I’VE BEEN HEMMING AND HAWING over whether or not to tell you it’s my birthday, and also whether or not to mention a certain gift I received. But what the hell…it IS my birthday, and I DID receive a pretty special gift. That’s it pictured up top — Minton china, circa 1930. My partner and I actually found these pieces at a little antique store in Lenox, Massachusetts. I swooned, and he said “for your birthday.” You see, I love old things (especially now that I’m old, too), and this china really goes well in our dining room.
Of course, I had to have an inaugural dinner party to celebrate the china. And for this I prepared four courses of a five course meal (a friend supplied the fifth course: dessert!):
I. Butternut Squash Soup with Sherry and Thyme
II. Sea Scallops sauteed with shallots and garlic, and topped with Asiago
III. Pot Roast with baby blue potatoes and carmelized Brussels sprouts
IV. Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
V. Gluten-free Chocolate Cake
My favorite part of each 9-piece setting is its two-handled soup cup. According to Emily Post, it’s socially acceptable to sip pureed soups from such cups. Consequently our Butternut Squash Soup did not require spoons.
Are you fond of old serving pieces, too?
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