Friday, October 23, 2015

A Recap of Our Owl Creek Gazette "Little House on the Prairie~Laura Ingalls Wilder" Autumn Dinner

Recipes for our "Little House on the Prairie~Laura Ingalls Wilder" Autumn Dinner came directly from or were inspired by the Little House Cookbook.  The menu included baked turkey, mashed 'taters and turnips, fried apples 'n onions, corn bread muffins and pumpkin pie and was prepared under the direction of Head Chef Roxanne Bare.  
Nearly 50 folks joined us for the dinner. 

We chose eco-friendly place settings for our Sunday, October 18th.  The dinner plates were 100% tree-free, made from unbleached, chlorine free, pesticide free, dye free, natural discarded wheat stalk and bagasse (sugarcane fiber), and contain no plastic or wax lining. The cutlery was  made of smooth birchwood, is 100% compostable, and a great alternative to plastics.  

All five turkeys went into the ovens around 11am.

Here's a glimpse of the evening before the dinner got fully underway with several folks already at their tables, enjoying conversation with new and long-time friends!
Taylor Steele was busy serving tea to folks as they visited and later helped bring the family-style servings of prepared dishes to the tables.

The plates were filled with the hearty fare!
(It seems the pumpkin pie, made by Jes Adam, was gobbled up and enjoyed without a single photo being taken ... trust us, it was tasty too!)

Storyteller Linda Dust treats folks to stories and ballads of the period utilizing her dulcimer and guitar too.

These Little House on the Prairie books served as door prizes for the evening and were graciously donated by Sherry Smith-Stanford, owner of Ocean To Ocean Antiques in Newton, Illinois! 
Later, in the kitchen, Roxanne Bare and crew member, Becky Tracy, took the first turkey out of the roaster. Sheila Williamson looked on, ready to take on the next task that needed to be done while Venus Arnoldy (not pictured here) was working in the dining area.

Jim and Neva Fulton from Sacramento, California attended the dinner. The couple have a second home in Southern Illinois and were visiting the area for the month of October. The Fultons, pictured here with Don and Jan Stover, also subscribe to the Owl Creek Gazette  ... and it was a real treat to have them make their way to Greenville  and join in the fun!

Tune in HERE to give a listen to Owl Creek Gazette co-editors, Don and Jan, give a lively recap of the event on their podcast, Creekside with Don and Jan!

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