, wine glasses that the guest gave us one Christmas, damask napkins in silver rings all on top of a vintage Quaker Lace cloth!

We start with drinks on the porch or parlor
But you need a nibble -- always pick ups rather than dunks
(Husband Jim's rule)

Fresh from the oven stuffed mushrooms
An appetizer I adore and one that I don't make often enough

Dinner doesn't have to be gourmet with sauces and French food
Smoked meatloaf, loaded mashed potatoes
 and fresh green beans (cooked with bacon like Mother did)
Not fancy food but good food!

Dessert needs to be a star!
People will always remember dessert!

A lemon cheesecake

EVERYONE likes cheesecake
This one is lemon.    Full of lemon zest and some lemon juice
Creamy and delicious.
A new recipe
(I can't have a dinner party and not serve something new)
But it is a keeper and I will definitely make again.

Soon the bottles of wine were empty, the coffee gone, the dessert plates
"almost" licked clean
Our company said their goodbyes and Husband Jim and and I and the pups
sat on the porch commenting on what a nice evening it was.

An evening with friends and food is always a good evening!


Sandra said...

A meal at your house truly is an experience to remember! Beautiful table and delicious food.

Southerncook said...

It doesn't get any better than that. Your menu looked fabulous and that cheesecake, makes me want to make one. Ina's recipe?


Pamisu said...

Love coming to your house for lunch or dinner. It’s always a special occasion


I too love hosting and cooking for dinner parties. Your table is very elegant and pretty and the food wonderful ! A night to remember.

Anita Diaz said...

Everything looks beautiful and the food looks delicious as well!