Many of my friends are having “milestone” birthdays!  And  I have been going to numerous wonderful celebrations lately. As a matter of fact, we are not only on the birthday circuit but the wedding circiut and baby shower circuit as well. It is such a delight and honor to be part of all  these festivities.  To share in the great joy of people I love.

My dear friend Cathy recently celebrated a milestone (I’ll never tell) birthday and as her gift I am holding a Birthday High Tea for her here at StoneGable. I’ve been cooking and cleaning and decorating and fussing for the last couple of days. I am in my element! Pure bliss!

Come back Wednesday and see the tablescape… 

Now here’s what’s ON THE MENU


Chicken Eugene
Roasted Broccoli In Garlic Oil

Recipe: Chicken Eugene
4 Chicken breast, boneless and skinless
4 slices of good Deli Ham, sliced thick
1 can cream of mushroom soup
8 oz. sliced mushrooms
1 stick butter
1 soup can full of light cream
1/2 soup can cream sherry

Preheat oven 350 degrees.
Melt 2 TBS butter in large skillet over medium heat.  When melted add mushroom and cook for 5-8 minutes.
Add remaining butter and melt.

In large bowl add cream of mushroom soup, light cream and sherry.  Add butter-mushroom mixture. Whisk together.
In a large baking dish, lay 4 slices of ham. Top with chicken breasts. Pour yummy sauce over chicken.
Bake, uncovered for 1 hour. Serve over rice and add sauce.

I am having a Autumn high tea for my dear friend Cathy’s birthday. 
Cream Of Wild Mushroom Soup
(look for this reicpe on Foodie Friday)
Phyllo Cups With Chicken Salad
Orange Poppyseed Mini Muffins With Ham And Honey Mustard Butter
Mini Quiche Lorraine 
Endive Spears With Bleu Cheese, Mandarin Oranges, Walnuts Drizzled With Honey Balsamic Reduction

Sour Cream Scones
Blueberry Scones With Lemon Glaze
Lemon Curd
Clotted Cream

Chocolate Mousse In Chocolate Cups
Mini Pumpkin Woopie Pies
Strawberries Stuffed With Whipped Cream
Mini Pecan Tarts
Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Harvest Apple
Earl Grey

Individual Meatloaves
Mashed Potatoes
Sauteed Green Beans in Garlic Oil

Recipe: Individual Meatloaves
2  1/2 lbs ground beef~ 80 or 85 % lean
2 TBS olive oil
2 onions, finely chopped
2 garlic clove, pressed
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1/4 cup beef stock
3 TBS Worcestershire sauce
1 TBS tomato paste
2/3 fresh bread crumbs
1 -2 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup catsup
2 TBS fresh parsley

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and pepper and sautee for 6-8 minutes, until onions are translucent but not browned. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.  Remove from heat.  Add beef stock, tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce and mix. Let cool for 15 minutes.
Put all ingredients in a large bowl and gently mix. Do not smoosh it all together because it will cause your meatloaf to be tough. Gently mix together. Form into 6 individual meatloaves or make 2 larger loaf. Cover with extra catsup and if desired bacon strips.

Bake for 40-45  minutes for individual meatloaves or 1~ 1 hour 10 minutes for large loaf, until done through.
Printable Recipe

Minestrone Soup
Beer Bread

Recipe: Minestrone Soup
This is a StoneGable favorite. So hearty and full of vegetables… and meat! YUMMY!
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 ~ 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
1 small turnip, peeled and cut into small cubes (If you have never had a turnip in soup, you are missing something! Give this a try)
1 baking potato, peeled and cut into small cubes
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb Swiss chard, large stems and center vein removed and leaves coarsely chopped
1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes
2 15-oz cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 32-oz  box good beef stock or broth
1 can double strength beef broth (can of Campbell’s)
1 oz piece Parmesan cheese rind
2/3 cup small pasta (I used macaroni because I had it on hand)
2 tsp fresh Italian parsley, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Heat 1 TBS oil in a large skillet. Add ground beef and cook until it is no longer brown. Drain fat and set aside.

