I've long wanted to do a table around this pinecone pitcher we
found years ago in the mountains of East Tennessee.
These pinecone hurricanes that we got years ago in the
Bob Timberlake store in Blowing Rock, NC go nicely with the pitcher.
I use battery operated candles with them now.
Why buy flowers when the Kousa dogwood outside is still glorious?
But pinecones and fall leaves aren't all I'm thinking of as I set this table.
As we all have been, I'm thinking about Paris too.
I don't have many French dishes but I pull out what I do have.
These French faience plates we found in a Goodwill one day go on the bare table.
I posted about finding them one serendipitous day HERE.
We found these little bowls over 40 years ago in a restaurant supply store.
They aren't French but they read Petite Marmité Restaurant
and are perfect for the first course of Consomme Creams.
It's from Mildred O. Knopf's excellent 1986 Memoirs of a Cook.
She was wife of movie producer Edwin H. Knopf who was brother to
Alfred A. Knopf who published the cookbooks of a nice lady by the name of
Julia Child. Mildred was a star in the kitchen too.
We must have bread, so let's have a baguette.
And let's make it a baguette from France, non-gmo
with only flour, water, yeast and salt in it.
Costco carries it!
For our entree I followed Dorie Greenspan's recipe for Sheet Pan
Chicken with Apples and Kale.
The pictures on the right are before it went in the oven,
and the finished dish was delicious, as are all of Greenspan's.
She and her husband landed in France the night of the horrible attacks
and only heard the news when in their taxi.
For our salad we'll have an avocado bacon salad from one of my favorite
regional cookbooks, Southern Sideboards. It's served on a French ironstone platter.
The dressing is yummy!
Juice from a lime or two, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup of sour cream,
1/4 cup mayonnaise, and 2 cloves of garlic, minced.
Thank you for letting me make like a tablescaping and food blogger!
Don't you find that it's comforting to lose yourself in homey things
when your heart is heavy? I do.
I hope to post the dessert to this meal next.
It's by a French actress who is not so well known in this country.
I'll save her name for the post but she was "strongly considered for the lead