Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Dinner at My Daughter's with my Son's Gourmet Cooking

Last Friday in Florida, my son Jed and daughter in law Becky, cooked dinner for us. Rather than cooking at their house, he decided to just bring all the stuff and cook it in my daughter Rochelle's house. They came shortly after noon with 2 big bins of food and stuff and pretty much slaved in the kitchen all afternoon.

I set the table with whatever I could find there.

Can you tell what I forgot? the napkins! But of course, my daughter did not have cloth napkins so we used paper. The china is made my Mikasa in "Cumberland" pattern. We've had this set, a service for 12, since the early 70's. I gave them to Rochelle when I moved to Mississippi. They still look like new.
I love the platinum border.

I found some green chargers which I also left there when I moved.

I went around the house and just picked whatever I thought would blend well to create a centerpiece.

Then, the time came and my son and DIL started serving us appetizers while the rest of us were bonding in the living room. My youngest daughter Tina with her 2 boys drove 2 and a half hours to join us for the weekend. Jed also invited my bother and sisters in law so I got to see them. Unfortunately, my other brother was working so I did not see him.

Escargot stuffed mushrooms. Mmmmm, delicious!

Caviar and scallions on crackers with cream cheese.

Shrimp cocktail

French Onion soup

It was so good and tasty.

I ate so much appetizers that by the time the main entree was served, I was too full so I asked for a smaller portion of Prime rib au jus, served with roasted potatoes and mushrooms.

Besides, I had to make room for dessert which my DIL both prepared from scratch. First came Creme brulee. Soooo good!

and then the lava cake with oozing chocolate when you cut it, served with French vanilla ice cream and chocolate drizzle. Yummy!

Becky, don't forget to email me the recipe please.

We even had the perfect entertainment. Sorry, our entertainer forgot to dress for the occasion, lol, but he sure gave us some good loud music.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my dinner with the family in Florida. I am linking with

Susan's Tablescape Thursday at
Sherry's Open House Party Thursday

Gollum's Foodie Friday at
Sherry's Home Sweet Home Friday at
Honey's Potpourri Friday at


Richard Cottrell said...

As always so much fun to be at your house and parties. the food looked divine. Yummy. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks like you had a great day Christine! Love the entertainment:@)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Sounds like you had a great visit. The food looks yummy - well except for the escargot. :)

Loretta said...

The table was very pretty, but the food...oh boy...that on1on soup lookes too delicious and so was the entire meal! Thanks for sharing your photos with us! Hugs!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Wow, that was a very elegant dinner. The food looks wonderful.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

OMGoodness, it looks like your son truly is a gourmet! Wow! I love lava cake, and everything looks so special and delicious.

Marigene said...

Oh my, what a feast! The plates look fabulous against the vivid green it.

lvroftiques said...

I'm salivating Christine! How delish!! And how wonderful to be able to gather with family. Beautiful tablescape too! Vanna

Traci said...

What a great way to spend a day! It's always nice to have someone cook for you. I love the piano player.

carolinajewel said...

Lovely table especially those green chargers! And I loved your entertainer! Too sweet!

Dolores said...

You did a great job of making the table look beautiful. The food looks and sounds fabulous!!!!!
Your entertainer is precious..... You are blessed with such a big and close knit family.


Oh, Christine your children came out after you too, specially the cook! Wow, such food, it looks fabulous and too yummy for words! I love the tablescape, but the pianist just stole my heart! What a perfect visit you had with your children. Lots of hugs, FABBY

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hi, Christine, I'm on the Tablescape Thursday train tonight as I decided to try and do a post. So glad I did because I love seeing your fun family meal. That's a very pretty china service you gave your daughter. It's so elegant. I know you had so much fun with your family, and the food looked terrific, too.

Happy Tablescape Thursday to you...



The French Hutch said...

What a beautiful tablescape. I love the layers and the color is so gorgeous. The meal looked delicious. Your son is great cook! No better way to spend time than ones family.

The French Hutch

Kathleen said...

What a feast! Love Baby Beethoven !
Looks like a wonderful time.
Surely you have extra napkins for DD!

S said...

Very pretty indeed. And it looks yummy too.

shopannies said...

looks like a great night

Jenny said...

Beautiful -- this looks great!


Alycia Nichols said...

EVERY woman needs a son who can cook!!! Wow...he was slammin' and jammin' in that kitchen! That is magnificent!!! And you did a wonderful job with the table! That china looks as good today as I'm sure it did in the 70s. It is a beautiful pattern! Have a great weekend, Christine!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Christine...

Ohhh...what fun, my friend! To get to have such a beautiful and special dinner with your family! It sure made me miss all of mine! I think I may head to Texas next month for a visit.

Anyway, you set the table beautifully, Christine! That china is gorgeous...very classic and elegant! I love the candleholder with the pretty greens and yellows that you used for the centerpiece! Girlfriend, your daughter and son certainly did "out do" themselves in preparing such a delicious meal!!! Everything looks soooo good and I'm sooo hungry right now! Hehe! I do believe that your son received your "fabulous cooking" genes! Well dear friend, so happy to hear that you are enjoying your family! Thank you for sharing this lovely table and menu with us today!

Warmest wishes,

Poppy said...

Oh my, this is a mouth-watering tablescape! Loved all the yummy looking food...especially the shrimp cocktail and the soup... deelish!Kudos to the talented chef! The platinum bordered china is sooo pretty and looks awesome in this tablescape. Sounds like you had a wonderful time with your family and the pianist looks sooo adorable. Thanks for sharing these pictures with us,Christine~Poppy

Marianne said...

Oh, that food looks so delicious....I wish I had someone to cook such an amazing meal for me. The table looked beautiful, love those green chargers. So nice getting together with family and it looks like you all had a wonderful time!
Marianne :)

Honey at 2805 said...

What a beautiful table and meal! And the addition of a pianist makes it even more special! Lucky you!

Thanks for linking to Potpourri Friday and helping to make it a success! I appreciate you, sweet friend!

Marlis said...

Christine.. what a wonderful menu.. how talented he is. I love your old Mikasa dishes. very elegant and also very classic. Sounds like a wonderful visit.. Pretty table, precious family! xo marlis

Sherry said...

Wow! You all whip stuff up like nobody else! That looks amazing! Wonderful meal and even better company! Thank you for linking it up at Home Sweet Home!

Ellen said...

What a wonderful family. And what a dinner from appetizers to dessert all served on a gorgeous table. And the entertainer is just way to cute. There is nothing any finer than sharing a nice meal with family.
Happy Fall

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

I so enjoyed seeing your dinner photos from your time with the family, Christine! And I especially loved the pianist! ;)

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