Saturday, August 20, 2016

On the Homefront: Summer on the Farm Table

Little Flora the Dalmatian loves sunflowers, farm animals,
and the country life!

Remember the Pier 1 Farm Animal Plates post from a couple of months back?  Well, I finally got around to setting a table with my new plates, featuring the summery colors of green and yellow with touches of light brown and white.

Round woven spring green place mat (from Steinmart several years ago); yellow dinner plate (Block Basics by Cerind of Portugal); Pier 1 Farm Animals Dessert Plate; yellow napkin; faux wood-handled flatware; pale green goblet; Tuscana Colored Stemless Wine Glass (from Steinmart several years ago).

Here are the three other animal designs:

The large round yellow platter in the foreground will hold fresh
corn on the cob.

An oval platter for fried chicken takes the place of a decorative centerpiece.

Since the pig plate featured a sunflower, they were the flowers of choice
for this table.  Yellow candles on small white plates and white bird salt
and pepper shakers from Pier 1 complete the decor at the head of the table.

A farm-inspired table deserves a farm-inspired meal.  Since it is summer, lots of fresh produce simply prepared should be featured.  We live in Georgia, so I think fried chicken is a necessary main dish, and a peach recipe is essential for dessert.

You can make your own fried chicken, try the oven-baked version I've suggested, or just get some takeout (the latter is my usual preference, since I cannot abide deep-frying anything!).  I like my fresh corn on the cob barely boiled, steamed, or microwaved, and absolutely plain (no butter, salt, or added flavorings of any sort), but prepare your corn any way you please.  The same is true for the fresh tomatoes.  A smidgen of kosher salt and maybe some ground sesame seeds is my preference, but many people love a creamy dressing (such blue cheese or ranch) or a flavorful vinaigrette on their tomatoes, so serve any dressings you like on the side and let your guests choose.  As for the dessert, I chose a recipe that substitutes almond flour for wheat flour and uses very little sweetener to reduce the carbohydrates.

All of the food will be served boarding house-style on big platters at the table.  This arrangement allows everyone to take what they want when they want.  Just be sure to serve plenty of food for farm-style appetites!

Summer on the Farm Menu:

Iced Tea
Fresh Corn on the Cob
Sliced Fresh Tomatoes
Almond Peach Crumble*

4-5 large peaches, sliced
1 1/4 C. almond flour (not almond meal)
1/8 tsp. salt
2 T. cold butter or coconut oil
1 T. maple syrup
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Place the peaches in a greased 8-inch square baking dish.  Stir together the almond flour and salt in a large bowl.  Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or two knives until well blended.  Add the maple syrup and vanilla and use a fork to mix them in thoroughly.  Toss the topping lightly with your fingers and sprinkle it over the peaches.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool before serving.  Serves 4.

From Allposters.


Even if you don't live on Green Acres, I hope you have a sunny and sunflower-filled summer day!

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