Sunday Supper...Asparagus Goat Cheese and Lemon Pasta

Our special friend Jane...who is really more like family than a friend...(we go waaaaay back), hosted a dinner party Friday. She's in a group that takes turns hosting a dinner that is prepared by a chef from the Capitol Hotel in Little Rock.

Jane is a Master Gardener and has fabulous taste...she worked hard all week planting mums, gathering pumpkins and decorating her home for Fall.

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I ran by Friday afternoon to lend her some candlesticks and my two cents worth for her dining tablescape.

Is this not gorgeous?.....The menu was various courses of Rustic Italian Food...she planned the perfect tablescape...

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Love the pumpkin centerpiece...

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Lot's of glasses on the table for wine tastings for each course...

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Cute pumpkin candles and beautiful napkins from Pottery Barn.

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Potted oregano take home favors really complement the setting...

And the addition of the vintage candlesticks adds just the right amount of height...Vintage bar glasses hold votives on the antique brass candlesticks...

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The Sisters are headed to Round Top for 10 days on Tuesday. As I looked around Jane's home I was reminded of how many things we have found for her at Round Top and other antique venues over the years...She has us look for something special every trip we take...the result is a home filled with very unique pieces that she never tires of... and will never go out of style...

We found this fabulous hearth chair last Fall...

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Turkish olive jars...

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A wonderful crest...

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Blackamoor Statue...

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French table and chairs...

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These wall brackets...

There is also an iron console, an antique mirror and pair of antique candelabra lamps in this room that we didn't get a picture of that have all been found in our travels...and I forgot the dining chairs as well..

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This fabulous iron planter and decorative piece of iron mounted above came from Round Top...

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As did a pair of  these cute little iron tables...

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Do you have a request?...our list is growing...what can we find for you?

Obviously with getting ready to leave town there is not a lot of time to slave in the kitchen...in honor of Jane's Rustic Italian table setting we're sharing this simple pasta recipe...only takes about 15 minutes to make...

Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Lemon Pasta

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The Recipe

1 lb. pasta (I used penne)

1 lb. slender asparagus spears, cut into 1- to 1 1/2-inch pieces

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon grated lemon peel

2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon plus more for garnish

1 4- to 5-ounce log soft fresh goat cheese (the pre-crumbled stuff will not melt as well)

Fresh lemon juice to taste (I used half a lemon)

salt and pepper to taste

Cook pasta in a large pot of well-salted water until it is almost tender, or about three minutes shy of what the package suggests. Add asparagus and cook until firm-tender, another two to three minutes. Drain both pasta and asparagus together, reserving one cup of pasta water. Meanwhile combine olive oil, lemon peel, tarragon and cheese in a large bowl, breaking up the goat cheese as you put it in. Add hot pasta and asparagus to bowl, along with a couple slashes of the pasta water. Toss until smoothly combined, adding more pasta water if needed. Season genersously with salt and pepper, and lemon juice if you feel it needs a little extra kick.

Found this recipe on Pinterest from A Life of Flavor...she shares lots of great recipes...

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