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...think green

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the hostas have begun to reach for the sky and as they unfurl, their varied shades of green inspire us to take it to the table.  mixing dark walnut, spalted maple, and linen for an inviting and crisp arrangement.  we make our quest list and plan for our meal - but first, did you know that hosts are a shade-loving, year-round(perennial)plant with broad waxy leaves, sometimes edged in creamy white or lemon yellow.  in britian, they are called plantation lilies and it is named for the austrian botanist nicolas thomas host.

in setting the table, we look to TheBarn's pantry.  we choose the surfer stripe tablecloths from belgium of 100% linen, as the base; black walnut plates from colorado detailed in lime; the spalted-maple centerpiece was created out of a foraged fallen timber in massachusetts; and an egg-shaped green glass lamp with a soft pastel rattan shade to throw a little light.  underfoot, the cool recycled plastic rug makes for easy clean up and a great take away to the beach.

for brunch, we once again turn to TheBarn's favorite recipe book, 'bountiful'.  porter and cu describe their 'crack dip' as 'a guilty pleasure that everyone is addicted to...and can't stop eating until the bowl is wiped clean...'  so this is our opening number with a warm baguette.  the bring on crab corn fritters with a spinach and bacon salad in an avocado vinaigrette.  the guava punch from the 'american cocktail' adds just the right touch of the exotic to transport us to the keyes...


my good friend suzy has enjoyed such a menu and will gladly return...and admire the hosts - before the deer eat them.


elizabeth


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