Monday, November 4, 2013

A Golden Feast

"Friendship is the golden thread that ties the heart of all the world." John Evelyn 
 

The first weekend of November came roaring in, with trees bending to the wind and the leaves swirling in a frantic ballet, skittering across the pavement. The storm outside made it a perfect night to savor the comforts of home and stay warm in the glow of friendship.


The gilded pumpkins I mentioned last week turned out to be the perfect way to reflect that glow. With the addition of a hand-painted place tag, they helped welcome our guests to the table.



And what are sure to be the last dahlias of the season, found by chance at the corner grocery, added their own golden grace note. Paired with orange spray roses they matched the flame of the candlelight.









On the menu? The citrusy zing from seared scallops in a orange tarragon butter balanced by a celery root purée made slightly sweet withe the addition of golden apples, and the earthy flavor of wild chanterelles.  My friend Laura brought a pair of perfect fall appetizers - butternut squash and ricotta bruchetta and endive leaves with gorgonzola and spiced pecans. A lighter-than-air cake from friends Katherine and Alessio finished off the evening on just the right note. Lots of wine, lots of laughs. A perfect night and fall feast to remember.

November might not be such a cold and dreary month after all! 

Happy Monday, friends. Hope your November is off to a golden start. XO

15 comments:

  1. You are making me hungry...sounds so good. And what a beautiful fresh feeling table...so lovely!!

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  2. So lovely, I love the gilt pumpkins... what a wonderful placesetting idea for Thanksgiving!!

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  3. gorgeous pictures - looks perfect. would you mind asking Laura for the butternut squash and ricotta bruschetta recipe? it sounds delish! xoxo.

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    1. Yes, go for it! I'm sure she would be happy to share. It was really yummy - there was squash, sage, ricotta and balsamic! Delicious - and orange, your favorite! ;-)

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  4. I bet your friends must think you are like gold!
    pve

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  5. Jeanne-
    I don't think I know of a person that has a way with words like you! I also look forward to the quotes too!
    The table looks fabulous, and the food I am sure was amazing. I am hungry now, and thinking of celery root puree!
    Happy Monday.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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    1. Such a sweet comment, Teresa. Thank you! Hope you're enjoying the week so far. XOXO

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  6. Jeanne - your dinners looks like so much fun and what a beautiful table setting! It's that personal like a hand painted place cards that make your parties so special. We wish we lived closer! Have a great first week of November.
    xxoo
    C + C

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  7. Oh, I wish you lived closer, too. Would love, love, love to have you ladies over for dinner. How much fun would that be? Happy Monday! XOXO

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  8. What a beautiful way to spend time with friends and welcome November! Your table is so beautiful with all of those orange tones and the gilded pumpkin would make Cinderella jealous!!!

    Wishing you a wonderful, wonderful day!
    xoxo Elizabeth

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  9. preparing to host Garden Club on Wed...have similar pumpkins in a bowl for centerpiece. Now if I could only find such beautiful flowers. Love your Herend golden edge...have the same pattern. As usual, I'm jealous of your guests...your brunches, dinners etc. always so well styled. Beautiful

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  10. What a beautiful way to kick off this month! I'm taking a short blog break, but glad I stopped by to enjoy your gorgeous table setting :) Have a wonderful November, Jeanne!! Cheers, L

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  11. delicious and so elegant with your color scheme and choices! bravo, jeanne. i wish more folks would see the antidote to dreary november days is shared friendship and food!

    happy tuesday.

    michele

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  12. Jeanne, these look so pretty! It must be in the wind, I gilded my gords too this year. I usually frost them {w/ silver}, but this year I went gold. My gold comes from a can however, bravo for leafing them. Hoping to post on Friday, can I link to your gorgeous spread? xo, ebb

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    1. Hi Emily, Thank you! I'm sure your gourds look gorgeous, can't wait to see. Yes, of course you can link back to me. Merci!

      XOXO

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