In a large pot heat remaining oil and add onions, carrots, celery and garlic. Cook until onions are soft, about 10 minutes.
Add swiss chard, turnips and potatoes and cook for 4 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes and simmer until swiss chard begins to break down, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a blender mix 1 can of drained beans with 1/2 cup of beef stock until chunky smooth. Add the bean mixture and all of the beef stock and double strength beef broth to the soup. Add rind of Parmesan cheese (this is a must, the way it flavors the soup is brilliant!). Simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally until the turnips and potatoes are soft.

Add ground beef, beans, pasta and parsley and simmer until heated through. Remove Parmesan rind. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.
Printable Reicpe

Recipe: Beer Bread

This is the most requested homemade bread I make! Delicious, dense, and sooooo flavorful. The aroma alone will be worth making it. And best of all… this bread is sooo easy to make! It is great toasted the next day for breakfast, that is if you have any left!

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

3 TBS sugar

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 TBS baking powder

dash of salt

2 TBS vegetable oil

1 bottle beer

1 TBS butter

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix to distribute evenly.

Pour oil and beer over batter and mix by hand. Only mix until all the liquid has been incorporated, about 30-50 strokes.Turn out into a well greased loaf pan.
Dot top of batter with butter.

Bake for 45 minutes until risen and golden brown. Remove from oven and let sit in pan for 10 minutes. Turn out onto cutting board. We eat this bread hot out of the oven and crumbly. YUMMY!
Red Chicken 
Muffin Tin Potato Au Gratin
Roasted Cauliflower
Recipe: Red Chicken

This is such an easy recipe… and everyone loves it! 
1 lg pkg chicken drumstick and thighs
1 bottle Catilina Salad Dressing
1 envelope Lipton Onion Soup Mix
1 jar appricot jelly

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Rinse and pat chicken dry with a paper towel. Put chicken in a large baking dish.
Mix dressing, onion soup and appricot jelly together in a bowl and pour over chicken.
Cook chicken for 1 hour, or until tender and juices run clear.
Printable Recipe

Recipe: Muffin Tin Potato Au Gratin Stacks
These little stacks of deliciousness are over-the-top fabulous! Look for them in a upcoming Foodie Friday.

Dinner Wedge Salad
Leftover Beer Bread

Recipe: Wedge Salad

1 head iceburg lettuce
6 oz. good sharp cheddar cheese, grated
8 slices bacon
1 tomato, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
Bleu Cheese dressing- follows

Preheat over to 425. Put bacon on a sheet pan with a rim. Bake for 15-20 minutes until crispy. Put bacon on paper towel to drain and when cool, crumble.

Rinse and dry lettuce. Take out core. Cut into 4 wedges. (I cut them into 6 and save 2 wedges for taco’s)
To assemble. Put wedge on plate. Top with bleu cheese dressing. Sprinkly with cheese then bacon and finally tomato and green onion. Yummy!
Printable Recipe

Recipe: Bleu Cheese Dressing
This is such a delicious dressing!!!!! Much better than bottled!
1/4 cup crumbled bleu cheese (buy good cheese)
1/2 cup mayo (real)
1/4 cup sour cream (full fat)
2 TBS cider vinegar
1/2 cup chopped green onions- you can use green tops
1 TBS parsley
1TBS dill
1/2 tsp course salt, or 1/4 tsp regular salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 drops tabasco sauce.

I mix it in the blender. But it can also be mixed by hand if you want it chunkier. Can be doubled. Keep in refrigerator. This is also a great dipping sauce.

Grilled Planked Salmon
Homemade Applesauce

Recipe: Halushki
This is a Hungarian dish from my childhood! It is WONDERFUL. If you try one thing ON THE MENU this should be it.
1 large head cabbage, thinly cut into 1/4-1/2 inch strips
1 large onion, chopped
2 TBS vegetable oil
1 large bag fine noodles, cooked and drained
2 TBS butter
salt and pepper
cottage cheese.

