Next Step

DSC01572With the house having little touches of fall, it was a no brainer to have the next step be continuing them on the table for the evening dinner.   Already what can serve as a centerpiece is there making it easy to add the rest.

DSC01603None of my dishes reflect fall better than these.  The rich color with its arty black leaf outline is perfect, and I like using them for another reason.  They were a gift from a very special and thoughtful friend who knows how crazy I am about all things for tables.

DSC01579Some time ago this flatware was on sale at Target, and it has been such a good find. Its coppery contrast with the table’s wood surface adds such warmth.

DSC01586Thinking about what food is going to be served, I don’t put more dishes on the table than can be used.  Tonight there will be an entree and a salad, so nothing more than dinner and salad plates are needed.  The black salad plate complements the leaf outline, and its shape will be perfect for the salad.

DSC01593On any table, the napkin presentation is one of those little touches that make a table special.  One of my favorites is this one folded accordion style and fanned to make it stand.

DSC01592With the addition of wine stems and water glasses, a table can’t be much simpler than this.  It started with what was already there and has warm color and texture which makes any table inviting.

DSC01588I can’t resist sharing with you one of my favorite salads made with delicata squash, one with which I was unfamiliar. The attraction was its green and pale yellow striping, reason enough to give it a try!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor the salad, cut the squash into rings and remove the seeds.  Place them on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.  Roast at 400 until tender, roughly 15-20 minutes.  To prepare the salad, place mixed greens or any lettuce on a plate.  Top with the roasted delicata rings, sprinkle with craisins, toasted almonds and feta (optional).  My preference for dressing is a honey mustard vinegarette, but most any salad dressing would work.

I can assure you this salad will be a hit at your table not only because it is so tasty but because it’s a little different.

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20 thoughts on “Next Step

  1. Beautiful details and colors of the table setting!

  2. That’s a table you can linger around and feel so comfortable. Thanks for the squash ring idea. Never thought to try that.

  3. Not only is your table beautiful, filled with the perfect fall touches and great warmth to truly make your guests feel welcomed…the salad could very well be the star of the table!!…

  4. I just love the decorated table, so festive with gorgeous plates. The centerpiece speaks LINDA over and over again. Brilliant! Simply brilliant!

  5. You created a beautiful fall table. I love those leaf plates and the new flatware. The squash rings with salad sounds and looks delicious!

    1. Liz, how nice to hear from you. Thanks so much for visiting.

  6. Linda, what a beautiful table with warmth for the season. The salad is beautifully plated and I am going to try your recipe. It looks delicious!

    1. The salad is a favorite and quite versatile when it comes to what to serve it with.

  7. Thanks for sharing the salad. I had a dish like that at a restaurant last week. They put scallops in the squash rings. Delicious!

    1. Scallops….I like the sound of that!

  8. That is a great looking salad for fall! Thanks for the recipe.

  9. Love those red plates: the shape, the rich color, the design. Plays off the neutral tones in the room and gives it a pop! Nice.

    1. The plates are perfect except they are hard to fit in the dishwasher!

  10. Just found you at Share Your Cup. Your Fall table is perfect and that salad is a must try. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    1. How kind of you to stop by. Next stop for me will be your blog.

  11. I’m so happy you shared the recipe…I’ve pinned it.

  12. Thanks for the recipe….sounds yummy!

  13. I am definitely going to try that salad! It looks delicious and I have been looking for a recipe to use up my delicata squash. I love seeing all of your ideas, Linda! You have a great eye for what makes a great presentation, be it photography or decorating.

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