ll Cibo é L'essenza Della Vita....

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Porch lunch and Carolina Sunshine!

Sunshine!! Finally!! 

And just in time for Tablescape Thursday!

We're linking to Susan's party at Between Naps on the Porch and invite you to join us in browsing Blogland's finest dish-a-holics!

We've had lots of rain here in NC over the last week, but today- oh my gosh, TODAY was just a magnificent, beautiful Carolina blue sky day!

I had to meet with the other members of our neighborhood ARB committee, so a light, easy lunch on the porch became the plan.

I can't tell you how beautiful it was today with a gorgeous light breeze blowing

It needed to be quick and easy as I had to squeeze this meeting into an already packed schedule today.

Vintage milk glass snack sets are just right for light summer meals

Two on the coffee table...

And two on the porch table...

Those beautiful roses were a gift from a grateful client. My entire screen porch smells wonderful!

Nothing like fresh cut roses and handpainted butterflies- another gift from some years back

Roasted tomato and red pepper soup from my freezer, grilled farmer's market veggies and mini croissants from our local market

An antique doily on a vintage silver tray for chopped peppers and creme fraiche to garnish the soup

Old printed napkins from a yard sale in NY sit under the plates

I love the bright summer colors on the green mats!

Did someone say dessert??

Peach Pie Cones in a glass of vanilla ice cream and fresh raspberries

Summertime heaven!

Now this is a tip on how NOT to take a picture

Do NOT sit on the couch in front of the table and lean back. You won't be able to see your knee, but the camera will!

Have a beautiful day!

Peach Pie Cones

1 recipe of your favorite double crust pie pastry (or 2 pre-made pie shells. Do not buy the ones in a tin. You need the pastry flat on your counter)
3-4 ripe peaches- peeled, pitted, and chopped (you can also use frozen peach slices, thawed and chopped)
1/2-3/4 cup mini marshmallows
2 rounded TBLSP cinnamon sugar mixed with a pinch of cayenne pepper and a dash of chili powder+ a bit extra for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line 2 baking trays with parchment.

Toss peaches with cinnamon sugar/pepper/chili mixture. Stir in marshmallows.
Roll out pastry dough into 2 9-10 inch rounds and using a pizza cutter, cut into 6 wedges
Place a bit of the peach mixture along the long side of the wedges and dampen the edges with your finger dipped in water
Fold over pastry so long edges meet and press to seal. Fold down part of the top edge a bit and place cones on baking sheets. Sprinkle with sugar mixture and bake for 18-22 minutes till golden brown. Serve with ice cream, custard, or creme fraiche and fresh raspberries if desired

Be sure to join us tomorrow for Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum.

As Always,

Buon Cibo, Buon Amici,

Pattie and Allie


  1. A gorgeous setting, a stunning table, a beautiful day, great company ,,,what more could anyone ask for..except some peachy dessert:D

  2. Do you need another committee member? :) It would be worth the effort just for the lunch! Your porch, menu, and settings are fabulous!

  3. Wow, I want to be on that committee! What a treat for the eyes, as well as the tummy! Those embroidered linens are wonderful -- so pretty with your dishes!

  4. So lovely, the linens are amazing!


  5. Beautiful, looks like a fantastic lunch!

  6. Okay, I don't know where to start. I love the doily in the first photo. I love the green. I adore the milk glass plates and the roses are gorgeous! I am salivating just reading the peach cone recipe!!! Thank goodness for the picture with your knee in it...the error humanizes you!!!

  7. I am amazed at the beauty and simplicity of this lunch.. Its just as it should be. You are so talented..


  8. How lovely! Your whole porch is beautiful. That dessert looks like a little bit of Heaven on Earth!

    Your lunch looks like it's fit for a king!


  9. Gorgeous white and lime table...a breath of fresh air! Your linens are lovely, as are the roses.

  10. What a wonderful lunch and a pretty porch. Everything is lovely and I am completely taken with your beautiful napkins.

