Back at the Bar


When we are in Maine, our table is often set for 4, 6 or 8 people, but here in Houston folks don’t gather as much for dinner,  so it’s more likely the hubby and I will eat together most week nights.  Many of those meals will find us sitting at the bar, but that doesn’t exclude making some effort when it comes to presentation.

pumpkins/tableRemember those pumpkins and gourds I got at Beth’s some weeks ago?  Well, they came with me to Houston, and some are on the bar. While not what I’d call a dazzling centerpiece, they do add a little pizzazz and hint at what colors might be used as a complement.

tablescapeAs for the setting, it’s not anything fancy, usually a placemat and cloth napkin folded or secured with a napkin ring, a dish or two, a glass and flatware.  

napkin ringsNot having seen such as these carved wooden animal rings from a long ago trip to Kenya for some time, using them is like rediscovering old friends.  

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANot every night at home is a gourmet meal.  Tonight it’s tomato basil soup and a green salad served on dishes with contrasting texture.

The reason we didn’t need much for dinner is because we had a little something extra at tini time. It was an easy to fix appetizer that is oh so good, and I’m thinking you just might want to try it.  There are only 3 ingredients: blue, roquefort or gorgonzola cheese; spinach and mushrooms. Here’s how it’s prepared:

gorgonzola dipGenerously cover the bottom of a baking dish with cheese.* Add a handful of spinach torn into small pieces and sliced mushrooms on top.  Bake at 375 until the cheese is melted and bubbly.  Serve with baguette slices.

gorgonzola dipThat’s all there is to it, and I promise you it will get rave reviews. 

*I use a small cast iron skillet which makes enough for 4 people.  If you are preparing for a larger group, use multiple skillets or a larger baking dish.  In the latter case, you will have to  adjust the amounts.

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind

Joining

Tablescape Thursday

Inspiration Thursday

Foodie Friday

20 thoughts on “Back at the Bar

  1. Pingback: The Organized Life, November Paint Bucket | The Painted Apron

You make my day with your comments

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s