Two of my favorite things are dahlias and textiles, especially handwoven ones like this beautiful piece from San Gimignano. I’m attracted to work like this because I’m never going to weave with threads so small and have great appreciation for the time it must take to thread a loom with fiber no thicker than sewing thread. So how do the two combine? On a table where they become inspiration for this night’s dinner gathering.With colors much like the dahlias, the harlequin patterned plates are a natural choice and need no background other than the copper toned chargers. Add rose toned flatware from Target and teal thumbprint stems that were a lucky find at a back road antique shop and the settings are done.
Ladies will find their places where napkins are secured by dragon fly napkin rings from Ikea
and guys theirs where there is a cigalle. I think it is supposed to be what holds a cloth in place on a windy day, but for me it’s a handy napkin ring.
In the fading light of day, the colors and textures on the table are a perfect complement for that shining through the windows. Dinner is going to begin with a zucchini basil soup that is easy to prepare and is tasty warm or cold. With the weather being cooler, I’m going for warm this time.
Zucchini Basil Soup
4-5 medium zucchini
4 c. chicken broth
1/3 c. Chopped onion
1-2 T. chopped basil
Salt and pepper
Over medium heat, simmer first 3 ingredients until vegetables are tender. Add basil and with an immersion blender puree until the mixture is smooth. Season to taste.
When ready to serve, add a dollop of sour cream or yogurt and a sprinkling of fresh basil.
That’s all there is to it except for sitting back and enjoying.
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