  11. Now THAT is a gorgeous setting! Love your snack plates and those floral goblets. The dessert is fabulous!!!

  12. Your tale is as pretty as the day! A perfect match. I have such memories of those milk-glass snack sets - have no idea where they went, but I remember my aunts using them all the time. Thank you for the beautiful memory.

  13. Pattie and Allie, your porch is sooo lovely. I remember the before and after pictures and can appreciate the after. What a great lunch in a great setting! Joni

  14. I want to come to your house, Pattie! Oh, everything looks so delightful on your table and porch! And that food. YUM! I'll be right on over with my bib on! ;-)


    Sheila :-)

  15. Just one question...who joined you for that spectacular lunch?

  16. Pattie, Your porch looks amazing and so inviting. What a great lunch idea, I really love this meal. The peach dessert is to die for. I am copying this one down and trying it for sure. It looks so impressive and it is so easy. That is the kind of recipes I love and use. Yum!! Happy Thursday, Kathysue

  17. Did you say "simple" because you were busy?!! That looks fabulous, from the set-up on your gorgeous porch to the food! What a treat for your guests! I can only imagine what you come up with when you have time to prepare!


  18. This is such a fun and pretty luncheon! Wish I were there! LOL Everything looks great Pattie!

  19. What a beautiful table and those cones . . . wow!! Looks fabulous! xxoo

  20. Pattie and Allie, that's amazing photos. What a great porch and how inviting the tables look. That you set different tables gives the luncheon a charming informal touch. I love the fresh green at the setting and the roses and the milkglass sets are really adorable. And that I can only read about that yummy meal is not fair to me! Did you asked for dessart? YES, YES, me too please. Thats looks marvellous.
    Greetings, Johanna

  21. Wow, Pattie and Allie!

    I love what you've created with every delightful detail!~ All of that yummy food on your menu, not to mention the beauty!

    ..,I can almost 'feel' the fresh delights of the sunshine and the gentle,refreshing breeze you describe blowing and wafting gently through the windows of your beautiful screened porch; (why even the accidental picture of your knee has a certain whimsical cachet and how, 'not to take a picture', as you say)!.., Hehe..,

    .., Really though, I have thoroughly enjoyed your lovely Tablescape Thurdsay post this week as always; what an inspiration!~ Thanks so much for sharing!

    Do pop by for a visit and also enjoy my blue and white/pink and white tea table and whimsical teapot creations; I hope you will enjoy them!..,

    Have a marvelous week,(even if it is jam packed with lots to do)!

    Cheer and hugs from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

  22. Pattie,
    Your Southern porch looks so inviting! We finally have some sunshine here, too! A little sun is so good for the spirit!
    Everything looks delicious!

  23. Just love the greens and the peaches and whites and crystal. So pretty!Love the lunch sets and spoons and forks too! ~Emelia~

  24. Your porch is such a lovely setting for a meal. Love those hand painted butterflies.

  25. Oh wow, everything is gorgeous! And the food looks delicious too :)

  26. What a lovely spot to have a meal. It looks very gracious and I'm enamored of your pie cones. I hope you are having a grand day. Blessings...Mary

  27. Beautiful! Looks delicious..I love your porch! It looks heavenly!

  28. You two really are living the life. I have imagined myself pulled up at your table participating in one of your amazing spreads having a wonderful conversation. To me, it is a dream. Every morsel holds a story.

  29. Wow your porch luncheon is amazing. What a lovely setting and delicious menu. Your pictures are wonderful and thanks for the recipe! I have collected several of those plate and cup luncheon sets. They were very popular as bridal shower gifts in the early 70's - and when they went out of favor - I was grabbing them at garage sales. What fun to use them on your porch.

  30. Yum! Everything looks so lovely. Your description made me feel like I was right there. I am sure everyone had a wonderful time.

  31. Reservations for two please...everything looks so yummy! Thank you for sharing your recipe, I have never seen Peach Pie Cones before, I can't wait to try this!

  32. I'm way behind on visiting your beautiful blog so I'm hopping from post to post tonight and having a wonderful time. Love getting to "sit on your porch for lunch". The setting is so elegant and the peach pie cones . . . Yum! ~ Sarah


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