Heat  oil in skillet. Add thinly sliced cabbage and onion. Salt and pepper liberally.Saute until cooked through and slightly browned.
Add cooked noodles and continue to saute. You may need to add a little extra vegetable oil. Add butter and stir it through.

Plate haluski and add a generous dollop of cottage cheese. So yummy!
Printable Recipe

StoneGable’s 2nd Bloggiversary Mikasa  Giveaway
The kind people at Mikasa are celebrating StoneGable’s 2nd Bloggiversary by giving one VERY lucky StoneGable reader… 
8 Place Settings of Italian Countryside Dinnerware
Italian Countryside
This BEAUTIFUL creamy white dinnerware is the true “workhorse” of my kitchen. I have had these dishes for years and years and I use them everyday! I love them as much now as I did the day I got them! 
A second lucky StoneGable reader will win 
Italian Countryside 5 Piece Serving Set

5 Piece Serving Set

This beautiful set includes: 
~an 8 1/2 inch vegetable bowl
~a covered sugar bowl
~a covered creamer
~ a 12″ buffet platter
This giveaway is so exciting for me because I know the winners will be so thrilled!
To enter….
Each entry gives you one chance to win
(you know I like options)

1. Leave a comment
2. Become a StoneGable follower or let me know you follow
3. Go to MIKASA and find a pattern you like, come back and tell me about it
4. Like Mikasa on facebook by clicking HERE or let me know you have already “liked” Mikasa
6. Post about StoneGable’s Mikasa Giveaway on your blog 
7. Put the giveaway on the sidebar of your blog with a link back to this post~ use the image on my sidebar please!
8. Put this giveaway on your facebook wall
9Tweet about the giveaway
Lot’s of ways to enter!!!!! AND A GREAT BONUS WAY TOO!
Giveaway will end Monday October 24, 2011 at 8:00 PM
Winner will be selected by Random Number Generator and will be announced 
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Thank you for celebrating with me!

I am participating in FULL PLATE THURSDAY at Miz Helen’s Counry Cottage.

Now what’s on your menu…


  1. says

    All your Menu items sound delicious. I’m thinking the individual meatloaves might just be the “perfect” food item for my Dad and Step~Mom. I’m wanting to try this Halushki, myself. I love cabbage! Enjoy your time celebrating with friends…for they are the family given to us by God!

  2. says

    Mother of Mercy woman that high tea menu sounds INCREDIBLE!!!! Better than teas I have been to in tea restaurants!!!! I doubt you wioll have any leftovers but I sure would love to sample some of those amazing treats:):) You are something special and Cathy is ONE LUCKY LADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

  3. says

    Yvonne, What a wonderful gift to your friend! I know it will be a top notch celebration! I have shared Chicken and Dumplings Bake and Lemon Pecan Tea Bread. Thank you for hosting!

  4. says

    What a lucky friend Cathy is!! She will feel so very special at your wonderful table. You put such thoughtfulness in all that you do, Yvonne!! Oh my, I love cabbage & look forward to trying the halushki & so many other of your recipes this week. Thanks for sharing & hosting. xoxo

  5. says

    It all sounds wonderful, Yvonne!

    I make Haluski, but the Polish version.
    I just made it for next week’s post.

    I can’t wait to see the tea, I am sure it will be wonderful!
    Thank you for hosting. I made apple pie covered with leaf shaped crust.

  6. says

    You are a wonderful friend Yvonne, and I think the Hostess with the Mostess!! Love every meal for every day. No complaints from me, I would be a very happy diner in your home. 😉 xo

  7. says

    I have been wanting to make some bread and the recipe for the beer bread sound like a very good one. I love how the whole house smells as bread is baking.
    Thank you
    msgb245 at gmail dot com

  8. says

    Oh goodness, what a fabulous menu this week. So many are making my mouth water! Have a fantastic time at the tea. What a wonderful friend you are to host this fabulous event!

