Southern Fireside

Submitted by Christi

It is still pretty cool here today. Glad to have a fire in the fireplace. Definitely time to stay in and have a cozy supper by the fire for today’s edition of Tablescape Thursday.

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I started with a small table in front of the fire. So glad I got a red tablecloth. It has had so many great uses.

I added my gold, fluted chargers.

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Then, I added my Mikasa Ribbon and Holly china.

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Etched glass goblets with long stems in red.

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Gold flatware and a candle complete the scene.

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A cozy fireside supper on a cold evening.

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But it is nice and warm in here.

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The decorating blitz around here is coming up this weekend. Check back for new photos and ideas!

Today’s Lagniappe: Caramelized Onion Potato Gratin
Something warm and comforting to have on a cool day from Southern Living.

* 1 1/4  cups  soft, fresh breadcrumbs
* 1/4  cup  chopped fresh parsley
* 3  tablespoons  grated Parmesan cheese
* 2  teaspoons  lemon zest
* 3  tablespoons  butter
* 2  large sweet onions, halved and thinly sliced
* 3  garlic cloves, minced
* 3  tablespoons  all-purpose flour
* 3 1/2  cups  milk
* 1 3/4  teaspoons  salt
* 1 1/2  teaspoons  dried Italian seasoning
* 1/8  teaspoon  ground red pepper
* 1  (8-oz.) package shredded Italian six-cheese blend
* 3  pounds  baking potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 375°. Combine first 4 ingredients in a small bowl.

2. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat; add onion, and cook, stirring often, 15 minutes or until onions are caramel colored; add garlic, and cook 1 minute.

3. Stir in flour, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk and next 3 ingredients. Cook, whisking often, 8 to 9 minutes or until mixture thickens. Remove from heat; whisk in cheese until melted and smooth.

4. Layer half of potatoes in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish; pour 2 cups sauce over potatoes in dish. Repeat layers once.

5. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until golden brown and potatoes are fork tender, topping with breadcrumb mixture during last 15 minutes of baking. Remove from oven, and let stand 10 minutes.

Lightened Potato-Caramelized Onion Gratin: Substitute 1% low-fat milk for whole milk, decrease butter to 1 1/2 Tbsp., and increase flour to 1/4 cup. Proceed with recipe as directed.

13 Responses to “Southern Fireside”

  1. Debbie Says:

    I love Mikasa’s Ribbon Holly! My sister has it, and I think it’s so pretty. I also love a fireside table for two. Yours looks so inviting that I think I might just have to plan one with the husband this weekend.

  2. [email protected] Porch Musings Says:

    Beautiful table!

  3. Happier Than A Pig in Mud Says:

    Very cozy, pretty and warm, needed that on this rainy chilly day in Philly:@)

  4. Sherry Says:

    Love that holly china! You table is very warm and inviting!
    Sherry

  5. Alycia Nichols Says:

    The red tablecloth looks so pretty in front of the blazing fire! I hope you enjoyed dinner!

  6. Mid-Atlantic Martha Says:

    What a beautiful cozy dinner for two by the fireside — A lovely way to sit back and enjoy your Christmas tree.

  7. Tess Says:

    I love your table by the fire…my favorite place in our house. Hope you were cozy by your fire and enjoyed your meal!

  8. Christy Keirn Says:

    Love the goblets! My hubby and I often eat in front of the fire, but usually from our laps. I need to work on my presentation more!

  9. Barbara Says:

    Oooh, I love eating by the fire! So cozy and warm. Lovely table. That china is so pretty.

  10. marlis Says:

    I too love eating by the fire. It’s so very soothing, as is your table. Beautiful crystal. thanks for sharing.

  11. Sharron Clemons Says:

    Beautiful table!

  12. Stacy Gregory Says:

    Oooh, I love eating by the fire! So cozy and warm. Lovely table. That china is so pretty.

  13. Glenda Fletcher Says:

    I too love eating by the fire. It’s so very soothing, as is your table. Beautiful crystal. thanks for sharing.

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