Southern Tablescape on the River

Submitted by Christi

Okay, technically, this is a “rock-scape” because we used the rocks as our table down by the White River. Check out past posts from this week to see the river house and some of the spectacular views. I may even throw in a few extras here. And, don’t forget, if you would like to have the river house as your very own, Visit my friend Ann at

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What a wonderful day on the river it was!

Today’s Lagniappe:  Grilled Butterflied Trout with Lemon-Parsley Butter
From Bobby Flay, this recipe sounds like a divine way to enjoy some of that trout from the beautiful White River!

4 (1-pound) trout without head, scaled, gutted, and butterflied (skin on)

Olive oil or canola oil

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Lemon-Parsley Butter, recipe follows

Parsley sprigs, for garnish

Lemon wedges, for garnish

Heat grill to high. Brush trout on both sides with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill, skin side down, until slightly charred and crisp, about 2 to 3 minutes. Carefully turn each fish over and continue cooking until just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes longer. Remove from the grill and top each 2 tablespoons of the Lemon-Parsley Butter. Garnish with parsley sprigs and lemon wedges and serve.

Lemon-Parsley Butter:

1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before using.

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15 Responses to “Southern Tablescape on the River”

  1. Beth Says:

    What a lovely setting and your wine glasses are lovely! Great picnic/great location!

  2. Delores Says:

    My husband would love this post, being the avid fly fisherman he is! I can’t wait to show him. I love this–it’s so romantic!

  3. Sheila Says:

    That is a delightfully fun tablescape! I love those fish in it, and the cute picnic basket and the iron pot! And I like the pretty wine glasses in the rustic setting. This makes me want to go on a picnic. Thanks, too, for your lagniappe!

    Happy Tablescape Thursday!


    Sheila 🙂

  4. onceinabluemoon Says:

    oh i loved this… what a beautiful setting~

  5. Mid-Atlantic Martha Says:

    What a great “Gone fishing” tablescape! Love your fishy centerpiece.

  6. Mimi Says:

    Cute idea for a picnic…beautiful peonies, I can even smell them!

  7. Miss Merry Says:

    Such a unique idea for your tablescape. I am in love with your picnic basket!

  8. Yvonne Says:

    Christi, The setting for this table is gorgeous! What a beautifu place to fish and have a little picnic.

    The picnic basket is beautiful and the goodies inside go so well with the natural scene! I love your fish centerpiece! It looks like it just jumped out of the water to join in your picnic fun.
    Now after the picnic this would also be a perfect place for a little nap!

  9. sarah Says:

    This is one of the most charming picnic settings I’ve ever seen. Love the fish centerpiece. 🙂 And that river water looks amazing. Thanks for sharing this delightful riverscape. ~ sarah

  10. Carol at Serendipity Says:

    What a wonderful tablescape. The peonies and the wine glasses are the perfect touch. Recipe sounds very good.


  11. Sherry Says:

    Your rockscape (LOL) is fabulous! I love your choice of dishes and the scenery. Such a nice job you did on this.

  12. nannykim/spindlecottage Says:

    This is very inviting. AND I just donated a picnic basket that is so similar to that one to the Good Will this week. I just had to get rid of some of my stuff!! Beautiful setting!!

  13. Carolyn Says:

    This is so beautiful-great picnic and beautiful setting!!!


  14. Lana Austin Says:

    I love the whole shebang there on the river! The blue crockery is great and the cast iron pot and the flowers/wine glasses…..all set against an amazing background! I wish I could’ve been there, toO!!

    Hugs, Lana

  15. too Blessed to Stress Says:

    I love the setting! what a great way to celebrate the outdoors. Each detail is wonderful!

    ~ Emily N. from “too Blessed to Stress”

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