  9. says

    I just made a large pot of chili and plan to make your beer bread recipe to go with the leftovers! Perfect timing for you post. I have been a follower of your blog and get such good recipe ideas. I love the Mikasa Antique White. I’ll let you know how the bread turns out. Dianne

  10. says

    Yum! My mouth is watering! Thanks for sharing all of your yummy recipes. They have been a hit! :-) I am unable to see the pictures of the dishes. But if it is Mikasa, it has to be beautiful! I’m already a follower of your blog and love to visit. :-)

  11. says

    I must be tired… I had to read “dot top of batter with butter” in your beer bread recipe like, 5 times before I got it and it wasn’t a tongue twister to me! Never read Monday’s postings Sunday nights! 😉

  12. says

    I am making beef stew on Thursday and I think I will need to make your beer bread with it. I bet it would be a hit. Your menu looks fabulous. And, your friend Cathy is one lucky lady. That high tea will be splendid.

  13. says

    Love your blog and facebook page and follow you on both…left a comment on your FB and Mikasa’s. The Autumn setting is gorgeous! I love your white dinnerware. You are right, it is so versatile. I’d love to be a winner! Meantime I’ll enjoy your recipes.
    Carla in Santa Barbara

  14. says

    Hi Yvonne,
    that menu sound delicious. Your friend will be very happy about the tea at your house. Thank you for sharing your nice recipes.
    best greetings, Johanna

  15. says

    Yvonne, your fall menu sounds delicious.

    I haven’t made beer bread in ages and had almost forgotten about it. I made it when we lived in the islands and we ran out of bread from town, I called it “island bread.” It’s a dream to make for the “non-baker” such as me and makes great toast. I got so interested in it I had a couple of different recipes.

    Thank you for hosting On the Menu Monday. We all appreciate your dedication and it makes Monday a great way to start the week.

  16. says

    I tried your butternut squash and sautéed rice on my menu last week….both were wonderful. I have been inspired to create weekly menus because of your blog and I love it! Have a great week!

  17. says

    Two of your recipes take me back to my childhood, my mother made individual meatloaves and wedge salads – as I did when my kiddies were growing up :-)

    Have a great week!

  18. says

    Thanks again for hosting On The Menu Monday, Yvonne! It sounds like you’ve had lots of fun celebrations with friends lately. I’ve never tried Haluski but I’m pretty sure I’d love it. Another delicious week at StoneGable!

  19. says

    Yvonne, what an elegant way to celebrate a birthday with high tea and you’ve prepared such a lovely menu. I’m sure your good friend will appreciate it. Happy Birthday wishes to your friend.


  20. says

    I registered for this china set for our wedding! It would be great to win it, so we could get additional pieces for our wedding instead! I LOVE it!

  21. says

    I could not wait to make your beer bread! In fact it’s in my oven right now. I have a few questions about the recipe. First of all, I am assuming a 12 oz. can of beer is the same amount as a bottle. What size loaf pan do you use? I know when baking, everything needs to be correct as far as amounts and size of pans but you did not specify. Also, the dough was more like a thick pancake batter, is that the right consistency? I was a little nervous because it didn’t seem to be a bread dough at all. Can’t wait to taste it! Thanks!

  22. says

    I adore your photography and your elegant take on decor! You create such beauty by perfection in each element you choose!

    I would love to win the Mikasa dinnerware! Gorgeous!

    Thank you for your beautiful blog and generous sharing of delicious! recipes!! Can you tell I have some spare exclamation points for praise?

    Kay Dalton

  23. says

    Your menu looks great. We,too, love Red Chicken although we have never called it that. I must try the Blue Cheese Dressing. It is my husband’s favorite, and I have never tried to make it from scratch. Today I bring a recipe for making Homemade Cake Mix. Thanks for hosting.

  24. Cindy says

    I found your blog about a year ago and look forward to your weekly menus each Monday. I really enjoy your tablescapes as well. Thanks for sharing!

  25. says

    Mmm…everything sounds so good. I think the fall weather has made me want to cook (and eat) more! I haven’t made what you call “Red Chicken” in years. I’d forgotten all about it and it is delicious and easy!

  26. says

    Hi Yvonne,
    I just love your menus, I am going to choose the Tea this week. Everything looks so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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